Graphic Novel Review: Thunderous

Thunderous by M.L. Smoker

by M.L. Smoker, Natalie Peeterse, Dale DeForest (Artist)

3 out of 5 stars

Aiyana is tired of hearing Lakota stories and legends about her ancestors. She wishes her family would just focus on the modern world. When her class goes on a field trip to the mountains, she worries more about hanging out with the popular girls rather than with her cousin. She suffers a fall and is somehow transported to the world of the Lakota legends, where the trickster Raven tries to trick her into staying forever. To make her way back to the human world, Aiyana will have to complete several quests and befriend some talking animals along the way.

I love that this graphic novel teaches us about Lakota traditions and heritage! It’s so interesting to learn about this beautiful culture.

I was sort of confused that the art style on the cover is completely different from the art style of the book. The art style inside is much more cartoonish.

The story is good, but doesn’t really flow in a natural way. The plot is kind of disjointed and the pacing is strange. A child reading this book would probably not notice though.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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