This week’s staff pick is the emotionally-moving graphic novel debut My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris. Presented as a graphic diary the story blends historical fiction, coming-of-age and a murder mystery. The beautiful illustrations alone are worth checking out!
“Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.” —Amazon