Thursday, March 26, 2009

Monsters vs Aliens - Graphic Novel Review and Book Giveaway

"This wasn't the way Susan Murphy thought she'd be spending her honeymoon: being attacked by a killer robot from beyond the stars. ... She's Ginormica -- and she's in trouble!" - Monsters Vs. Aliens: The Official Movie Adaptation by Andy Lanning
I don't know about you, but during the Superbowl halftime a couple months ago we donned on our 3-D glasses and watched the trailer for the upcoming movie, Monsters vs. Aliens. Since then we've been waiting for the release of the DreamWorks animated film. Tomorrow March 27, 2009, the movie opens in theaters everywhere.

As a tie-in to the movie, Titan Books just issued a couple of fantastic Monsters vs. Aliens graphic novels and gave us a sneak peak. For those not familiar with graphic novels, they are comic books taken to a new level. Kids LOVE graphic novels and so do adults. Graphic novels draw the reader into the story with sequential illustrations and corresponding text making them an especially good choice for reluctant readers.

Monsters Vs. Aliens: The Official Movie Adaptation by Andy Lanning, illustrated by Alex Dalton and S.L. Gallant. Titan Books (February 2009); 48 pages; ISBN 9781848562776
This sturdy paperback book features the movie plot in graphic novel form. The story begins as Susan Murphy prepares for her wedding day and accidently gets hit by a meteor that turns her into the five stories tall, 23,632 pound monstrosity, Ginormica. Imprisoned in a secret government facility, she befriends other "monsters" named Dr. Cockroach, B.O.B., Link and Insectosaurus. When an evil alien named Gallaxhar attacks earth, she and her new friends are released to save the world. The graphic novel slant works well for telling this action-packed adventure story full of terms like KA-ZZZAPP and THRAABOOOOM! I enjoyed the humor involved, too, from the President attempting to make first contact with the aliens by jiving on an electric keyboard to the ridiculous kitty decor in the prison cell. With a female super-hero the book should appeal to both girls and boys.

Monsters Vs. Aliens: The M Files by Tom DeFalco and Robin Etherington with art by Fabio Laguna and Alex Dalton. Titan Books (February 2009); 48 pages; ISBN 9781848562813
This prequel to the movie adaptation features two new and original Monsters vs. Aliens tales: "The 'M' Files" and "Brain Pain." "The 'M' Files" delves into the background and origins of the monsters featured in the movie. Readers learn of Link, an ancient Fish Man set free from his ice encasement; B.O.B., the result of a tomato experiment gone bad; Insectosaurus, tiny grub turned enormous from radiation exposure; and Dr. Cockroach, a brilliant scientist who accidently transformed himself into a cockroach-man. In the wordy "Brain Pain," B.O.B. the monster lacks a brain so through experimentation Dr. Cockroach makes him one. The smart B.O.B. renames himself "Bartholomew Organo Benedict" and pontificates using large words and phrases. Unfortunately, due to some miscalculations, the B.O.B. brain experiment doesn't go as expected. Contrary to the product description, Susan Murphy (a.k.a Ginormica) does NOT make an appearance anywhere in this book.

Win this graphic novel book set! Titan Books has kindly offered to give one Brimful Curiosities reader a set of the two Monsters Vs. Aliens graphic novels.

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Unknown said...

The book Wallace & Gromit: The Bootiful Game interests me. I have never read a Wallace and Gromit book but have heard good things about them.

Unknown said...

I am a feed subscriber. Great site and great giveaway by the way.

Anonymous said...

Hardcore Firefly fan here! Got to be the Firefly Official Companion, but both books, one and two! I didn't even know Titan existed--wow, they've got great stuff!

Unknown said...

I looked at the kids section for Wallace & Gromit - Catch of the Day! :)

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Susie Buetow said...

The graphic novel-Wallace & Gromit - Catch of the Day
by Ian Rimmer, Jimmy Hansen
would be fun to read. My kids love them!!!

Susie Buetow said...

I'm following you on twitter! Plz follow me back! I'm susieqtpie and I just tweeted about your book giveaways!!! Good luck and thx for the reviews

3carnations said...

My son would like any of the Transformers books.

He would LOVE to win this book. He is so excited for the movie to come out - We've been seeing previews for months!

Anonymous said...

Watchmen:The Art of the Film...looks interesting


Unknown said...

It says Sandman is there but it's not...
Another one I'm interested in is the James Bond graphic novels I loooove James Bond!

Erin Lowmaster said...

Watchmen: The Film Companion interest me since I know my husband would love to have it.

Karenladd said...

I am a HUGE Wallace and Gromit fan and my kids loved all the videos so I would choose Wallace & Gromit, The Whippet Vanishes!

Karenladd said...

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Annie1 said...

My husband loves the movie Blade Runner, so when I saw this, the Blade Runner - The Inside Story; I knew I would pick it!


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Wehaf said...

I'd love to look through Serenity: The Official Visual Companion!

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CanCan (MomMostTraveled) said...

I would love
Wallace & Gromit - Catch of the Day
by Ian Rimmer, Jimmy Hansen. My son is a fan of the films!

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Amy B. said...

I like the looks of Transformers: Dark Star
THanks for the giveaway!
Amy B.

Amy B. said...

I'm a follower!
THanks for the giveaway!
Amy B.

Carol M said...

The Real Ghostbusters - This Ghost is Toast looks good! Thank you for the giveaway!
Carol M
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Abby said...

The Firefly books look like something my son would really dig!

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3boyzmom said...

My 7 year old son loves Transformers. He says Transformers "EarthForce" is the one he wants:)

3boyzmom said...

I follow you on Twitter and Tweeted!

bison61 said...

I picked Wallace & Gromit - The Bootiful Game

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jennyk said...

I would be interested in the GhostBusters Graphic Novels. My son would probably be into that! I tweeted about this

Staci A said...

Wallace and Gromit: Plots in Space looks great too!

Selinda said...

Transformers - Aspects of Evil for my son! Thanks!

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yyeres said...

The Real Ghostbusters - Who You Gonna Call?
by Anthony Williams , Dan Abnett for me. yyeres(at)gmail(dot)com

Tiffani said...

The Transformers books would hold his attention.

Tamara B. said...

The Schoolgirl Milky Crisis book look perfect for my daughter to read.

MonieG said...

The entire Star Trek series looks geat especially Maelstrom .

natatheangel AT yahoo DOT com said...

My daughter is totally into Sherlock Holmes stories... So I like the book "Starring Sherlock Holmes" - (revised edition)

cdmtx said...

great site !! Supernatural , i didnt even know there was books

Unknown said...

I'm interested in Stargate SG-1 - The Illustrated Companion Seasons 1 and 2 because my friend loves that show and I've never watched it!

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Terri said...

Schoolgirl milky crisis for my daughter.

Bingo said...

Oh, I love them...WALLACE AND GROMIT:Plots in Space would be my pick

caseykelp said...

My DH would enjoy the Tank Girl books. Thank you for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Transformers - Treason


Ginny said...

Schoolgirl Milky Crisis Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade looks good!

mom2boys said...

My son saw all the transformers books and wants them Thanks for the great giveaway!