Song of the sea The graphic novel

Samuel Sattin

Book - 2023

Ben, a ten-year-old Irish boy, discovers his mute sister Saoirse, whom he blames for the apparent death of his mother, is a selkie who has to free faerie creatures from the Celtic goddess Macha.

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Fantasy comics
Graphic novel adaptations
Children's stories Comic books, strips, etc
New York : Little, Brown and Company [2023]
Main Author
Samuel Sattin (author)
Other Authors
Tomm Moore, 1977- (creator), Ross Stewart
First edition
Physical Description
272 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
Ages 8-12
Contents unavailable.
Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 3--7--A lovely adaptation of the 2014 fantasy movie of the same name, this graphic novel expertly recaptures the magic of the Irish folktale. Ten-year-old Ben, his six-year-old sister Saoirse (who does not speak), and their father are still grieving the loss of the children's mother, who disappeared the night Saoirse was born. When their grandmother takes them away to the city to raise them, they escape and find out that Saoirse is a selkie who will wither away unless led back to her seal coat and the ocean. This lyrical story about love and family ties is delightful. Illustrated to replicate the hand-drawn movie, the pages of lush blue and green colors transport readers to the Irish seaside, while the dull grays show characters' dissatisfaction with being in the city. The fantastical creatures the children meet as they journey back home are sure to enchant. VERDICT A winning graphic novel for a wide range of readers; an added highlight is a bonus 18-page story written and illustrated by Moore. A must-have addition to library collections.--Nancy McKay

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

Ben and his silent younger sister, Saoirse, find themselves on an extraordinary journey. Stills and some added bits of art reproduce the plot of Moore's lovely, hand-drawn 2014 animated film, adding an introductory backstory about the children's selkie mother. Six-year-old Saoirse doesn't speak, but she can produce a tune from the spiral seashell given to Ben by their mother, calling forth magical lights. As the siblings trek back from the city to their lighthouse home, they must defend themselves against Macha, the Owl Witch, and recover their mother's selkie coat in order to save themselves, their family, and the faeries. Unattributed lines from Yeats' "The Stolen Child" set the mood of magic and danger at the intersection of human and faerie. The rich palette in browns, blues, and greens, plus design elements hinting of swirls of Celtic knots and spirals, contributes to the sense of an enchanted countryside. The light-skinned children are sweetly drawn, with round faces, rosy cheeks, and large eyes. Less might have been more here: The narrative, carried by action and dialogue from the original script, has a sense of busyness that can overwhelm the awe and humor of the plot. Even so, the echoes of ancient tales reenacted by contemporary children in a family struggling with loss and reconciliation offer something for thoughtful adventurers. A short tale about a couple who adopt a seal child is appended as a bonus. A bit of Celtic charm. (glossary) (Graphic fiction. 8-12) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.