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Review of The Last Island,
By Alex Cahill
from The New Radio

Stick with me dear readers, this is going somewhere. Trust me.

Okay, so I have in front of me this comic / Graphic Novel, The Last Island by Alex Cahill (published by The New Radio ). The Last Island is a story that explores how our pollution and litter is causing us to lose touch with nature and……umm,

The Last Island is a story that explores how Western Civilization is encroaching more and more on the bit of unmolested natural landscape that we have left…..umm,

The Last Island is a story about how we loose our youthful outlook on life when we rely too much on the convenience of technology, and…….ummm,

The Last Island is a story. And a good one. It is a beautifully drawn Black and White book with an interesting cover and a grand total of thirty four words. It is a “silent book” (that is Alex Cahill's term that I am going to use like I made it up from now on – no, really) = no words, sort of. The aforementioned thirty four words don't come up until the last two pages, but don't skip to the end to find out what they are. They kind of explain what has been going on in the rest of the book; again, sort of.

Here's what is going on: There is a boy, and he is on an island all by himself. All he has is a pair of shorts, four trees and sand, and he appears to be as happy as a clam at high tide. Then, a steering wheel lands on his tiny island, the boy almost loses the island, another boy shows up – with technology, more stuff lands on the island, the boys fight a lot, bad stuff happens, etc.

This is a book that is open to many interpretations, which is why I highly recommend that it finds its way into some high school classrooms. This is a book that will put those students that always struggle with the reading assignments on a level playing field with every other student. Visual learners would feel very comfortable with this book. I think the book discussion would be very lively and eye opening. For the same reasons I think it would be a useful thing for a parent to pass on to a struggling reader that is also a strong visual learner.

Six dollars for an unusual book that makes you think. Pretty good deal if you ask me. Any other clever things I could say would give away important information – so read it yourself – that's it for me.

Read the preview HERE

Price - $6.00
Available from newradiocomics.com/artwork/index.html



 

 

 

 

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