Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Book Review: Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel

The Story: After a terminally ill boy is accidentally zapped into the world of ghosts by a ghost wrangler, he is quickly befriended by a skeletal horse, and it isn’t long before he’s encountered the ghost of his grandfather. As the ghost wrangler tries to get into the ghost world to save him, the boy soon finds himself a target of the dictator of this strange world, and must use the mystical power of being a living person in a world of ghosts to fight back.

My Thoughts: This wild and weird graphic novel was quite fun to read. The author’s storytelling and art are filled with amusing and original touches. The colorful art adds a lot to the story, with monsters and creepy settings and spectacular battles all brought to life on the pages. Without the pictures, I wonder if it would have been just a slightly above average dark fantasy story, but with the pictures, the tale has what it needed to be something special. Those who like horror or dark fantasy that isn’t too grim will enjoy this whimsical journey through a dark but hopeful world.

Content Overview: Violence is mild and often goofy. Scary scenes likewise are more on the light-hearted side, though some children might still be frightened by them. The bizarre world of ghosts is obviously far outside of Christian theology, but it’s not meant to be believed in.


  1. *places hold on book at library* o.O Apparently you write convincing book reviews, Jonathan. ;)

    1. Wow. Thank you, Amy! That's good, I guess. ;)