Saturday, May 21, 2016

Graphic Novel Review of Love: The Lion by Frederick Brremaud

Read For: NetGalley/Requested Review & Graphic Novel Challenge
Synopsis: "The third volume in the lavishly illustrated series of wildlife graphic novels, each following a single central animal through an adventurous day in their natural environment. Each tale depicts genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in illustration.
Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, this volume focuses on a solitary Lion as it wanders the plains of Africa, handling the daily hunt, and vicious rivalry, without a Pride of its own. The circle of Life takes center stage in a world where predator and prey trade places on a regular basis, and Family is something worth fighting -- and dying -- for. This exciting tale, written by Frederic Brremaud, is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci.
A beautiful, powerful tale of survival in the animal kingdom that explores the all-too-identifiable, universal concepts of Life, Courage, Aging, and ultimately Love."

My Review: I was very intrigued with this graphic novel. The synopsis says it is Disney-esque but I would say more of reading a National Geographic special. It is entirely wordless, but with vivid artwork that needs no explanation. It is a story of life on the Savannah, life, death and survival. I enjoyed it and will be searching out the other novels in this series (Tiger & Fox).
My Rating: I really enjoyed both the artwork in this one and the way the storyline progresses. There really was no need for words or narration in it.  Also, I often avoid reading graphic novels in digital format because they just don't read the same for me, but I had no issues with this one in digital format.  I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
If you would like to find out more about Frederick Brremaud and his work please check out his Goodreads Page.
Love: The Lion is expected to be released on July 12th but can be pre-ordered on Amazon.