Book Review: The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan

**Graphic Novel**

The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan (goodreads)
The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan (goodreads)

I love a story that gives a spin on a historic event. It is 1937 in Kanas and if anyone knows their history they would know it was the dust bowl.  Jack is an 11 year old who feels completely useless. His father has no need for him, he is constantly bullied and his sister is sick.  To make matters worst the townspeople and his family believe that Jack has “dust dementia” which causes him to see things that are not really there, such as a mysterious figure in an abandoned barn.

This was a quick but enjoyable read. What I liked about the story was it was constantly building. But with that being said the “action” scene didn’t deliver. Throughout the entire book, the author is detailing the life of this ordinary boy who simply wants to be needed. When the chance comes for him to prove himself he does great but when a book is described as thrilling, you expect to be thrilled.

 So even with that I believe if the author decided to make this an actual novel .  . . it would be great. This book is a pretty good foundation.

 This graphic novel gets a 7 out of 10. Even though its a graphic novel there still could have been more.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan”

    1. The artwork wasn’t bad. I don’t believe it enhanced the story because there is nothing spectacular about the artwork. Don’t get me wrong its good but nothing you’re going to be dazzled about. Are you interested in any and all graphic novels or specific genres?

      1. I have only read a few. I usually go for adaptations of “great works of lit” but I’m always open to anything. I am completely naive to any trends. I have read a couple of Neil Gaiman’s graphic novels before. I am definitely taken with the idea of a compelling story mixed with interesting illustrations.

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