Monday, March 24, 2014

Andre The Giant

 I'm sure you've all heard of the famous pro wrestler Andre The Giant, he was a pro wrestler back in the 80's with giantism for those of you who don't. But did you know that there's a new graphic novel called Andre The Giant by Box Brown? It's a complete biography of Andre The Giant's life from age 12 to age dead. It even incorporates the time he spent working as a cast member on The Princess Bride.

One of the best scenes in the book is when Andre is twelve and a friend of his father's is driving him to school. The friend obviously thinks Andre is a lot older than he is. Since the friend doesn't realize that Andre is only twelve, he asks Andre if he wants a cigarette. This is the first time I've ever read about a twelve year old being mistaken for an adult. I really understood the comedic direction the book was going after this scene.

I don't think that the Andre The Giant in the book looks like the real Andre The Giant, but it's ok because I think he's supposed to look cartoonish. I really like the cartoony style. It's simple yet pleasing to the eye. When he's holding bottles that are dwarfed in comparison to his hand it shows you what everyday life is like for him. The simple art helps you concentrate on the main focus of the picture, unlike a picture that shows every detail of a setting. 

I think this book is appropriate for all ages, but I think only ages 12 and above would enjoy or
understand what's going on. I enjoyed reading this book immensely. I think it was fun, interesting and educational ;). I would give Andre The Giant 7 pro wrestlers out of 1