- Paperback: 176 pages
- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Publisher: Walker (4 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1406340928
- ISBN-13: 978-1406340921
- Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1.3 x 24.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Point Blanc Graphic Novel (Alex Rider) Paperback – 4 Oct 2012
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A stylish new edition of the acclaimed graphic novel adaptation of Alex Rider's second thrilling mission.
About the Author
Anthony Horowitz is an award-winning childrens author, writer for television and creator of the phenomenal bestselling Alex Rider and Power of 5 series as well as the Diamond Brothers Detective books all published by Walker Books. He lives in London, EC1. Antony Johnston is an award-winning author of more than a dozen graphic novels in everything from horror to romance, and has also written video games, books and animation. He has reinvented Marvels flagship character Wolverine for manga, and adapted many of Alan Moores prose works into comic form. He lives in Barnoldswick, Lancashire.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is an excellent adventure story, and the Ian Fleming estate obviously agree, as they have hired Mr Horowitz to write the latest James Bond series for grown-ups.
We have the usual opening / pre-credit mini-adventure that the James Bond films have developed, which leads us into the main story, which has Alex semi-reluctantly sent on a mission to infiltrate a “finishing school” (as they used to be called) for troublesome rich kids on a mountain-top on the Swiss border - hence my reference to OHMSS.
The story itself is excellently plotted, and the script and artwork are both excellent. The artwork is a bit too ‘cartoony’ for my usual tastes, but it somehow fits in perfectly with the feel of the story, and the Japanese artist-team’s style does seem to make it all look like a young person’s view of the world (and of James Bond films).
There is obviously much influence from the James Bond films (not so much from the original novels); even down to the slightly stereotyped (though probably not to younger readers) Bond villain, who, indeed, spells out his master-plan for us in great detail, and grown-ups will undoubtedly enjoy spotting which Bond film which scene was lifted from.
It was very entertaining, and the finale actually had me wondering just who walked away from the fight - but that might just have been the Japanese-influenced art...
As a parent, and a reading mentor, I am in favour of any books which get children reading for fun. If graphic novels engage children - particularly reluctant readers - and allow them to experience the joy of reading, then I am totally in favour.
Excellent way to prove reading is fun. Have given these as presents and the magic always works. Previous generations like mine had the comic to interest them - graphic novels work the same way. Highly recommend
Will appeal to all those who enjoyed Beano and other comics, then got into other comic-strip books such as Tintin, Asterix and the graphic Artemis Fowls. Whets the appetite for the next move towards more sustained reading of text, with some pictures for light relief such as Diary of a Wimpy kid, or Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell's Far-Flung Adventures.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great way to encourage boys to read, my son really enjoyed this book.Published 21 months ago by D. Norman
My son loved this series of books. Comics and graphic novels are a fab way for engaging boys in reading at an early age.Published on 14 July 2014 by Albita
a very good read my son adores all charlie higsons books..hes really happy with his collection. great service thank youPublished on 19 Jun. 2014 by ZEN
I have not read it but it was a Christmas present that was requested by my grandson, so I assume he enjoyed it.Published on 18 Jan. 2013 by Mrs L I Humber