Christine Peymani & Anthony Tan
TOKYOPOP, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto
Dolls are everywhere these days. Not only can they be found in toy stores, but on clothing, video games, books, DVDs, and movies. Their latest incarnation is a new manga series by Christine Peymani and Anthony Tan.
is the first in this series.
ne day at school, the four
(Sasha, Yasmin, Cloe, and Jade) discover that they have different super powers. Curious to learn more, they look online and find the
Center for Extraordinary Abilities
. After being tested by the center's founder, it is confirmed that Sasha can fly, Cloe has super speed, Yasmin is a mind reader, and Jade can predict the future. No sooner do they start classes at the center than they find the first opportunity to be real superheroes. However, they must all work together, as well as with their classmates and their teachers, if they are to defeat these supervillians.
eymani's narrative is a cute story with a positive message that will appeal to middle-grade readers. However, what
fans will admire most is Tan's graphic rendition of the famous dolls. Like their namesakes, Sasha, Yasmin, Cloe, and Jade wear stylish clothes and chunky shoes, topped by disproportionally larger heads with even bigger eyes. The rest of the characters are in proportion, which makes the
stand out even more. Yet, for some reason, not one single character has a nose.
fans will love Christine Peyami's and Anthony Tan's
. This action-packed, fast-paced adventure is an excellent way to encourage reading in younger girls who would rather play than sit down with a book.
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