Monday, February 26, 2018

Sami the Samurai Squirrel: Welcome to Woodbriar

   It's always nice to see a comic aimed at young readers - it's all too rare these days.

   That's what Sami the Samurai Squirrel: Welcome to Woodbriar is all about.

   It focuses on a young squirrel named Sami who lost her homeland, but has found a new home in the village of Woodbriar, where she takes on the role of protector.

   I should warn that Sami doesn't make much of a pretense of being a real samurai or following that lifestyle - at one point she uses her katana like an axe, cutting wood for home construction.

   So don't expect a documentary from writer / artist Scoot McMahon.

   But it is a lot of fun in a lighthearted, action-packed, doesn't-always-make-sense-but-who-cares kind of way.

   Sami and her friends face off against a variety of threats, including a Yeti cyborg, a ghostly foe, an army of robots and a gang of pirates!

   The art is presented in a no frills, animated, kid-friendly style, and the stories are breezy and fun.

   This is a great book for young readers - and, of course, readers who still embrace their internal child.

Grade: B+


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