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Jellaby: Monster in the City 03/25/11

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Two years ago I read Jellaby for the Cybils short list. What I hadn't realized was that the first volume was allowed to go out of print just as Jellaby: Monster in the City was published.

In Monster in the City Portia and Jason find a way to get Jellaby to Toronto where he can hook up with his family. The adventure involves a ride on a train, a trip to the fair, a mysterious door and secrets in the sewers below the city.

As with the first book, I adore Kean Soo's illustrations. He uses a limited pallet of purples and oranges mostly. It's bold and eye catching. It also works well with the story.

This volume does wrap up the story lines nicely but it sure would be nice to revisit all the characters one more time. So far there doesn't seem to be any news regarding a third volume.

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Comment #1: Monday, March, 28, 2011 at 12:56:17


I think that's incredible that the first volume was allowed to go out of print. I was so surprised to hear about that a few years ago. I love volume two of Jellaby more than the first volume.

Comment #2: Friday, April 1, 2011 at 19:33:25


One thing I'm learning more than anything in my materials for children class is how quickly children's books go out of print.

Comment #3: Saturday, April, 2, 2011 at 10:52:19


That is very true! I've learned that if I love a children's book and it hasn't won an award, I need to buy a copy of it.

Comment #4: Monday, April 4, 2011 at 23:21:05


Even award winners aren't safe from going out of print. Jellaby did win awards (beyond the Cybils). I am learning this lesson over and over again for that class I'm taking.

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