Thanks for the web and great book bloggers, I get to hear about graphic novels that I wouldn't know about otherwise. I recently saw Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert's graphic novel The Professor's Daughter reviewed on the blogosphere and ran out to check it out. To be honest, I struggle to find graphic novels on my own, so I sure appreciate seeing them reviewed elsewhere. From time to time, a nice graphic novel can get me back into my reading groove!
Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert bring the true spirit of Victorian London to life in this witty, engaging, sepia-colored tale of a proper but mischievous young girl and the mummy who opens his eyes for the first time in 3,000 years and instantly falls in love with her. Will the love between Lillian and Imhotep IV survive when their fathers, the London police, and even the Royal Archeological Society are all determined to keep them apart?"
Review: The Professor's Daughter is a quick piece of "what if" set in Victorian London. Who hasn't looked at a mummy in a museum and wondered about Ancient Egypt or what that person was like in their time? Even more interesting is to think about is what would happen if they perked up and rose from the dead? In this graphic novel, Imhotep IV happens to be alive, all taped up, and out on the town with one of the curator's daughter, young Lillian. They have a lovely day and in a very withheld, Victorian way, fall in love.
I really enjoyed this short graphic novel. The story develops really quickly, but has this lovely subtle development. Honestly, I didn't catch the love story element and actually just thought Lillian and Imhotep were great friends and enjoying a day out in London! There was a fun bit of tension in the story when Imhotep realizes they want to get him back in the museum, but it wasn't so supernatural or over the top that you couldn't kind of sit back and just watch the story unfold. The sepia colors and subdued Victorian story were just a fun overlay on this tale. It ended in a way that felt a teeny bit abrupt to me, but on the other hand, I'm not sure what else I wanted to happen. On the whole, it was a fun diversion and nice idea for a graphic novel.
*FTC Disclosure: Review is based off a library copy of the book.