Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Book Review: Freaky & the Fearless #1-3 by Robin Etherington & Jan Bielecki


Title: Freaky and Fearless: How to Tell a Tall Tale
Author: Robin Etherington
Illustrator: Jan Bielecki
Authors Info: Robin|Jan
Genre: Children', Graphic Novel
Series: Freaky & the Fearless #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Piccadilly Press
Publication Date: 3rd March 2016
Rating: 3 stars

Tell Me About It
The FREAKY comic world collides with three FEARLESS kids in an explosion of fun, action, laughs and adventure!

Simon Moss is just an ordinary boy who loves action comics and wishes he were brave enough to star in one. Mossy is a gifted storyteller though and his best friend Whippet is a prolific, imaginative artist who is also fanatical about comics, the really freaky ones. It's up to the world's coolest girl, craftiest inventor and smallest explorer - Lucy Shufflebottom - to kick the boys into gear as they hunt the mysterious shadowy beast that has kidnapped Mossy's younger sister.

Can they track down the monster? And what exactly is it, anyway?!

A magical, hilarious and highly-illustrated adventure perfect for fans of TOM GATES and DORK DIARIES
My Thoughts
I'd never heard of these books before they were in a blogger newsletter. I liked the idea of them straight away and couldn't wait to make a start on them.
I love how Freaky and Fearless: How to Tell a Tall Tale has its own set of comics inside, Freaky, and Fearless, and best friends Mossy and Whippet like different ones. The writing style of the book itself was very unique. We get to see the comic strip itself, along with the books own story, before ending on another comic strip.

The story begins with Mossy saying goodbye to his father as he leaves for a business trip, leaving Mossy with more babysitting duties but also instructions to keep his father up to date on what is going on in the comic. He soon finds himself in a very sticky situation when his little sister disappears.

I enjoyed following this duo, along with Lucy, to track the Snotticus that has taken Mossy's sister. As the story progresses we see how practical Lucy is with her bag full of inventions. We also learn of a talent that Mossy has, he is a Teller, able to think of a story and tell it, anyone within hearing distance finds themselves in a trance.

Freaky and Fearless: How to Tell a Tall Tale was a quick read for me but one that had me turning the pages needing to know how it all ended. The character within the pages were easy to like and 'm looking forward to reading the next installment




Title: Freaky and Fearless #2: The Art of Being a Freak
Author: Robin Etherington
Illustrator: Jan Bielecki
Authors Info: Robin|Jan
Genre: Children', Graphic Novel
Series: Freaky & the Fearless #2
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Piccadilly Press
Publication Date: 8th September 2016
Rating: 3 stars

Tell Me About It
Could Whippet be developing his own comic superpower?

The boys are heading off to the woods for an Explorers' Camp weekend. They'd rather be at home reading comics, but it should take their minds off the super-weird events of two weeks ago. They haven't seen Lucy since their destruction of the Snotticus, and Mossy's superpower hasn't worked since then either, so maybe it's time to move on. Lake Shore must be monster-free now! Anyway, with caveman-like Ted Recks (AKA "T Rex") as camp leader the boys will be more than safe this weekend, right?

Luckily for Simon & Whippet help is closer than they think, and their combined talent for Telling and Drawing stories is about to come in very handy indeed.

With out-of-this-world artwork by Jan Bielecki, FREAKY & FEARLESS is a fun-filled series like no other!
Freaky and Fearless: The Art of Being a Freak takes the boys away to an Explorers Camp for a weekend of fun. But when they arrive the camp isn't at all what they expected, and thier supervisors, T Rex and Captain aren't really helping much.
This book has to be the funniest of of the three so far. The whole idea of two clueless adults looking after a group of children was just a recipe for disaster, and that's exactly what we get.

The whole fixing of the cabins ended with hilarious results for the boys, and a pretty decent cabin for the girls. The scary story and exploding toilet were quite funny, especially for who it happened to.

Mossy and Whippet however are not out of trouble, and they soon find out that more than one of them has an ability, especially when Whippets drawings start coming to life. The trek through the woods and aftermath of that fraught with danger, and the solution at the end was ingenious, but I also felt it was a bit mean.




Title: Freaky and Fearless: Bazookas for Beginners
Author: Robin Etherington
Illustrator: Jan Bielecki
Authors Info: Robin|Jan
Genre: Children', Graphic Novel
Series: Freaky & the Fearless #3
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Piccadilly Press
Publication Date: 9th February 2017
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
If Simon is the 'blank page' and Whippet the 'ink', then Lucy is a sword which is mightier than the pen!

While exploring Castle Fearless, Mossy, Whippet and Lucy track down the source of the comic creatures that have been wreaking havoc on Lake Shore. But what does this have to do with the Freaky and Fearless comic creators, The Library of WOW, Lucy's latest invention and Mossy's dad? All is revealed as the kids explore a new dimension of reality and T-Rex and the captain finally reveal their true identities, and join the good fight.

With out-of-this-world artwork by Jan Bielecki, FREAKY & FEARLESS is a fun-filled series of madness, imagination and adventure, perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Jonny Duddle!
Freaky and Fearless: Bazookas for Beginners sees Mossy and Whippet being invited to the elusive Castle Fearless, where they know Lucy lives, as well as home to the comics creator. The castle itself is creepy enough on it's own, but with the added monsters it just adds that extra creep factor.

Mossy and Whippet are determined to prove themselves to be die hard fans, but thier plan is quickly foiled by a disgusting meal, a room full of every comic published so far, an octopus, and a mysterious ringing bell from under ground.

Freaky and Fearless: Bazookas for Beginners reveals a lot of secrets, not only for Mossy, Whippet, and Lucy, but also for the readers as we learn where all of the monsters are coming from, the cause of it all, as well as what Mossy's Fathers job is (which was something I didn't counter into all of my guesses)

I'm not sure if this is the final book in this series, but it definitely leaves it open for another one, which could end a couple of secondary story lines.

I really enjoyed reading this series in one go, I love the double element of the story with the comic strip and how it links together. The illustrations really helped you picture what was going on throughout the books themselves.

   
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