Stickman Odyssey by Christopher Ford -- it has stickmen, and it has the Odyssey! What could possibly be more entertaining? Well actually, the Odyssey part is only loosely based on the original. But the drawings are hilarious in this wonderful new graphic novel series for older kids.
Stickman Odyssey, Book 1: An Epic Doodle introduces us to Zozimos who is banished from the Kingdom of Stickitha by his evil stepmother. Uncle Nestor sets him on a course for revenge, but he gets sidetracked along the way with many other epic quests. He makes friends and meets girls and, in general, has a pretty wild journey. Yet, Zozimos doesn’t really get any closer to taking back the throne of Stickitha then when he started!
Stickman Odyssey, Book 2: The Wrath of Zozimos continues the story of his quest for vengeance. Some surprises along the way keep the story fresh and exciting. All of the characters you love from the first book reappear in this sequel. Plus, Zozimos finally makes it back to Stickitha. But just when you think the story couldn’t possibly go on, a cliffhanger at the end suggests that another book will follow.
These books are both fantastically entertaining. The simplicity of the drawings actually adds to the humor. If your kids (or you) like watching Adventure Time, these graphic novels will definitely appeal to you. Stickman Odyssey is perfect for ages seven and up and both are a great way to encourage reluctant readers to pick up a book or two this summer.