Trolls #1: Hugs and Friends

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-11-35-21-amWriter: Trolls Writer: Dave Scheidt; Bergens Writer: Tini Howard
Artist and Colorist: Kathryn Hudson
Age Range: 6-10
Release: September 2016
Pages: 64
Rating: 2 out of 5

Description from Publisher:

It’s the Trolls first graphic novel! Who are the Trolls? Who are the Bergens? Why is there one Troll who isn’t happy like all the other Trolls? And why does this Troll know more about the Bergens than any other Troll? Find out more about Poppy and Branch in this all-new collection of comics that take place before the Trolls motion picture. Warning: You may never look at a cupcake the same way after you see this graphic novel.

DISCLAIMER:  I received an advance copy of Trolls #1: Hugs and Friends from the publisher through NetGalley for the purposes of writing a review.

My kids and I wanted to like this book, but something was lost. If you haven’t seen the movie Trolls and don’t know the characters, this graphic novel doesn’t help to introduce the them and what they are about. There are fifteen short stories in the book with 55 actual story pages. This gives you an average of three pages per story. Not a lot time to create a story and get into it.

My daughter, who reads a lot of graphic novels, finished this in one setting. She told me that the stories were uninteresting and the characters were forgettable. She usually reads books many times, but I have yet to see her read this one twice. She (and I) went into this book hoping to meet the characters (especially since this is the first book and we haven’t seen the movie) and find out who they are. It feels like the authors assumed that everyone reading the book has seen the movie.

I really like the illustrations by Kathryn Hudson. They made the characters more enjoyable. The only problem was that the stories didn’t keep me or my daughter engaged.

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