Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"This Silly World Forces Us to Lead Silly Lives": Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover

First, I need to apologize. In my last post I incorrectly stated that the author of Gingerbread Girl (Amazon) is Colleen Coover. In fact, she is the illustrator and Paul Tobin is the author. On the plus side, both of them have contact information up!

First, a quick description of the book:
Gingerbread Girl is a graphic novel, set to be released on July 12th, 2011. It is the story of a girl named Annah Billips who may or may not have a sister named Ginger. This story is told from the point of view of... well, of everyone. From Annah herself to a pigeon, the reader gets to hear all sorts of points of view on this girl.

Overall, I thought the book was cute. Not exactly my cup of tea, but an excellent way to kill an hour or so. Both the writing and the illustration were fairly no frills, which was appealing.

Anyway, onto the letters!

Paul Tobin:
"I just finished reading Gingerbread Girl (through and I just wanted to let you know that I thought the story was very unique. Though the concept wasn't something I personally find too interesting, I think the way it was executed made it appeal to me. I especially liked the concept of having multiple narrators tell Annah's story.

I see from your website that you are at a writer's retreat. I hope it is going well, and good luck on your writing in the future."

Colleen Coover:
"I just finished reading Gingerbread Girl (through and I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your illustration style. It was not over detailed, and seemed like the perfect way to tell the story of Annah. Based on your website, it looks like you're working on a secret project. Good luck with that and all of your future projects."

They're fairly short, but honestly, while entertaining, the book didn't appeal to me on any sort of emotional level.

In theory tomorrow's book is Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up by Steve Berman. We'll see if that ends up being true. See you tomorrow!


  1. Thanks so much for mentioning NetGalley and this book! Your description sounded intriguing so I checked it out. NetGalley is like the proverbial candy store, I am going to be spending who-knows-how-much time there requesting galleys.

  2. I know right?! I have soo many books lined up! So many that I'm going to post a second review later today.