Target Practice – Cleopatra in Space #1 (Kid’s Sci-Fi Graphic Novel)

Title: Target Practice | Series: Cleopatra In Space #1 | Creator: Mike Maihack | Publisher: Graphix | Pub. Date: 2014-4-29 | Pages: 172 | Genre: Kids Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Library

Target Practice (Cleopatra in Space #1)

A funny, action-packed graphic novel featuring a young Cleopatra — yes, THAT Cleopatra — who’s transported to the future and learns it’s up to her to save the galaxy!

When a young Cleopatra (yes, THAT Cleopatra) finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, REALLY far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian. She enrolls in Yasiro Academy, a high-tech school with classes like algebra, biology, and alien languages (which Cleo could do without), and combat training (which is more Cleo’s style). With help from her teacher Khensu, Cleo learns what it takes to be a great leader, all while trying to figure out how she’s going to get her homework done, make friends, and avoid detention!

Book cover for Target Practice - Cleopatra in Space #1

Target Practice Review

I guess you could say Target Practice just didn’t hit the bulls-eye for us. It’s was an okay read for me, and my child liked (not loved!) it. But it never really went beyond that.  I will say that it is clearly laid out and easy to follow the panels in the order they’re meant to be read. The illustrations are similarly clear and the colors are a bit muted, but pleasing to the eye. There’s just nothing in it that makes you sit up and go “Ooh, this is good!”

Miss L said that she liked that Cleopatra was brave and even took down a whole room full of bad guys by herself. She also loved Cleo’s transportation (the Sphynx sled).  However, even though she’s easy to make laugh, there were never really any times that she giggled while reading the book. Even the scenes full of action where I was embarrassing myself by making loud Shuff! Pew pew! Klang! sounds didn’t really get to her. She just contentedly leaned against me and listened to me read.

There’s nothing really wrong with the book. It might simply be that it’s for kids a little bit more mature than she (and I) is. It’s definitely more a serious(ish) graphic novel. I’m sure the additional novels get better, hopefully funnier. After all, practice makes perfect, right? We can’t say that we have our sights set on checking out any more books in the series though.

Overall, even though Target Practice was a bit boring for us, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t check it out for your little readers. I have a feeling we might just not fit into the, er, target group.

(Side note: I can’t even apologize for the puns in this review. A name like Target Practice just inspires one to take aim.)

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