Snug Harbor Stories
A Wallace the Brave Collection!
by Will Henry
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Pub Date 24 Sep 2019 | Archive Date 20 Sep 2019
Think "Peanuts" if Charlie Brown were less of a mope or "Calvin & Hobbes" if Calvin weren't a bit of a psychopath. "Wallace The Brave" is about a family. There's Dad, a fisherman, Mom, a gardener, their almost feral young son Sterling, who never met a bug he wouldn't eat, and his older brother Wallace, a rambunctious, imaginative kid big on exploring. Mostly we see the world of the strip through Wallace's eyes, a sleepy East Coast beach town called Snug Harbor where the streets are lined with ice cream shops and the beaches are dotted with rocky tide pools ... The world of childhood depicted in the strip is a timeless, outdoorsy one reminiscent of strips like "Calvin & Hobbes" and "Cul De Sac," both of which Henry cites as influences. — NPR's Glen Weldon
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Another clever, inventive story from Will Henry. This is a book I would gladly have shared in my middle school classroom, but would recommend it for readers even younger (not to mention adult readers).
Will Henry’s work is fun, attractive, and well done.
ARC Copy...I would describe as a slice of life type of narrative and thank goodness i didn't have to read the first volume to understand the "flow". I found it hilarious that yes it's about ordinary kids...who are prone to wacky behavior and circumstances yet provide a great guide to growing your own plant!
I love small seaside towns (hence the name SeaCountry1487 on Instagram), and Rhode Island is a wonderful place for them. Following accounts about them on Instagram, as well as comic strip accounts, led me to Will Henry's Wallace the Brave comic strips. Wallace the Brave is still relatively new on the newspaper comics page. I was delighted to see this compilation come up on NetGalley.
Wallace the Brave is about a boy named, of course, Wallace. He is about 9 years old. He lives in Snug Harbor, Rhode Island with his father, mother, and little brother. He has adventures with his friend Spud, who is generally not very brave at all, and his other friend Amelia, who very much is. Unlike many comic strips whose writers try for a "could be anywhere in America" vibe, the region of coastal Rhode Island is front and center. This gives it a charming and unique point of view. Wallace and his friends play video games and organized sports. However, they enjoy an old-fashioned American childhood with little screen time and lots of free time outside.
Snug Harbor Stories takes Wallace and company from one summer to the next. They do not age or change grades. They do hunt for Sasquatch and sea gulls, frustrate their teacher, and run around on the beach. Wallace likes to make bold fashion statements with Cat in the Hat hats and kilts. The vocabulary and subject matter are suitable for tweens. Adult readers will get nostalgic and relate to the alternately bemused and amused authority figures in Wallace's life. At the end, Henry provides illustrated tips on growing avocados from a seed, keeping a field guide, and making a homemade winter sled.
When tutoring children in reading, I've found that comic strips are very helpful. Wallace, Amelia, and Spud would make terrific friends for the tween in your life. There's a good chance they'll charm you, too.
I really like it. Got Sunday funny pages feel. Cute stories about a few children that live around a fishing harbor.
I have never read Snug Harbor and Wallace is hilarious. I really enjoyed this graphic novel collection about him and his family and friends. The collection is set up like the comic strips and so they are short and simple reads, and you can pick it up and put it down easily in between theses sections.
Like I mentioned Wallace is very funny, my favorite story was when he gets his head stick in a Jack-O-lantern and his dad has no idea how to get him out. This is just one example of the funny things that occur throughout the book, but it is also so down to earth and easy to picture these funny things actually happening.
I think adults without kids would enjoy this, I also think parents and their kids will enjoy this as a read.
review will go live closer to Pub. date.
I can't get enough of Wallace and his friends! Once again, I wish I could give this comic 10 stars!
Wallace, Amelia, and Spud are off on another set of minor adventures in the woods and creeks around Snug Harbor. They spend their days hunting the Sasquatch, tracking a prehistoric turtle named Gramps, playing basketball, making blanket forts, eating pancakes in the shape of a top hat, and ducking out of their schoolwork.
I love how imaginative Wallace is! He can take the smallest bit of nothing and turn it into a wild adventure, dragging his friends along with him.
Once again, one of the best things about Wallace's world is his quirky family. I love how weird and funny they all are: the fisherman dad, the artistic mom, and the baby brother who eats bugs. They join in Wallace's imaginative world, letting him express himself by wearing weird hats, sticking his head inside a pumpkin, or playing at the Wild West with salt and pepper shakers. Whether it's building a clubhouse, setting up a tire swing, flying a kite, or just sitting quietly to watch a spider spinning its web, Wallace's parents are ready to celebrate childhood right along with him.
I enjoyed the playful art style, and the thoroughly entertaining jokes in this adorable comic!
Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.
A cute and sweet book I really enjoyed. I liked the stories and the characters.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Thank you, NetGalley for the preview of this graphic novel.
