The Ghost, The Owl by Franco and Sara Richard (illustrator)
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Avg. Goodreads rating: 3.79
One of my resolutions for 2019 is to write at least 250 words in response to each book I read this year. The very first book I finished was The Ghost, The Owl an incredibly imaginative graphic novel by Franco and illustrated by Sara Richard.
Owl and the other animals in the swamp are going about their day when a ghost appears seemingly out of nowhere. No one has seen her before and she herself can’t recall where she came from. Owl decides to take it upon himself to figure out her origins and help her find her way despite the warnings of the other animals. A mystery begins to unfold involving a young woman in a house by the swamp, a vicious man, and a family forgotten years ago.
Despite how short this book is (around 50 pages) there’s a surprising amount of complexity to Owl’s character. We learn he is a fearless defender of the defenseless and he has a history of selfless acts among the animals in the swamp. When the Parliament, a group of owls who rule over the swamp demand that the ghost is to be ignored, Owl risks life and limb to get to the bottom of the mystery anyway.
The story seamlessly flows together in a wispy (ghostly), art style that is both a pleasure to read and to look at. As far as graphic novels go, this is a hidden gem and I couldn’t be more pleased to add it to my own personal collection.