Review: Kellie’s Diary #1 by Thomas Jenner & Angeline Perkins

Kellie's Diary #1

A series of diary entries through the eyes of a little girl as she tries to survive the end of the world.

What if the early 1990’s didn’t happen as we remember it? What kind of world would we live in today?

This story is told from the viewpoint of 9-year-old Kellie, a typical third-grade girl living her life as anyone else would, and she shares her daily activities with her diary. When the world crumbles and the dead walk, Kellie struggles to survive and find her way home, all the while sharing her tale with her diary.

This is an account of our hypothetical past, present and future.

Kellie’s Diary is billed as a graphic novel, however it wasn’t anything like what I picture when I think of a graphic novel. Now, I’m not a regular graphic novel reader, but I thought there would be art. There’s not, other than some blurry photographs at the beginning of each chapter. Other than that, it’s all text, in a child’s handwriting font, complete with misspellings (“wearwolfs” is endearing). It’s just not what I thought it would be, but that’s fine because the story more than makes up for any perceived lack of art on my part.

Kellie’s Diary is very short and takes place over a week. The day after Kellie returns to her old school from staying with her grandpa for awhile, two kids in her class go home sick. The next day, some of the bigger kids and three teachers are out sick, too. Two days later, Kellie finds herself locked in the girls’ bathroom at school to protect herself from the monsters.

The handwriting font is a little difficult to read, but it makes the diary feel more real. A third grader’s handwriting would be hard to read. Many adults don’t have the best handwriting either, especially now that we rely so much on computers. I could feel the horror and confusion in the simple words of this child’s diary. She’s the only survivor in her school and at only 9 years old, she doesn’t even know the way to get home, or how far it is.

Her slow recognition that THINGS HAVE CHANGED is heartbreaking. At one point, Kellie worries about leaving her schoolbooks behind in favor of filling her backpack with food from the school cafeteria. She’ll need those books when school starts again, won’t she? She might get in trouble if she doesn’t have them! Kellie’s still innocent, still naive, but anyone who knows anything about zombies knows this little girl is about to grow up.

Kellie’s Diary #1 is free on Amazon.

4 stars



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