I Kill Giants

Kelly, Joe

Graphic Novel - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
I Kill Giants
Barbara Thorson, a girl battling monsters both real and imagined, kicks butt, takes names, and faces her greatest fear in this bittersweet, coming-of-age story called "Best Indy Book of 2008" by IGN.

Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, c2009
ISBN: 1607060922
Branch Call Number: YA 741.5973 K2973i 2009
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Niimura, J. M. Ken
Alternate Title: IKG


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Jul 12, 2014
  • rebekahgordon1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Oh god, this book. I have to say, for the first couple of issues I wasn't really feeling it. It's sort of strange and even a little off-putting at first. But by the end, I was literally crying, in public, on the subway, and didn't even care who saw me. No spoilers, but the last third of this book is gorgeous and heartbreaking. A must-read.

Jul 21, 2012
  • FredMassin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Guys!I didn't finish this one yet but I can already say this: it's marvelous mind-blowing story! The graphic style will of course remind the manga style, I though myself a lot to Infinite Kung Fu [McLeod, Kagan] But the stunning use of black and white is unique. Just open this book and let yourself be sucked in it.

Mar 19, 2012
  • metalsox rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sweet but really kinda sad.

Jan 25, 2012
  • SaphireBlue rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

great book but i didn't understand why she was a bunny...

Nov 11, 2011
  • PrimaGigi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have fallen in love with Barbara Thorson. A smart-alecky fifth-grader who loves Dungeons and dragons ...moreI'm only onto the second chapter of the book and have fallen in love with Barbara Thorson. A smart-alecky fifth-grader who loves Dungeons and dragons and already has a career killing giants. She doesn't care about boys and is apathetic to the people surrounding her. Where has this graphic novel been all my life? It's engaging smart and funny.

Feb 18, 2010
  • quagga rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Barbara Thorson is not a typical Grade 5 student. She is tougher than Emily Strange and cares nothing about schoolwork, boys, dating, clothes - or anything that distracts her from her task, which is to be prepared to kill giants. She is fearless when faced with school bullies; her enemy is much greater than that. Over time, Barbara learns that she doesn't have to be alone in her struggles and that it is okay to accept help with life's demons. Ken Niimura's black and white inkwash art is a good pair with Joe Kelly's text. The atmosphere is of looming menace. At times, it isn't easy to discern what is happening - which is a reflection of the troubled workings in Barbara's mind. Grade 7 to adult.


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Nov 20, 2011
  • PrimaGigi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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