I’ll be honest, I was a bit disheartened when a member of my book group chose a graphic novel as our next big read. I was worried that it would fail to capture my imagination and that I’d be unable to care about the characters or the story.
The illustrations are brilliant and really help to convey the loneliness and alienation felt by the central characters; and their joy as they escape into a fantasy world of superheroes and alien invasions.
It made me think about the importance of stocking a diverse range of graphic novels in public libraries. All too often these collections are made up of popular Japanese manga novels which have mass appeal and are more likely to drive issue figures.
Tales from the Farm offers something a bit different for the genre and has the potential to inspire readers; helping some to come to terms with the transition from childhood to adulthood; and offering others the opportunity to reflect on their early years and childhood fantasies of space exploration and saving the world…a time when anything was possible!
Either way, I feel that graphic novels like this add genuine value to public library collections and to the lives of those who read them.
Thanks to Coll for opening my mind to the wonderful world of graphic novels!