Hicotea: A Nightlights Story by Lorena Alvarez
Publisher: Nobrow
Genre: Graphic Novel
Pages: 54

RATINGS
PLOT: 3
PACING: 4
CHARACTERS: 3
STYLE: 4
ART: 5

TOTAL RATING: 3.8 STARS

On a school field trip to the local wetlands, Sandy wanders away from her classmates and discovers an empty turtle shell. Peeking into the shell, she suddenly finds herself within a magical new dimension.

Filled with sculptures, painting and books, the turtle’s shell is a museum of the natural world. But one painting is incomplete, and the shell’s mystery inhabitant needs Sandy’s help to finish it…

A beautiful story that’s fresh and colourful with a heartfelt message at it’s core. The allure of Hicotea for me was when I saw this on the shelf at my local library was the art. It is 100% the best thing about the book.

While the story is engaging, it’s mystical realism and warping of realities is difficult to follow at times and holds together on the things plot thread but I ended up finishing this in no time thanks to the art style pushing me though from cover to cover.

This is the 2nd instalment in the Nightlights series and I would be very interested to see the first as maybe I was missing some context, however, there was enough here to make me enjoy the reading experience.

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