Yakari and the White Fleece
Authors: Derib – Job
Age: 6 years and up
Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm
Number of pages: 48 colour pages
Publication: November 2010
A strange eagle has wounded a brave from Yakari’s tribe and stolen his talisman. To recover it and allow the man to wake from his unnatural slumber, young Yakari will have to climb a mountain to find the eagle’s nest. Forced to go alone when Little Thunder can’t follow anymore, he will have to make new friends–with sure feet and warm coats–and brave the majestic bird’s proud anger.
I think that,in past blogs,I have noted that to keep the comic industry in the UK going there needs to be a supply of titles for all ages. In particular,you need to get kids hooked as young as possible. If Lucky Luke doesn’t do it then I think Yakari will.
The art is superb if a bit cartoony,though this ought to appeal to the youngsters brainwashed by Disney cartoons [not that CGI stuff!]. There is a nice story with a bitter-sweet ending and there are seven other volumes in this series. I’ve only seen about three of them but if I had a youngster and wanted to give him/her that sense of fun and adventure from reading a comic plus a big splash of colour then I’d have gotten him/her Yakari.
And schools buying these ought to note they are educational because comics will get kids to read and you can create class or school projects from these –I know I’m brilliant but I’m sure those in education can see the potential?