Monday, November 07, 2011
For anyone who wants to get in touch with their inner child, to experience the utmost adventure into a world where your imagination can run wild and free – ‘The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley’ will take you there and beyond! Davis’s storyline is unique and the characters are adorable.
With each turn of the page, I found myself visualizing the characters and all the while smiling – occasionally wiping away a tear. This story is more than just a gallop through fantasyland, it conveys how important it is to have, and to keep, a close family relationship – to work through the everyday confusion that we all experience.
Jeremy is an imaginative young lad who has created a comic strip like no other, full of colorful characters with exceptional abilities. Problems soon arise when he finds it difficult to ignore his parents sudden bickering at one another. It is at this time that we are introduced to ‘Doog’ – a cartoon character that is so clearly depicted by the writer, I forgot for a moment that he was a doodle. To Jeremy’s astonishment, Doog leaps from the computer screen and into the world of the living, and an instant friendship is born. However, Doog quickly explains that there are those in the cyber world that are not as friendly as he – doodles that want to escape and rule the world. Together with uncle Wom – a wise old doodle of a man, and several other lively characters, they embark on a journey to protect the living against the evil cyber bullies.
The dialogue is delicious and fresh as the story flows with ease. Betty Dravis has created an original, witty, imaginative, and just all out brilliant work of genius. I see an award winning comic strip and movie in the future for this amazing piece of literature – as well as for the creator, Betty Dravis. I have no doubt that children and adults alike will treasure this book, and will want to pass it on to generations.
Review by, Barbara Watkins