Tuesday 5 March 2019

Book Review - Joe Quinn's Poltergeist

  • Title And Author: Joe Quinn’s Poltergeist by David Almond & Illustrated by Dave McKean
  • Publisher: Walker Books 
  • Physical, eBook or Audiobook: Physical 
  • Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: Gifted by the publisher in exchange for an honest review/reaction
  • Length: 80 Pages

Ok, I asked for this when Johnny at Walker emailed because it’s illustrated by Dave McKean. I don’t know much of his illustration work, but I loved what he did in the movie, MirrorMask (imagine Alice in Wonderland but on drugs and with a script written by Neil Gaiman [which it was, FYI]) so when I saw this, I went “Yes! An it’s kinda like a graphic novel (it’s not) and I want to read outside my comfort zone”. Plus, I knew the name David Almond but never read him so I thought this would be a good introduction. 

Joe Quinn is telling everyone about the poltergeist that is in his house. And no one believe’s him. No one, that is, expect Davie. Davie can’t help but feel that there’s something there and see random objects flying through the air. But there’s something more… memories of his sister and a feeling deep down that maybe, just maybe, ghosts exists… 

So, what’s my gut reaction to this?

This is a weird book. 

There is no other way to explain it. I read this in practically one sitting and I kept thinking to myself “This is so weird”. It’s hard to describe why I kept walking back to this. The story was good as was the illustrations. But for some reason, my brain kept going “Well, this is odd”. 

Maybe I missed something in my reading. Maybe I need to go back and reread. While I did like this, I’m not 100% this was my cup of tea. 

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