September 28th, 2014 by Nancy
So here we are. You’re waiting for the next Wimpy Kid, you’ve read all of the Big Nates, you haven’t seen Jamie Kelly in YEARS, and there are still nine grueling days until Blood of Olympus comes out… WHAT TO DO? WHAT TO READ?
Well, have I got the answer for you! Introducing… Life of Zarf, a new graphic novel series by Rob Harrell. It’s about Zarf (obviously), an ordinary, friendly troll middle schooler with hairy feet, giant ears, and a slight genetic temper problem. He is a troll, after all.
In the first book, Zarf has Trouble with Weasels — Snuffweasels, specifically. They’re about two feet taller than an average adult. But snuffweasels aren’t the only thing Zarf is worried about, because he has to deal with MIDDLE SCHOOL. Check out the social hierarchy of Cotswin Middle School (as illustrated in the book):
Zarf’s position on this totally unfair social ladder is not helped by the fact that Prince Roquefort just happens to hate his guts… but at least he’s got his best friends: Kevin Littlepig (descended from the Littlepig who survived the Big Bad Wolf’s demolition and feasting attempts) and Chester Flintwater (who aspires to be a court jester, but fails to ever make anyone laugh).
But you know what IS funny? This book! As Zarf deals with middle school, being wrongfully jailed, going on a quest, and more, I was chuckling all the way through. Read this book to find out:
- Will — should — Zarf save Prince Roquefort if the snooty blue blood is stuck in quicksand?
- How will he deal with the angry bubbling troll blood which could make him rage out like the Hulk (but thankfully, does not make him green)?
- Who is the mysterious prisoner locked up in shackles in the dungeon?
- Will Chester, the future jester, ever get a laugh out of his crowd?
- And much, much more!
If you like fairy tale remixes and illustrated novels like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you’ll definitely like Life of Zarf: Trouble with Weasels — hairy feet and all.
Nancy is supremely impressed with the volume of Zarf’s hair on the book cover. Is it natural, or does he use some kind of special troll-hair product?