Into the Volcano by Don Wood


Into the Volcano by Don Wood

This graphic novel tells the story of Duffy and Sumo Pugg, brothers whom their father pulls out of class at school. He introduces them to their cousin, Mr. Come-and-Go, who takes them to the island of Kocalaha for ten days while their mother finishes research in Borneo. They fly on a private plane to stay with their Auntie Lulu on Kocalaha, which bears a strong resemblance to the Big Island of Hawaii.  Shortly after they arrive the boys are taken on an expedition with their cousin and other family and friends, on a dangerous boat ride to hike through lava tubes to an unknown destination. Their adventure is shrouded in mystery and filled with danger, especially when Duffy and Sumo become separated from everyone else. Sumo has been less energetic than Duffy, but when Duffy is hurt, Sumo has to figure out what to do to get then both to safety.

The story of this novel is totally implausible but great fun. The artwork is vivid and really brings the characters to life. I really enjoyed this imaginative story and the distinct personality of each character. The way the layout varies, with different size panels on the pages, adds more interest. Even people who are not regular graphic novel fans will find this a great introduction to the genre.

Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson


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