Subtitle: Tib & Tumtum #1
Published: 2011 in French, 2013 in the U.S.
Genre: early graphic novel
Length: 48 pages
Setting: prehistoric times around a tribe’s village
Interest: I saw it reviewed on a blog I read. We haven’t read any graphic novels in a while, so I picked it up from the library.
Summary: Tib is a young boy in the tribe. He has a large birthmark around his eye, so he gets teased by the other kids in the tribe. One day, he discovers a big, red dinosaur. Unfortunately, the dinosaur hides whenever anyone (except little Kara) is around, so no one believes Tib that he has a dinosaur friend. Tib keeps trying to show Tumtum, the dinosaur, to other members of his tribe, which leads to a variety of amusing situations.
Final thoughts: A cute little book. It’s much shorter and simpler than the graphic novels we typically get. While there is a general through-line of a plot, every two pages is a little story, usually ending with punchline. Even so, the story does a great job of addressing teasing due to physical differences. If you have a younger child, I would definitely recommend the story.
Title comes from: The main characters are Tib (the boy) and Tumtum (the dinosaur), which provides the series its name. It’s the first introduction of Tum to Tib and the rest of his tribe.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is only at the novelette length
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