Graphic Novel Review: Odd Duck

Graphic Novel Review: Odd DuckOdd Duck by Cecil Castellucci
Published by First Second on May 14th 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 96
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Theodora is a perfectly normal duck. She may swim with a teacup balanced on her head and stay north when the rest of the ducks fly south for the winter, but there's nothing so odd about that.  Chad, on the other hand, is one strange bird. Theodora quite likes him, but she can't overlook his odd habits. It's a good thing Chad has a normal friend like Theodora to set a good example for him.  But who exactly is the odd duck here? Theodora may not like the answer. Sara Varon (Robot Dreams) teams up with Cecil Castellucci (Grandma's Gloves) for a gorgeous, funny, and heartwarming examination of the perils and pleasures of friendship.

Plot: Theodora thinks she has the perfect life until a new neighbor shows up. Suddenly, she finds that being all by herself is not as great as she first thought. Chad has his own way of living and soon Theodora realizes maybe she is not the normal perfect duck she thought she was. I love this friendship and how it blossoms throughout the story. There’s ups and downs as Chad and Theodora begin to learn more about each other and themselves.

Characters: I simply love Theodora, who seems to take after my own heart. Chad reminds me of many friends and is zany in his own ways. Together, the two really learn a lot about friendship.

Graphics: I love the style and colors in this book. Lots of beautiful pastels are used in the book and really make it come to life.

Final Verdict: A fantastic graphic novel for all ages that has a wonderful message about friendship.

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