Tetris: The Games People Play

Written and Illustrated by Box Brown

Excellent non-fiction graphic novel telling how the game Tetris was imagined, created, and distributed. The art is simple but effective. Even though all of the main characters are white males, the interpretation makes it clear who is who. Amazing to find that a little computer game generated so much controversy and so much money.

It is a tale of friendship, trade, ingenuity, and business deals. Be warned there is one element to the story that is pretty gruesome – one of those “you can’t make this stuff up” things. It would have been wrong to leave it out and it is tastefully handled. The book is super clean over all, save one cleverly disguised f-word near the end. Most students won’t even notice it is there.

Review by Stephanie Cousins, Granger High School Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 7-12

Tetris: The Games People Play
Written and Illustrated by Box Brown
First Second
253 pages
Release Date: October 11, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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