31 March 2011

Review: The Professor's Daughter by Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert

Professor Bowell, world-renown Egyptologist, is very protective of his daughter, Lillian. Left on her own one day, Lillian dresses her father's mummy in proper Victorian tailcoat and top hat and asks him to escort her for the day. Imhotep IV is hesitant but agrees, and the two explore London.

Little did they know that the day would end in murder, kidnapping, family reunions, and even love. Will the three-thousand-year age difference, jail, and disgruntled fathers get in the way of the couple's happiness?

Joann Sfar's The Professor's Daughter is a delightful romp through Victorian London that is beautifully brought to life through Emmanuel Guibert's drawings. Sfar's sense of humor is evident throughout, from Imhotep III's ploy to talk to Queen Victoria about the fate of his son to the judge's preferred verdict ("The noose for Miss Bowell and the museum display case for her associate.")

Here are two pages to give you a sense of the fun and the artwork (click to enlarge).

This is the third Sfar graphic novel I've read, and I will be on the look-out for more.

Published by Roaring Brook Press / First Second, 1997
ISBN-13: 9780156031080
YTD: 33
Source: Bought (see review policy)
Rating: B+
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Julie P. 3/31/11, 6:58 AM  

I need to have a goal to read more graphic novels. It seems like I only end up reading early reader and middle grade ones.

Marie 3/31/11, 7:09 AM  

I read this one a while back and thought it was pretty forgettable, definitely minor Sfar and Guibert, but cute for kids I guess.

Sandy Nawrot 3/31/11, 8:22 AM  

I'm off to the library website to see what they have from these authors. This one looks cute.

Zibilee 3/31/11, 8:28 AM  

I love the sepia tone of the illustrations and really want to check this out. Thanks for sharing pictures, Beth.

Martha@Hey, I want to read that 3/31/11, 11:56 AM  

I have to break out of my comfort zone and try a graphic novel. This looks like a fun one. I'm going to add it to my wish list.

Margot 3/31/11, 1:05 PM  

This one looks fun to read. I'll look for this one and the author's other books as well.

Cathy 3/31/11, 1:55 PM  

This is on my wish list, so it was good to see your review!

Dorte H 3/31/11, 2:36 PM  

My, this one looks fun! - talk about tea-totaller :D

bermudaonion 3/31/11, 2:38 PM  

That looks delightful!

Meghan 3/31/11, 4:34 PM  

This definitely looks fun! I keep meaning to read more graphic novels, I'll have to add this to that list!

Robin McCormack 3/31/11, 9:53 PM  

How cute. Even though I don't read graphic novels, this one looks interesting.

Marg 4/1/11, 1:28 AM  

I have been reading Kaoru Mori's graphic novel series that is set in the Victorian era. This might be a good choice for my next graphic novel read when I finish that.

Heather 4/1/11, 1:02 PM  

This looks fantastic! You know I love graphic novels and I love Victorian London. Match made in heaven! I must go find....

Alice Teh 4/2/11, 12:28 PM  

How I wish graphic novels are much more affordable here. This one looks good!

Swapna 4/2/11, 3:46 PM  

You've been reading/profiling some great graphic novels/memoirs lately. I really need to read more of these! I love the artwork in this book.

Michelle 4/8/11, 7:31 AM  

This looks beautifully illustrated!

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