We-view – Doe-eyed Adventurers

When you get served lemons you make lemonade.” –Unknown

Cooper, Joss, Becka, and Benny are four very adventurous children and in New Brighton Archeological Society-The Castle of Galomar these four children enter into a world filled with magic, fairies, goblins, and assorted odd creatures illustrating the classic themes of good vs. evil, and friendship with a good dose of problem solving.


In 2007, Mark Andrew Smith, the author of this graphic novel, said, “…I wanted to do an adventurer type of story with some kids for an all ages’ audience where it’s a lot of fun but also has a great mood and tone to it.”

Like many stories with adventurous children, Tale of Unfortunate Events comes to mind, Brighton Society begins with a tragedy. The children’s parents, four explorers, supposedly plummet to their untimely deaths while exploring a icy tundra. The kids are sent to their godparents where their parents lives while they were growing up.

Being the children of explorers, they immediately begin to explore their new environment and find, after taking a tumble into a shaft covered with snow, a hidden library cum clubhouse belonging to their parents. This discovery sparks something within the kids, who find themselves, delving into books, papers, photographs, and trinkets left by their parents.

Soon we find the young explorers venturing into the forest, around the estate and encounter Mitch, a goblin who befriended their parents years ago and now invites the doe-eyed children into the goblin kingdom and with the help of his parents, tells them the goblin history.

Ice cream serving ghosts, fairies doused with syrup preventing them from flying, and a butterscotch addicted goblin all combined for a fun reading experience for anyone 6 to 60.

I give it 4.5 PRADAs.


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