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Pandora's legacy
2018
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The Panagakos family are descendents of Pandora, their family tasked with protecting Pandora's box and capturing the monsters that have escaped over the years. When Charlie, Janet, and Trevor accidentally break the box, it's up to the three of them to fix it before their family finds out...or worse...<br> <br> What starts out as a typical family vacation to Grandma and Grandpa's house quickly erupts into supernatural mystery and peril when three siblings accidentally break an old, mystical jar hidden deep in the woods. As magical monsters pour out of the fractured relic and run amok, Charlie, Janet, and Trevor must find a way to capture all of the creatures in order to save their family--and potentially the entire world--before it's too late.<br> <br> Writer Kara Leopard ( [Super]Natural Attraction ) and illustrators Kelly and Nichole Matthews ( Jim Henson's Power of the Dark Crystal ) weave an otherworldly tale about finding help in the unlikeliest of places, learning the truth about your family history, and most importantly of all, talking cats.
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Gr 4-6-On a trip to visit their grandparents, Jan, Charlie, and Trevor stumble across an abandoned building and accidentally break the most recent incarnation of Pandora's Box, a jar holding the monsters of legend and myth. Finding that their cat Po has been possessed by the Greek Titan Prometheus and that they are descendants of Pandora, the three children, along with their ally Jimmy Shu, must rescue their kidnapped families from the Gorgon Stheno and her minions before the sun sets. The book is gorgeous, with vibrant colors and an admirable attention to detail on clothing and panel backdrops. Unfortunately, the story is marred by a few flaws. The author haphazardly pulls creatures from Inuit legend, Philippine and Greek mythology, and even Lewis Carroll's bestiary but occasionally misidentifies them-for instance, a flying monster is referred to as a "Jabberwocky" (rather than a "Jabberwock"). Readers will be drawn to this beautiful work, but stilted dialogue and an all-too-tidy ending may leave them feeling let down. -VERDICT An additional purchase for collections in need of graphic novels.-Lara Goldstein, -Orange County Public Libraries, NC © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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