Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities.
80p. 978-0-81098-423-3.
Gr 4-6 Shiga introduces readers to a whole new technique of reading comics. Jimmy must decide if he wants chocolate or vanilla ice cream. That's the first choice readers face in order to determine the fate of the world in this "Choose Your Own Adventure" style graphic novel. Rather than reading panels left to right, color-coded tubelike lines send children in the direction the panels should be read, from right to left/left to right, up to down/down to up, and flipping backwards to pages rather than going forward. Tabs on the edge of the pages help move the tubes along, directing readers to which page to read next. If a tube splits into two paths from a panel, readers then must choose which scenario to follow. Illustrations are drawn in ink, with color overlay. The text is clearly written by hand and will be easily deciphered by readers. Seasoned graphic-novel fans will be entertained by selecting scenarios throughout this action-packed book while developing problem-solving skills. Thousands of story possibilities will guarantee them a different experience each time they pick up this book. However, some readers may have to run their finger along the tube lines to keep track of their place in the story's path, as some of them can be quite long or zigzagged."Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, OR" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
An amped-up Choose-Your-Own-Adventure tale, Shiga's amazingly complex graphic novel begins with a boy ordering ice cream. Chocolate or vanilla? After readers pick a flavor, they follow a tube to connecting frames on page after page. As readers make more choices, they create their own story (or stories) involving a scientist and his inventions. It's an involving reading experience--and dizzyingly fun.
Jason Shiga brings the choose-your-own-adventure format to the graphic novel. Glossy paper, bright colors, multiple tabs on each page, and an innovative layout and design give Meanwhile both tactile and visual appeal. Interactive and fantastical plotlines will keep readers hooked. And, with thousands of possible storylines, Meanwhile is endlessly re-readable. Attentive readers will find codes throughout the book that lead to top-secret pages, sending the book’s cool factor off the charts.

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