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Oddly Normal, Book 1
by Otis Frampton


Overview - "The text contains some sophisticated vocabulary and literary references (there is a vampire named Bram, for instance), while remaining accessible. Fignation is a richly imagined world of fantastical creatures. The drawings throughout are engaging and make good use of moody, saturated colors.  Read more...

 
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Overview
"The text contains some sophisticated vocabulary and literary references (there is a vampire named Bram, for instance), while remaining accessible. Fignation is a richly imagined world of fantastical creatures. The drawings throughout are engaging and make good use of moody, saturated colors. A recreation of an Oddly Normal collection published in 2006 that expands upon the original story and has reimagined illustrations. VERDICT This is Frampton's fully realized vision for Oddly Normal; it is worth adding to any collection, even those that already contain the earlier edition." - School Library Journal

"Frampton's art is refreshingly quirky, with strong lines and bold use of color. The world he creates is full of fun and whimsy, and kids will easily relate to Oddly's struggle to become comfortable in her own skin. This will quickly become a favorite among comics fans." - Booklist

Meet Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair - a half-witch who will be the first to tell you that having a mother from a magical land called Fignation, also known as the Wicked Witch of the West and a father from Earth doesn't make it easy to make friends at school On her tenth birthday, she blows out the candles on her birthday cake and makes a disastrous wish. Now, Oddly must travel to Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents' disappearance. Join Oddly as she navigates a strange new school, teenage angst, monstrous bullies, and Evil itself on an unforgettable fantasy adventure through the vibrant world of Fignation in Oddly Normal.

"A charming and relatable fish-out-of-water tale." -- Hope Larson, A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781632152268
  • ISBN-10: 1632152266
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 128
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 8.84 x 6.46 x 0.21 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.48 pounds

Series: Oddly Normal #1

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-06-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Half witch and half human, 10-year-old Oddly Normal is used to being outcast at school—her green hair and pointy ears immediately mark her as different, and her family's home, a haunted house lookalike among cookie-cutter suburban colonials, sticks out just as much. Frustrated that her parents are so happy while she is so isolated, Oddly makes a birthday wish for them to disappear—and they do (along with the house). Her auntie promptly shows up and brings Oddly to her mother's homeland of Fignation, where zombies rub shoulders with robots, giant insects serve as public transportation, and Oddly feels as lonely as ever. Over five chapters (originally published as separate comics), Frampton addresses relatable topics like feeling like an outsider and trying to make friends in an unfamiliar, unfriendly setting. Vivid cartooning, in the vein of '90s cartoons like Gargoyles or Recess, meshes well with the goofy goings-on in the story (at one point, a smiling sun yanks a curtain across the sky to turn night into day). Little is resolved in this first installment, with the fate of Oddly's parents left to future books. Ages 9-up. (July)

 
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