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Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Reader's Diary #2160 - Trung Le Nguyen: The Magic Fish


Trung Le Nguyen's The Magic Fish is a beautiful graphic novel for younger readers that tells of a mother and son who use fairy tails as a way to bond and communicate. Revolving mostly around the young boy Thien, there's a language barrier of sorts as his mother is a Vietnamese immigrant having difficulty with English plus Thien faces a personal struggle to come out to his parents. While their mutual love of fairy tales doesn't exactly erase all of these issues, their modifications to the classic tales help.

It's a story with a lot of heart and complexity, complete with beautiful art that reminded me somewhat of Little Nemo comics.

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