Sunday, January 27, 2013

Book Review - The Planet of Music


The Planet of Music: The Little Prince

By: Guillaume Dorison
Publisher: Graphic Universe
Publication Date: August 2012
ISBN: 978-0761387534
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: January 2013

Euphony’s magical voice echoed throughout the Utian’s Citadel of Music. Her fans were awed by the sound of her beautiful voice and clasped their hands to their chests as she sang. After the concert they rushed toward her to ask for her autograph, but she was too exhausted to comply. She spotted a rose on the floor and knelt down to pick it up. “Hey, you! Wait!” The hooded man who had dropped the rose raced down the hallway with not so much as a glance backward. Many months later the Little Prince and the Fox would arrive at their planet, but the Snake had gotten there before them.

A sonic blast of music erupted soon after their arrival. It was a wave that hurt their ears and came in like a tsunami. The Little Prince quickly donned his uniform, held his sword to his chest, and quickly stopped the blast as his magic dust swirled around him. Mr. Otto and his trumpet had been caught up in the blast, but he left it behind in anger. A beautiful young woman told the Little Prince where to find him. “Everything on this planet,” he told Fox as they walked, “Is linked to music. If the Snake put their instruments out of tune, all the inhabitants will be lost.”

The instruments were not the only things out of tune. Euphony’s beautiful voice was failing her and she seemed so strange. Semitone claimed that it was “her fault that the factory is off-kilter and is producing these wicked instruments of chaos.” Euphony had somehow fallen in love with Prince Ivory, a member of the Pistilaries, the Flower Growers. Surely there had to be trickery and the Snake would once again try to destroy a planet. War would be imminent if the Little Prince would be unable to convince the Utians and their sworn enemies that love was better than war. Would he be able to once again defeat the Snake or was the planet doomed?

This is the exciting tale of the Little Prince who tries to prevent Snake from pitting the Utians against the Flower Growers. The characters in this new series are based on those in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. This fast-paced, exciting graphic novel will appeal to young readers, including reluctant ones. The Little Prince and Fox left Rose back on Asteroid B612 in search of the evil Snake who is trying to create more havoc in the universe. The contrast between the gentle nature of the Little Prince, who is determined to save everyone, is in stark contrast to the evil, hissing snake. The artwork is stunning and the fantasy panels will have definite appeal to the young reader. In the back of the book is a brief biographical sketch of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and a four-page bonus story, The Little Prince, as imagined by Convard & Griffo.

Quill says: The Planet of Music is the third in a new series about the Little Prince, a graphic novel that is sure to excite young fantasy readers!