Wildflowers | Review
Toon Books, $12.95
Wildflowers, by Liniers, is the Argentine cartoonist’s third Toon book inspired by his girls, after The Big Wet Balloon and Good Night, Planet. This is the oddest of the three, but the bizarre story eventually reveals itself as a comfortable reminder of the power of imagination.
Three girls, inspired by the author’s daughters, seem to be trapped on a mysterious jungle island after a plane crash. As the story continues, the reader suspects something else might be going on, since they encounter such odd creatures as talking flowers and a pocket-sized gorilla.
It’s all revealed as creative play, the girls throwing ridiculous ideas into their afternoon adventures in their yard. The opening scene is an odd choice, one with difficult implications for some readers, but also a realistic one, as children’s imaginations swoop widely regardless of what is considered appropriate.
Artistically, the richly illustrated panels take readers inside the exotic settings. The muted colors provide a more realistic gloss, grounding the concepts. Liniers’ love for his girls, his wildflowers, and what they’re able to envision shines through as the book jumps from idea to idea.
Johanna Draper Carlson has been reviewing comics for over 20 years. She manages ComicsWorthReading.com, the longest-running independent review site online that covers all genres of comic books, graphic novels, and manga. She has an MA in popular culture, studying online fandom, and was previously, among many other things, webmaster for DC Comics. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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