Escape from the Lizzarks (Nnewts, #1)
The first book in the Nnewts series follows the story of Herk, a lovable Nnewt who longs for stronger legs, something his mother and father wish they could give him. When his quaint village is attacked by the reptile Lizzarks, he's forced to flee his home and leave behind the only life he's ever known. Now, all alone and on the run, Herk navigates a dangerous world filled with strange creatures and mysterious wonders, where friends are few and an evil lord is in hot pursuit.

Escape from the Lizzarks (Nnewts, #1) Details

TitleEscape from the Lizzarks (Nnewts, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 6th, 2015
PublisherGraphix
ISBN-139780545676465
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Comics, Adventure, Fiction

Escape from the Lizzarks (Nnewts, #1) Review

  • Melissa Chung
    January 1, 1970
    This was an okay read. 3.5 stars. Love the illustrations. I'm just a bit confused about the story.This graphic novel is about a division of a Kingdom. Once a great king had a great kingdom, but his subjects grew greedy and selfish. There was civil unrest and the kingdom broke apart. One side going up river and the other headed south. The northern territory called Nnewtown used Engery bugs to power the homes and still believed in magic. The south used Plasma Chili's to power theirs. The southern This was an okay read. 3.5 stars. Love the illustrations. I'm just a bit confused about the story.This graphic novel is about a division of a Kingdom. Once a great king had a great kingdom, but his subjects grew greedy and selfish. There was civil unrest and the kingdom broke apart. One side going up river and the other headed south. The northern territory called Nnewtown used Engery bugs to power the homes and still believed in magic. The south used Plasma Chili's to power theirs. The southern town no longer believed in magic and were still at war. This time instead of each other they fought Rrats.The northerners were attacked one day by Llizzarks a magical lizard breed that were once thought to be myth. Herk the main character is trying to find his way in life without his parents and family. At one point there is a bit of poetry that talks about the afterlife. It was a little religious in nature. Orion being their god of choice. I'm not sure what kind of moral this story has. The other graphic novels by Doug TenNapel I was able to say that it was similar to a Disney movie like Finding Nemo and Pinocchio. This was a little harder. Maybe I need to see what the sequel is like to find out.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    In the Nnewt village, magician's son Herk is sick of being stuck in the spawning pool with the eggs, as his legs are still too weak to allow him to walk around with the older newts. When his village is sacked by the evil Lizzarks, Herk is the only one to escape alive (or is he?). Fleeing by water and other means, always pursued, he has a string of adventures that lead him to some truths he never suspected--and both danger and kindness. But the story is far from over...I usually love TenNapel's b In the Nnewt village, magician's son Herk is sick of being stuck in the spawning pool with the eggs, as his legs are still too weak to allow him to walk around with the older newts. When his village is sacked by the evil Lizzarks, Herk is the only one to escape alive (or is he?). Fleeing by water and other means, always pursued, he has a string of adventures that lead him to some truths he never suspected--and both danger and kindness. But the story is far from over...I usually love TenNapel's books, and the graphics in this and the creativity of the Nnewt world is right on target with his earlier works. It's beautiful to look at, and the details are intriguing and fantastical. I did have some issues with this one, though. The writing felt a bit rough, and there's a whole sort of going-to-heaven sequence in the middle that seems very out of place in terms of plot, pacing, and the overall feel of an adventure story. I'm not sure why it was there, to be honest, and think it could easily have been left out or shortened to a couple of frames. I think kids will mostly like this, though, especially if they're fans of his other books.
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  • Marlana
    January 1, 1970
    I struggled with the rating of this book.The artwork was marvelous and there did seem to be an interesting story trying to take place, but everything happened at breakneck speed and there didn't seem to be any type of pacing or flow going on throughout this book.I didn't find it confusing, but I can understand how children might.I also am not sure who the target audience is for Nnewts. There was far, far more graphic violence in this graphic novel than in any other children's or YA graphic novel I struggled with the rating of this book.The artwork was marvelous and there did seem to be an interesting story trying to take place, but everything happened at breakneck speed and there didn't seem to be any type of pacing or flow going on throughout this book.I didn't find it confusing, but I can understand how children might.I also am not sure who the target audience is for Nnewts. There was far, far more graphic violence in this graphic novel than in any other children's or YA graphic novel that I can call to mind. I would not feel comfortable recommending this to anyone under fourteen or fifteen at least and even I as an adult found some of the scenes a tad disturbing.Nnewts also ends in a cliffhanger which I personally detest.I could not see myself continuing to read if this becomes a series.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet little Nnewt village is attacked by violent evil Lizzarks, but our unlikely hero, Herk, gets away to fight another day even though he lacks his newt legs and must crawl like a tadpole. Herk discovers an unknown Nnewt village (and here it takes on a Boneville turn) and is embraced by a new community. TenNapel’s Cardboard and Ghostopolis are more engaging stories. Here there’s nothing unique except an odd journey to the heavens when Herk’s parents die and Orion (Nnewt god) intervenes when A sweet little Nnewt village is attacked by violent evil Lizzarks, but our unlikely hero, Herk, gets away to fight another day even though he lacks his newt legs and must crawl like a tadpole. Herk discovers an unknown Nnewt village (and here it takes on a Boneville turn) and is embraced by a new community. TenNapel’s Cardboard and Ghostopolis are more engaging stories. Here there’s nothing unique except an odd journey to the heavens when Herk’s parents die and Orion (Nnewt god) intervenes when Herk has his closest call with death. PG cartoon violence will attract certain readers, but this amphibian vs. reptile tale is ultimately stale.
