THE ETERNAL SMILE by Gene Luen Yang
Kirkus Star

THE ETERNAL SMILE

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

A rousing and thought-provoking exploration of fantasy versus reality from the much-lauded comics veterans Yang and Kim. Three tales evince very different realities and viewpoints, though all are tied together by this common thread. Duncan, the hero of the first, is desperately seeking the approval of the Princess, though something in his kingdom doesn’t seem quite right. In the next, an anthropomorphized, avaricious amphibian named Gran’pa Greenbax seeks to be the richest frog in the land, only to discover that his domain isn’t quite what he thought it was. In the last, a painfully shy office worker distorts her own perception—and judgment—to create a reality more pleasing. Readers looking for another American Born Chinese (by Yang, 2006) may be pleasantly surprised: While a very different format both visually and thematically, this book offers similarly plotted ingenious twists. Begging for multiple readings, this exceptionally clever examination of fantasy and perception is one to be pored over and ruminated upon. (Graphic fiction. YA)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59643-156-0
Page count: 168pp
Publisher: First Second/Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2009




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