Wallace and his little crew are slowly becoming some of my favourite comic characters of all time next to Calvin and Hobbes. Snug Harbor Stories by Will Henry captures the essence of what it is to be young and wild. Such a delightful graphic novel.
This is top comic entertainment, hands down. So many hilarious episodes that will keep any reader entertained with each and every page. Creatively illustrated and thought out, this book will draw you back to read it time and again. Highly recommended.
I read and enjoyed another book by the author: Wallace the Brave and looked forward to getting into this one.
The first few panels were nothing special and I have to admit that I was a little disappointed but then the story picks up pace. There is not much of a linear progression in terms of the story and for the most part, you can pick up anywhere by picking a random page but a few have a continuing storyline.
The cast is the same, but a little older and there seems to be a stray seagull that behaves like its part of their gang in a lot of panels (watch out for it!). Wallace is our central character, his brother Sterling is a little older and in the age of eating anything he can get his hands on. His father and mother seem less tired than the last time I met them and they are a very lovable set of people. Spud(friend and sidekick) is more obsessed with food and less neurotic than I remember. Amelia is part of their trio as they go on adventures both purposeless and purposeful (like to hunt a sasquatch).
It is a fun set of panels, age is no consequence to enjoy this lot. I highly recommend it to those who like comic strips in general.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is completely based on my own reading experience.
*thank you to Netgalley, Andrews McMeel Publishing and Will Henry for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*
This is my second book by Will Henry and I found it to be just as funny as the first one. There are so many pages in this book that make you laugh out loud. It's such an entertaining read.
Seen through the eyes of a child and his childhood, we get to experience the hilarious moments of being able to see the world from a little boys point of view. We meet his friends and family and we are reminded of all the moments where we wish we were kids again, when life was really just this simple and fun.
I would highly recommend this if you are wanting a book that is light and simple, yet very funny.
I can not wait for the next one in this series. Such a highly pleasing read that is not only for children and teens, but adults aswell.
This is a collection of the Snug Harbor Stories that are syndicated in various newspapers and other outlets. I love this group. They are witty, but still have touching moments and sections you want to hang on the fridge. Kids and adults alike can enjoy this collection.
Wallace is a kid who wants to live life to the fullest, and lets his imagine run rampant. His best friend Spud would like to take the safe and easy route. Their friend Amelia is scary smart, but sometimes hangs around them for entertainment. Together they have adventures both painfully ordinary (but still funny) and wildly imaginative (but still plausible).
Oh my goodness, this had me laughing SO hard at times. Do not read this book in public or anywhere you need to stay quiet. I don’t remember laughing quite this hard when I read Wallace the Brave. Clearly, he’s gotten more clever with time. The best thing is that I can totally see a real group of kids saying or doing or imagining all of these things. Henry has found the magical humor of normal kid life. Highly recommended to anyone from 8 to 108 who is looking for a clean comic and a good laugh. I'm going to have to order multiple copies for our libraries.
<i>I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.</i>
Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I liked so much this graphic novel! Wallace, Amelia and Spud are amazing (like their friendship). I loved Amelia! She's the kind of girl I’ve always dreamed of being (like a bada**).
I loved the humour and the slice of life's scene. The kids' fantasy - like ufo, monsters, all that kind of imagination - give me good feelings and made me smile.
Everyday is a new adventure and nothing (almost) can bore them.
Even the "adults" in this comic are amazing. They are weird and funny. Mom is my favorite.
I like the style, the draw is simple but effective.
This is the first comic I read from Will Henry and I really enjoy it. The characters are so witty and have such personality. It's so witty and laughable.
*Received via NetGalley for review*
Sweet and fun. A kind of mix between Calvin and Hobbes and Dennis the Menace - kids run amok in their sweet little seaside town, getting into various mischievous adventures.
Wallace the Brave is one of my favorite comics, so I would recommend this book to anyone. My one and only issue is the fact that I really like Sterling, and he is not in this collection as much as he was in the first one. That has nothing to do with the quality of the collection, or the story lines that Will Henry has been able to develop.
Author: Will Henry
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: September 24th 2019
I found a copy at a local library so I could take a peek! These little tales are great! They read like little comics for the most part, so anyone could possible enjoy them at any age. Primary appeal will likely be 4th to 7th grade. Wallace, Spud and their buddies are a cute and funny bunch of kids! I enjoyed their comic antics! I especially loved the loves where Wallace got his head stuck inside a Jack'o'lantern; too funny!
'Snug Harbor Stories: A Wallace the Brave Collection!' by Will Henry is the second collection of strips in this series, and I loved it just as much as the first.
Wallace and his friends live a kind of idyllic childhood that I really hope is still a reality for children. They are free to roam and imagine. Wallace has parents that parent, but you can see where Wallace gets his whimsy and wonder. Wallace's friends are odd without excuse. They are friends because they are.
Wallace the Brave is fast becoming a favorite. I love the nostalgic feeling I get of the kind of antics I remember from childhood. I like the non-cynical approach to the children in these strips. I also think many are quite funny.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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