Saturday, January 2, 2010

Constance and the Great Escape (Graphic Novel)

by Pierre Le Gall


Constance is troublesome little girl who has a huge cat whose name is Tiny. When her parents decide to send her to boarding school, she recognizes it as an evil plan to separate her from her darling cat. She hatches a plan to get back to Tiny and away from the boarding school.


This book reminded me of Babymouse - just a teensy bit. The reason is that most of the scenery around Constance is black, white, gray and brown. But Constance herself is always seen in a bright red dress - easily picked out in each picture. Babymouse does something similar - only with the color pink. Constance and her cat Tiny are a terror not to be reckoned with and you can easily tell that from the comical illustrations in this graphic novel.

It was a simple, easy and short read that really made me want to read the first one - Constance and Tiny. I can see some of my students picking up this book - the same ones that read Babymouse. Instead of a comic book format, the book has a picture book layout with one large picture per page with words/sentences beneath each picture.

Definitely a suggested read for those who enjoyed the Babymouse graphic novels.

Age level: K - 4th grade (depending on the child's reading level). I can see my 4th graders picking this one up.

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I will be refraining from using a rating system on Graphic Novels and most Children's books (mainly picture books) - which means I will only be rating Young Adult or Adult novels.


  1. What grade level, or age level do you think this would be good for?


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