Glister and the Fun Summer Read: a Review of Andi Watson’s Glister TPB
Art and story by Andi Watson
Published by Dark Horse
Young Glister has a very unusual life. Her and her father live in the Butterworth family estate of Chilblain Hall. It’s a magical home that loses and adds rooms at random. Imagine how hard it is to find a bathroom at this place.
This habit often brings unusual visitors to Glister home like a teapot haunted by an unaccomplished writer looking to complete their unfinished masterpiece. Then there’s the roaming band of trolls in the basement dungeon. In the guest house lives a giant talking warthog. Plus there’s the family tree in the orchard that grows family members from the past. I told you that Chilblain Hall is very strange.
A Very British Summer Vacation Read
Glister’s home plays a very big role in this collection of all-ages graphic novels by British cartoonist Andi Watson. This Dark Horse publication is set for release on July 5th and would make an excellent summer trip reader for fans of magic and fantasy. Each chapter also contains extras such as activity pages, crafts, and lessons on becoming a cartoonist.
This is the type of book I would beg my parents for before going on vacation. It’s over 300 pages, so it’s guaranteed to keep young readers busy during a long flight or car ride. The stories are easy to read with author’s notes for big words. Plus with a cover price of $14.99, it’s easy on the wallet as well.
Andi Watson’s stories are quite funny and entertaining. The main character of Glister Butterworth is a strong female role surrounded by goofy magical characters. She’s a lot like Alice in that she’s the sensible one in a world of nonsense and farce. The art reminded me of the spooky but also silly style of Edmund Gorey. The action scenes are like segments out of Peter Pan or Monty Python- brave but also kinda surreal. Above all, this work is very, very British and full of surprises with every turn of a page.
Art: 4 out of 5 stars.
Story: 5 out of 5 stars.
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars.
This volume collects all 4 Glister stories previously published by Dark Horse:
Glister and the Haunted Teapot
Glister and the House Hunt
Glister and the Faerie Host
Glister and the Family Tree