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SNOWBALL TRUCE! by Michel-Yves Schmitt


From the Where's Leopold? series, volume 2

by Michel-Yves Schmitt ; illustrated by Vincent Caut

Age Range: 6 - 11

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4677-1523-2
Publisher: Graphic Universe

Impish Leopold returns for more madcap adventures with his big sister, Celine.

Leopold isn’t your typical annoying little brother: He can turn invisible at will. Often using his powers to torture Celine, he occasionally uses them for good. A snowball fight between the siblings causes them to declare a truce, which is promptly broken, leaving Celine with a snootful of snow and a subsequent cold. Seeing his sister ill and unable to leave her bed to watch her favorite show, Leopold uses his powers to enact the scenes with her favorite toys—though of course, he adds his own spin upon it, seizing the chance to give her a good scare. Later, when a group of boys tease Leopold, saying the power to turn invisible is “a girl’s superpower” and “so lame” (Flammable Man is much cooler), Celine quickly comes to his defense. While the undercurrent of sibling teasing is practically a torrent, it’s gentle and often humorous. Oversized panels with a merry, candy-colored palette carry the short vignettes, most only a few pages long. With its brevity and easy wit, this should be a quick sell to reluctant readers.

A quick and enjoyable yarn. (Graphic fiction. 6-11)