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Neil Gaiman’s How To Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman | SLJ Review

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redstarGAIMAN, Neil. Neil Gaiman’s How To Talk to Girls at Parties. illus. by Gabriel Bá & Fábio Moon. 64p. Dark Horse. Jul. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781616559557.

how-to-talk-to-girl-at-partiesGr 7 Up –Two young men named Vic and Enn walk down the street, trying to find their friend’s party, when they come across a house playing loud music that draws them in. Vic has always been popular, and he tries to give Enn advice on talking to pretty girls. Both start talking to different young women, but they soon discover that the girls and the party are not what they appear to be. This graphic novel is based on Gaiman’s Locus Award–winning story, which was previously published in his Fragile Things and M Is For Magic anthologies. The graphic novel format works seamlessly with the narrative. The ink-and-watercolor artwork has a surreal, luminous quality that deftly captures glowing eyes, waves of music, lamp light, and the characters’ emotional turmoil. Teens cannot help but notice this title’s striking illustrations and think about which panels would look best framed on their walls. VERDICT For fans of surreal fantasy, inspired writing and artwork, and Gaiman.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library

This review was published in the School Library Journal October 2016 issue.