Book Reviews

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins

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Who knew I would love such an weirdly titled graphic novel.

Synopsis: The job of the skin is to keep things in.

On the buttoned-down island of Here, all is well. By which we mean: orderly, neat, contained and, moreover, beardless.

Or at least it is until one famous day, when Dave, bald but for a single hair, finds himself assailed by a terrifying, unstoppable… monster*!

Where did it come from? How should the islanders deal with it? And what, most importantly, are they going to do with Dave?

The first book from a new leading light of UK comics, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is an off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl. It is about life, death and the meaning of beards.

(*We mean a gigantic beard, basically.)

Thoughts: One word: Amazing. This story has a dystopian theme. Everything is simple Here. Everything is scary There. It was kind of scary to think about a world that could exist like the world in Here. The ending really warmed my heart. The illustrations were amazing. This is a book I think anyone will enjoy.

Rating: 5/5