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Friday, February 6, 2015

The Twilight Zone -- Graphic Novel!

Kneece, Mark; Ellis, Rich; Serling, Rod (2009) Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone:  Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?  New York:  Walker and Company.

  When two state troopers find evidence of a UFO crash landing in a pond and footprints leading to a diner, they go in to investigate.  A snowstorm traps everyone in the diner and soon the busload of people eating in the diner begin to suspect each other of being the alien and suspicion reigns supreme.  The diner owner, a skeptical old man, and a Boston Lawyer who seems wound up a little too tight become the central players.  Of course, like any twilight zone story, there are lost of twists and turns before we get to the end.

Today's students are largely unfamiliar with Rod Serling's truly inventive television show, and this graphic novel gives them a chance to experience it.  The art is somewhat pedestrian, but does a great job of telling the story.  This book would grab the attention of readers who like to read new and interesting things.  Probably we are talking fifth grade and up. 

There is nothing objectionable in the book, unless you are offended by the aliens.  I am hoping there are going to be more in the series.  This book was a lot of fun. 

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