Short and Sweet Reviews // Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol 1

What good are friends? Nobody understands my special projects. All they care about is when Eduardo saw Taylor Swift on Yancy Street, or The Avengers, or the “Theory” of Evolution.

— Lunella Lafayette, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

In the graphic novel Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos (Illustrations), we met Lunella Lafayette, a 9-year-old genius who is living in a world where everyone just wants her to settle down and act like a normal kid.

They don’t understand her interests or motivations and are always either restricting her or blaming her for her difficulties. Try as she may she is anything but ordinary, and she struggles to stay out of trouble.Which is something all of us can identify with, especially us girls, yes?

She is working to find a cure for her “Inhuman” genes, a quest which has caused her enough headaches when a big giant dinosaur is transported from the past—along with some very unfriendly folks—to make life a little (read: a lot) more complicated.

I wanted to like this, but I have to be honest, it was a bit corny, a bit messy, and a little odd. It was too hard for me to suspend reality and really get into it.

I don’t need to be protected all the time! I don’t need you. I’m a big girl.

— Lunella Lafayette, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

I liked Lunella. I could understand her frustrations, motivations, and relationships. What I struggled with was the pacing of the story and some of the dialog. Everything moved too fast. Before I could grasp what had happened in the previous scenes, we were in the middle of the current one. I think a bit more explanation and background story might have helped.

After I read it and got over my initial disappointment, I realized that Moon Girl might have been written for a much younger audience. The book reminded me of one of my favorite books from my childhood, A Wrinkle in Time. The plots have nothing to do with one another, except for the fact that a young girl must find her place in the world and, in the process, possibly save it.

So, would I recommend it? If you are into graphic novels, and you want to read something a little different, then yes. If you are into books where young girls—especially young girls of color—make a difference in the world, then yes. If you are the parent of a young girl who you want to encourage to make a difference in the world, then yes.

Other than that, this probably isn’t something you will find very exciting.

Still, though, it was pretty cute :)

I know you love me. I know you’re afraid. But I also know I can do this—and I won’t be alone. Don’t wait up…

— Lunella Lafayette, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur


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