Saturday, May 18, 2019

Cartoon Saturday- Glitch

Graley, Sarah. Glitch
May 14th 2019 by Graphix
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Izzy and her best friend Eric have been waiting a long time to play the new version of Dungeon City, and have a sleepover and epic pizza party planned, but when the disk arrives earlier in the week, Izzy can't stop herself from playing. When she gest sucked into the game, her life becomes complicated. In the game, she is helping the robot Rae save the fictional world from Big Boss, but in real life she is sleeping at school, ignoring Eric, and running afoul of her parents. Staying in the game has more and more appeal, since the stress there seems more exciting and less real. When her parents go away for the weekend, Izzy knows she should reconnect with Eric and have their party, but she is at a critical juncture in Dungeon City. When Eric comes to Izzy's house while Izzy is out looking for her, Eric gets dragged into the game. While Izzy has realized Rae is evil and escaped, Eric is in danger of getting drawn further into the game. Can Izzy save the world AND her friend?
Strengths: This is a perfect mix of pictures and text, and the story moves along nicely. There are not as many video game based books as there should be, and a graphic novel one is even more brilliant. The illustrations are appealing, the length is right, and in full color, this will never get back to the shelf.
Weaknesses: This shows that I am old. My deep, primitive brain expects the gender binary and tries to assign it. Rae's a robot, so using "they" for that character, okay. But Eric has very feminine features (including the "girl" eyelashes), so I just got confused. I am trying very hard NOT to assign gender, but it's difficult to break habits of a lifetime. Also, were Izzy's parents NOT controlling her screen time. Hmmm.
What I really think: Definitely purchasing, probably two copies, but I am not the target audience.

Ms. Yingling

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