Thursday, 7 August 2014
Review: Gary's Garden - Book 1 by Gary Northfield
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Trade papaerback
Released: August 7th, 2014
Ah bliss! Here is Gary chilling in his Garden. But wait!! Look CLOSER! Look what's happening right under Gary's NOSE - . Grumpy Caterpillars! Space travelling ladybirds! Ninja Hedgehogs! PARP! What was that? An insect orchestra - wow! HAHAHA! And what's that? It's all the laughter coming out of GARY'S GARDEN - why don't you come and see?
Gary's Garden is without a doubt one of the best comic books I've ever read. And that's saying something! It's all about the animals and insects that live at the bottom of Gary's garden, causing havoc and getting up to mischief of mammoth proportions while poor Gary just thinks they're being a bit unruly. If only he knew...
This first volume of Gary's Garden contains twenty-six stories of various lengths that tell the hilarious tales of what these creatures get up to. My personal favourites are 'Chompy', about a worm that thinks it's a caterpillar; 'Larry Ladybird, Lord of the Jungle!', the story of a warrior ladybird in a loincloth; 'John Ladybird, of Mars', about a ladybird who thinks he's travelled to Mars and back; 'Boris and Monroe', the delightful account of a friendship between a hedgehog and a fox; and 'Mr Leaf', which sees a little ladybird get too attached to a leaf. Every one of these stories is utterly brilliant and made me laugh, though of course the whole book is a bit genius!
Gary Northfield has written and illustrated Gary's Garden and he is amazing. His jokes are effortlessly funny, his dialogue is fast and snappy, his stories connect through character cameos and his illustrations are clever and cute. There's a great imagination behind the contents of this book and that shines through on every page; I don't know about you but I've never once thought there could be tadpoles in my pond just casually waiting for their arms!
I'm actually really sad that I've finished this graphic novel and there's no more waiting for me. I desperately want to read more about the animal antics in Gary's garden and just what exactly is lurking in his overgrown weeds, so I'm just hoping there are plans to publish more. Gary's Garden is the perfect family read, and I promise you won't forget these characters in a hurry. And hey, the next time you see a ladybird, check if he's wearing a loincloth made out of a hankie!