The Magic Fish

by Trung Le Nguyen

RH Grapic, 2020

Young Adult Contemporary Graphic Novel

Summary: Tien’s parents immigrated from Vietnam before they were born. Sometimes they struggle to communicate because their parents don’t have all the words in English while Tien doesn’t know the words in Vietnamese. But they connect through the books they get from the library and read to each other.

Likes: The ending affected me the most. Looking back it was beautifully built up to with the fairytales and pieces of the past with the events happening in Tien’s life at school. Also keeping the focus to Tien and his mother worked really well, especially with all the elements going on. The art is also beautiful. Monochrome for different pages with different colors of the rainbow worked well because light and shadow, details and values were still taken into account and balanced. And I liked the fairy tale retellings.

Overall I didn’t really know what to expect because I think people don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I’m so glad I decided to pick this up. It’s beautiful and wonderful. Plus quite emotional. I do recommend this one.

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