The Magic Skateboard by Nick Abadzis
Any complaints I might have had in the last volume about the whole thing being too grounded in reality were completely removed in this one. The story here is that the kids get a magic skateboard with a cryptic message on how to get to Plabbu after the original gateway is accidentally destroyed. Here, really, is the first time that the true complexity of the world that theyâ€™re dealing with is revealed, as they see a talking lion, a giant frog and a dragon, among many other things are too complex for their childish minds, but which might get a chuckle out of some of older folks. Also, I have to say that that skateboard, for whatever reason, is now my favorite character in the series. It doesnâ€™t say anything intelligible, itâ€™s just something about those eyes. Anyway, this is the best book of the series by far, and thatâ€™s saying quite a bit. This isnâ€™t one of those series where you donâ€™t need to read the other books, though, as there is no recap that I can see and everything that the kids do is assuming that you know what happened in the previous books. I hope heâ€™s planning more of these (I see this was done in 2001) and I hope more people start to stand up and take notice, because there arenâ€™t enough quality comics out there for children.
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