Kean Soo’s Jellaby is geared towards elementary-aged children, and its soothing, purple-toned artwork set it apart from other graphic novels for this age group. Children will be drawn to the graphics and to the simple storyline about the friendship between Portia, who has no friends in her new town, and Jellaby, a shy purple monster.
I recommend Jellaby to fans of Jeff Smith’s Bone and Sarah Varon’s Robot Dreams. Jellaby the monster is as sweet and cute as Jellaby the book. Keep an eye out for volume 2!