CBR15Passport Books I own (had since mid-2022)
I was not totally into My Little Ponies toys and cartoons as a kid, but I had my share and watched the shows/movies. As an adult, I have gotten back into them as my nephew (in his wonderful oddness of finding things that appeal to his sense of the world) has found them (he likes the music and colors mostly) and we have something we can share (though I am learning a lot about Frozen, superheroes and Five Nights of Freddie, too). I find the graphic novels (first to read, then share). They are light but My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 10 Volume one really hits home with modern themes. Adults will understand the idea of “oops my bad I was a kid” friendship woes, as will the older reader, but it is the child who is just reading the illustrations that might not be completely into things.
You need to know some of the previous stories to read this multiple layered Jeremy Whitley story, and it is based on a newer series, but the readers which this is aimed for (at least eight and up but could be read to the younger crowd) can pick it up. This is just pure My Little Pony with all the “ponytastic” adventures. We follow a handful of the ponies traveling to another country (which are the countries of their non-pony friends) to have connections with more friends. The focus for the adventure of this graphic novel is a newish to me character, named Zecora. She is a zebra who only speaks in rhyme and has learned magic. We deal with the ghosts of old friendship hurts, a big snake that attacks the villages, a Roc, and how to come together for the greater good (we also get a musical interlude that is several characters magically becoming KISS characters). There are a few “action scares” (the snake for one) but overall, nothing too drastic.
Andry Price’s (and others) illustrations are right in the Pony World of cute, funky, and fun. I would like to hear the accent of two characters (one seems to be a bit of a Gilligan of Gilligan’s Island character but with a stereotyped “Swedish accent.” and Rockhoof, a pony of mythology is either a Thor-like Norse character (he has a shovel not hammer) or Scottish) as the illustrations do not bring that across, but it was not a huge issue. There are no real surprises to the art, but that is what makes them good as you know what you are getting into. These are Today’s Ponies and you know what to expect from therm.
An additional story at the end makes the Ponies even more modern and the alternative covers and artwork was a fun addition. The added story follows five characters I have never meet but bring us political correctness with the (first or at least first confirmed) same-gender pony couple. Auntie Holiday and Auntie Lofty watch Scootaloo for her Steve and Terry Irwin look-alike-parents.