A while back I saved the online link to Mossy and Tweed: Double Trouble (I Like to Read Comics) by Mirka Hokkanen. Then I needed a quick read at lunch recently. I found my saved link and read a cute story about the “new unicorn in town” who is “better and flashier” and all that jazz. Of course, in the end the Old Wise Unicorn needs to save the day and the two Unicorns become friends. The adult reader will see that Old Wise Unicorn is not so Unicornish but the idea that we all have our special talents is the point of things. The illustrations are cute, but not WOW for me. They fit things and have a simple look to not distract from the story. But they also help move things along. They are not under color but not over color either. It is a comfortable book.
I was not sure I wanted to read the book. The cover image looked too simple and had a “I’m going to go for the obvious laugh that probably is not funny” look to it. Boy was that a lesson in “Don’t judge a book by its cover” moment. And while, yes, the humor is obvious, it can be funny. Especially for the aged six to ten crowd. The younger end would need a little reading help, and the higher end is for the younger reader (I would go more to the 8-9 range). Things are simple enough, but there is enough to flesh things out and keep me going.
Unlike The Lost Mitten (I Like to Read Comics) by Jannie Ho. This book had “I am going to be simple and my humor will only appeal to the young at heart who likes simple humor or really young kids” to it. I would not have normally finished it had it not been only a handful of pages. It was an online read that will be out in November 2023 that did not have a lot to it. Rabbit and Mouse find a red mitten. And Rabbit uses it as a hat for one ear. They go to look for the owner, run into friends and there is a scary mystery they will solve (everyone is vague why they do not want to follow the tracks that probably lead to the owner of the mitten). They have snacks too. They find the owner, it has an interesting twist (because of an event that happens) and there is a little surprise if you follow the illustrations. The artwork is nice, but basic. There was not a lot to see, except for the main story arc, but that is fine. It just did not make me want to read more of Rabbit and Mouse adventures.
Mossy and Tweed Double Trouble is also due in November 2023, but you can read the first book, Mossy and Tweed: Crazy for Coconuts. It might explain a few little bumps I had with this one so I will be finding it.