“Young dreamer Philemon lives in the countryside, until one day he falls down a well and finds himself in a parallel world of islands that form the letters of the word Atlantic Ocean. Together with the strange characters he meets there, Philemon must find his way home.” –Publisher.
This book from Toon Graphics is an unusual graphic novel. It is the English translation of a French comic with references to many things such as mythology, Dr. Seuss, cultural icons, literature, just to name a few. In the back of the book there are pages of more detailed explanations of these references as well as tips for teachers, parents, and librarians. This book lends itself to multiple readings to find all that it has to offer. This is a fun, imaginative tale that needs to be experienced.
Review by Renee Larsen, Hillside Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-6
Cast Away on the Letter A (A Philemon Adventure)
TOON Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press
Release Date: September 23, 2013