While you can read the graphic novel, School Trip (New Kid volume 3) solo, you should read volumes one and two first. Jerry Craft has created another interesting look into the life and times of the “new kid at school” Jordan, and how he changes, grows and has the crazy growing pains of being a kid today. And these are not just the usual homework, bullies and friend issues, but he is also dealing with being a kid of color, and is different from most of his old friends from the neighborhood. His art and always thinking, also makes him a little different from his school friends, as well. But together they are able to deal with the usual issues and the ones unique to them. This time we see our band of students off to Paris and see how the differences there and here can affect us. And we see that when in France, one should do as the French do, even if that is using an outside toilet.
Several pieces of information come together, and some are brushed over, or never felt completed for me. However, overall, if you like Jerry Craft’s other two books, go on with this and do a wrap of this chapter of the lives of Jordan and friends. There are a few plot points that I was not thrilled with, and at least one of them (the mix up of the chaperones going on the several school trips) was the biggest. I am assuming that the students involved had a reason from book two to do it, but the adult me did not find it amusing.
This time around I noticed some of the Easter eggs Craft has left behind. With the talk of race and banned/challenged books in this volume, there are some interesting hidden surprises. The illustrations are Craft’s signature style, and the book continues with Craft’s work as the “all knowing narrator” and Jordan’s original work to illustrate the point(s) trying to be made at that time.