Fangirls! I’ve wanted to grab this book for quite some time but I never seemed to do so. Luckily, those wonderful Days gave me many great books and comics, and Hark! A Vagrant was one of them.
Hark a Vagrant is a serious of history comics. They’re based on all sorts of things; ranging from Sacajawea to Canadian stereotypes to Batman. It’s quite the unique and solid mix! I read it in one day (because I like to get things done), but it seems like a good sometimes book; you can pick up and leave off wherever, and you can come back to it after reading it on tough days and just find a great couple of pages. It’s nice.
The art is simple and perfect; Beaton gives characters and historical figures the most expressive and done faces I’ve ever seen. It’s incredibly relatable because of that. I think the way she writes her jokes also makes it relatable, but the art conveys a lot.
I almost had too much fun reading this, and it makes me very ready to read King Baby (another of Beaton’s books). It was a wonderful romp all the way through, and helped me finish out the end of an exhausting weekend on a high note. I recommend this collection of comics for readers 12 and up; there are some minor adult themes, but I think if parents read first, they can give the younger ones a slightly abridged version.
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