Serafina and the Black Cloak: The Graphic Novel

Disney-Hyperion. Apr. 2023. 128p. adapted by adapt. by Michael Moreci. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9781368072229; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781368076906.
Gr 4-6–In this coming-of-age story steeped in history and sprinkled with fantasy, adapted from the novel, readers get a chance to visually enjoy brave Serafina’s world. Serafina, the Chief Rat Catcher of the Biltmore Estate, lives with Pa, hidden in the shadows of the estate’s basement—until one day, Sera witnesses a sinister abduction at the hands of the man in the black cloak. Serafina is determined to put her rat-catching skills to use to find the unfortunate young girl and the other children who have also gone missing. Along the way, she befriends the young master of the house and discovers who she really is after years of feeling lost and alone. Bold, vibrant illustrations succeed in creating a rich atmosphere that envelopes readers in mystery and emotion. Less is more in this work, as a limited palette and effectively sparse background details focus on the action that drives the story forward. However, a lack of transitions and context does create some jarring moments as readers are hurtled through the story. Main characters cue as white.
VERDICT Masterful illustrations are let down by disjointed text. Still, it’s a fun, quick read. Purchase where the series is popular and readers are hungry for action-packed reads.

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