- Posted by Johanna on April 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel Reviews
- CREDITS: written by Dominique Roques; illustrated by Alexis Dormal
- PUBLISHER: First Second; $15.99 US
Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! is an adorable short story for the youngest of readers (although enjoyable by the whimsical of all ages). It’s beautifully illustrated, in that nebulous border between kids’ book and comic, and it reminds me of some of Toon’s releases (a high compliment).
Anna is reading, beyond the time she’s supposed to go to bed. Her six stuffed animals want to sleep, but she won’t turn out the light, no matter how they try to convince her. Finally, when she’s ready to go to sleep, they decide to turn the tables on her.
There’s a wonderful page capturing the emotions reading can evoke, from frightening to hilarious, that demonstrates through exaggerated expression how magical books can be. Anna’s fluffy friends, which include a bear, a whale, a penguin, and a fuzzball, all have different personalities and body language. Their activities are playful and fun to read, in differently sized borderless panels.
There’s even a message, that one should consider how one’s actions affect those around us, and how not to be hypocritical or selfish. I’m told that there’s another book with Anna to come, and I look forward to seeing it.
Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! can be ordered from your local comic shop with Diamond code APR14 1232. It’s due out on June 17. (The publisher provided an advance digital review copy.)