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The Amazing World of Gumball Vol. 1: Fairy Tale Trouble by Ben Bocquelet
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The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
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Curse of the Arctic Star by Carolyn Keene
Demon Book 1 by Jason Shiga
The Dragon That Lived Under Manhattan by E.W. Hildick
The Drowning Spool by Monica Ferris
Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe
Ghostbusters International by Erik Burnham
Graveyard Slot by Michelle Schusterman
Hip Hop Family Tree Book 4: 1984-1985 by Ed Piskor
How to Avoid Extinction by Paul Acampora
Imagine a World by Rob Gonsalves
It's a Tiger by David La Rochelle
Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown
The Lost Compass by Joel N. Ross
The Magic Mirror by Susan Hill Long
The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin by Elinor Teele
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell
Pouncing on Murder by Laurie Cass
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
The Soprano's Last Song by Irene Adler
Stealing the Game by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
The Underdogs by Sara Hammel

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The Amazing World of Gumball Vol. 1: Fairy Tale Trouble: 11/23/16

The Amazing World of Gumball Vol. 1: Fairy Tale Trouble by Ben Bocquelet

The Amazing World of Gumball Vol. 1: Fairy Tale Trouble by Ben Bocquelet is the start of a new series of graphic novels inspired by the animated series of the same name. The Watersons are at the Ren-faire at Elmore High.

Of course the Watersons manage to mess things up. Gumball and Darwin take it on themselves to prove a magic trick is nothing more than slight of hand. What they don't realize (and they really should given the weirdness that is Elmore) is that the magician really does have magic. The slight of hand is just a hobby.

Everyone at the Ren-Faire find themselves now in a fairy tale world brought there by the magician's curse. Being a fair person, though, the Waterson children are given the means for a quest to break the curse.

The book is cute and short and in keeping with the wacky humor of the television series. It's not quite as meta as the television series but if this graphic novel series continues long enough, I suspect it will find its way of being as metafictional as its source material.

Three stars

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