Sunday, January 03, 2010

The Eternal Smile: Three Stories by Gene Luen Yang

In this collection of three short stories in graphic novel format, Luen tells some tales of fantasy and explores the idea of good vs. evil.

Duncan's Kingdom: When the love of Duncan's life, a princess, puts out a challenge Duncan goes forth to look for the King Frog. When he brings back his head, he will win her hand in marriage. He has a fantastic adventure, but is everything as it seems.

Gran'Pa Greenbax and the Eternal Smile: Gran'Pa Greenbux is all about money. He wants enough money to be able to dive to the bottom of his gold and not not hit the bottom! He demands his worker Filbert to find a way for him to make more and he directs him to a smile that appears to be coming from the sky. Gran'Pa creates a church to get donations from his parishioners...but Gran'Pa is surprised by shocking reality.

Urgent Request: Janet is stuck in a boring nine to five job and her request for a promotion is rudely shot down. When she receives an email from a Nigerian prince asking for money, she complies...time after time. We all know its a scam, but does Janet?

What I Thought:
I loved Yang's American Born Chinese so I was excited to pick up this collection. I enjoyed the setup of the three short stories, and how they really all fit together with the classic good vs. evil plot. Each story also brings to light a more serious issue under the disguise of a great fantasy plot. I love stories that make you think!

Wonderful illustrations, in true Yang style!

Highly recommended.

Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang.

Reviewed from a library copy.

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