Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Review: Surprise Island: The Boxcar Children Graphic Novels by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Henry, Jesse, Violet, and Benny Alden have a home with their grandfather—but their adventures are just beginning! They’re about to spend the summer camping on their own private island. The island is full of surprises, including a kind stranger with a secret. Join the Boxcar Children in their graphic novel adventure on Surprise Island!

I read the first book of the Boxcar Children series several years ago after buying a copy from a secondhand book store. As a kid who loved building forts, the story of the siblings who lived in a boxcar was very appealing to me.

In Surprise Island: The Boxcar Children Graphic Novels, the children are spending the summer in their grandfather's island. I thought it was a little bit odd that they stayed inside a barn instead of the house, but since they're quite comfortable living in the outdoors, I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise.

For those who aren't familiar with the series, these kids are like mini adults, that is, they can cook their own food and build their own furniture.

This book is a quick read so don't expect too much from the story's climax. It's not a mindless story or anything, but really, there's only so much that can be squeezed into a short story.

Thanks to NetGalley and Albert Whitman and Company (Open Road) for the e-copy. For more info on Surprise Island: The Boxcar Children Graphic Novels, and to purchase a copy, please click here.

  1. Pretty coloring, reminds me of oil pastels.
  2. It can inspire and encourage kids to be more independent.
  3. Interesting premise.
  1. A different font choice, maybe something that looks handwritten, would probably have made it look nicer.
  2. The illustration style might not appeal to everyone.
Downstairs, the children's real best friend settled back in his big chair to make new plans for them.
  1. You liked building forts as a kid.
  2. You want to inspire your kids to be more independent and adventurous.
  3. You miss your childhood.


Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in Putnam, Connecticut, on April 16, 1890, to Edgar and Jane Warner. Her family included a sister, Frances, and a brother, John. From the age of five, she dreamed of becoming an author. She wrote stories for her Grandfather Carpenter, and each Christmas she gave him one of these stories as a gift. Today, Ms. Warner is best remembered as the author of The Boxcar Children Mysteries.


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