My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Paperback)

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Monsters internal and external haunt the pages of this dark and moving graphic novel. In turbulent 1960s Chicago, 10-year-old Karen grapples with her mom's cancer diagnosis, a brother haunted by his past and the murder of a neighbor. Karen's story is told through her diary pages, with sketches of imagined horror comic book covers. The drawings tear across the pages with the desperation of a monster trying to get out.   --Rachel

— From Staff Favorites List- Fall 2017


Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late '60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen's investigation takes us back to Anka's life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781606999592
ISBN-10: 1606999591
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
Pages: 416
Language: English