Thursday, February 6, 2014

New Graphic Novel of Iconic Hello Kitty Now Available...And, Great For All Ages!! -- Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

"VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga, graphic novels and anime in North America, has announced a new publishing deal with Sanrio, Inc., the global lifestyle brand and parent company of pop icon Hello Kitty®, to develop a series of original graphic novels, and a special single-volume comic featuring a limited-edition Hello Kitty design."

Included in this new graphic series are "Here We Go" and "Delicious," both of which I was recently sent to review with the girls.  Here is more about each of these new comics, along with my thoughts:

Hello Kitty: Delicious! 
Volume 2


"Hello Kitty is serving up some extra special treats! What's on the menu? Something sweet, something spicy, and a pie that's out of this world! Plus, Dear Daniel's making dinner, might want to make other plans. And Hello Kitty makes a new friend with a HUGE appetite! Save room for dessert! Stephanie Buscema has prepared some delectable delights! Art by Jacob Chabot, Jorge Monlongo, Ian McGinty, Stephanie Buscema."


 Volume 1



"Hello Kitty has places to be and friends to meet! Join her (or Hello Kitty) as she explores an underground realm, chases an unsavory cake thief around the world, climbs the Himalayas, travels back in time, and discovers that sometimes, the best place to get away from it all is between the pages of a good book."

My Thoughts:

Savannah had her first experience with comic books recently, when I was sent two new Hello Kitty comics -- Hello Kitty: Delicious and Hello Kitty: Here We Go.  For the past few months Savannah has been into everything Hello Kitty, so she was excited to see these new comic books.  :-) I grew up liking Hello Kitty, and am not surprised that this character has lasted the test of time as it has. While I didn't save any of my Hello Kitty memorabilia, I am excited to start a small collection with Savannah.  We have learned from her previous loves of Buzz and Woody and Lightning McQueen to not buy in excess the toys, as she will grow out of this "Love" phase and move onto something else.  It is sad to walk into her bedroom and see a corner of her room with toys she no longer plays with -- but, still doesn't want to part with them.  Maybe she will go back and play with them, like Andy did when he found his old toys in the toy box. :-)  In the meantime, Savannah is growing up fast, and experiencing more firsts like comic book reading.

In "Hello Kitty: Delicious!," children will enjoy seven food-themed stories, along with three 1-page shorts written and illustrated by Stephanie Buscema.  Who knew that food stories could be so much fun.  Because there were not a lot of words -- usually just sound effect words, the girls were able to pick up the graphic novel and flip through the different stories.  Just by looking at the colorful illustrations, they were able to see what the story was about.

I have found that by introducing the girls to comics, they are using their imaginations more, as they like telling me the story based on what they see in the illustrations.  Each and every time, they come up with a different story, which keeps these Hello Kitty graphic novels fresh and entertaining.  There were a few instances in this particular book that Bella was a little scared of the illustrations, as one was of a giant chasing their beloved Hello Kitty.  And, then in another story, there were mummies.  Bella kept pointing to them and saying, "Scary" or "Leave Kitty alone."

In the second graphic novel we were sent, "Hello Kitty: Here We Go," which was the first release in the new graphic novel series from Viz Media, readers will find two 1-page shorts from guest artist, Susie Ghahremani, and 9 short stories, all of which are fun to read and full of colorful illustrations.  Readers both young and old will enjoy this and the other graphic novels in this new series.  We have only had these graphic novels for a couple of weeks and the girls haven't lost interest yet.  They pull the books from the book shelf daily, or use the digital app from Perfect Square that I had downloaded for the iPad for only $4.99 each.  I even had to go out and buy additional copies, so that we had one set for the car and another for Nana and Papa's house.

We will definitely be on the look out for additional releases in the series, to share in the fun with the many adventures of everyone's favorite kitty, Hello Kitty.  If you grew up loving Hello Kitty or have little ones who now follow this iconic character, you will want to check out the above graphic novels from VIZ Kids.  Even if your children don't know how to read, they will enjoy hours of fun flipping through the pages and coming up with their own stories of Hello Kitty's adventures based on the illustrations.  This is what makes these graphic novels so fun -- as both young and old can enjoy!

The next volume (volume 3) in this series will be available for purchase on April 1st.  It is titled, "Surprise!"

Here is more about this upcoming Hello Kitty graphic novel release:


"What’s that? Who’s there? It’s a surprise! 

Expect the unexpected! A day at the beach is more than just fun in the sun. A mysterious egg holds a tiny secret. Mama and Papa have a few secrets of their own. And a quiet afternoon with a good book is more enchanting than Hello Kitty ever could have imagined!

Plus, prepare to be amazed by Anastassia Neislotova’s tales of wonder!"

For more information on VIZ Kids graphic novels and manga, please visit 


I want to give one reader a chance to win the two graphic novels I was sent to review, to enjoy for themselves or share with their children.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone. 

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