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  • Abby Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, Doug TenNapel, you are so weird but in the best way. This graphic novel, like TenNapel's other works, reads very cinematically; I could imagine I was watching a TV show as the action unfolded in front of me. This is an imaginative start to a new series.
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  • Scott Asher
    January 1, 1970
    The Nnewt city is beset by evil Lizzarks in an unprovoked attack that devastates the people and leaves young Herk alone and on the run. The problem is that Herk is handicapped by under developed legs. As he struggles to survive he also searches for a way to restore his legs and find his destiny.At times the story seems disconnected and problems are solved too conveniently and quickly. For instance, Herk has a disability but instead of overcoming it he [SPOILERS] fights the god of the Lizzarks wh The Nnewt city is beset by evil Lizzarks in an unprovoked attack that devastates the people and leaves young Herk alone and on the run. The problem is that Herk is handicapped by under developed legs. As he struggles to survive he also searches for a way to restore his legs and find his destiny.At times the story seems disconnected and problems are solved too conveniently and quickly. For instance, Herk has a disability but instead of overcoming it he [SPOILERS] fights the god of the Lizzarks who stole them from him as a child. It's over with a single blow off a rock to the head. How did he get there? At a temple in the ruins of the Nnewt city, where he finds himself after his family is murdered, and guided by an old king who appears and disappears just as quickly. Then he's at a huge city of Nnewts ams is saved by an arrow from a constellation. [END SPOILERS] I know there is a lot left untold at this point as this is only book one but I felt things really moved quickly with very little back story. Hopefully future books clear some of this up.This is a book written with 8-12 year old kids in mind and I think that's the right age group for reading skill and interest. It may be rough on some to see the content depictions of Herk's parent and siblings killed. As my 8 year old said, [SPOILERS] "The book is interesting but a lot of people die." (See pictures to the left for the death of the mother.) [END SPOILERS]The art is great - something you'd expect since the author created Earthworm Jim - and the story, while abrupt is fun and complex. I recommend it to older - 3rd grade and up - readers.This book was provided by the publisher for review via Amazon Vine.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC for my local library and read this to present a review.Nnwets: Escape from the Lizzarks follows the first in a series of adventures featuring Herk, a nnewt with little legs but a lot of courage. When his town is attacked by lizzarks, he flees, beginning a journey he never knew he was destined for.The premise, world, and characters of Nnwets all seem to spring into existence from nothing. While these are all good building blocks for a story full of encouragement and inspiration I received an ARC for my local library and read this to present a review.Nnwets: Escape from the Lizzarks follows the first in a series of adventures featuring Herk, a nnewt with little legs but a lot of courage. When his town is attacked by lizzarks, he flees, beginning a journey he never knew he was destined for.The premise, world, and characters of Nnwets all seem to spring into existence from nothing. While these are all good building blocks for a story full of encouragement and inspiration for young minds looking for adventure in their lives, the story moves too quickly to allow readers to fully grasp the emotions needed to carry them through the book with the determination of Herk finding his true purpose. With nods to Greek mythology, the book is more engaging for those who dissect the subtext of these references and adds another layer to the tragedies and triumphs of the characters.Overall, while I am a fan of TenNapel's other works, this one misses the mark with a rushed feeling of incomplete thoughts. I would be interested to see how this story develops and would hope that with the addition of more background to the story and the mythology we can see a bigger picture form.
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  • Nicola Mansfield
    January 1, 1970
    Doug TenNapel is one of my favourite graphic novelists. I don't think I could not like anything he did :-) This is a cute fantasy for kids, not his very best work however still good for middle schoolers and elementary. Though the death of the main character's family may be too much for sensitive younger children. Very cute main characters, the nnewts, and scary-looking bad guys but also kind of creepy-cute. Basically an underdog story, where the protagonist has withered legs and cannot walk. It' Doug TenNapel is one of my favourite graphic novelists. I don't think I could not like anything he did :-) This is a cute fantasy for kids, not his very best work however still good for middle schoolers and elementary. Though the death of the main character's family may be too much for sensitive younger children. Very cute main characters, the nnewts, and scary-looking bad guys but also kind of creepy-cute. Basically an underdog story, where the protagonist has withered legs and cannot walk. It's amphibians vs lizards and a classic good vs evil story. At this point, volume one is an entertaining story without any earth-shattering moments, but the book ends with several plotlines dangling and the promise of something more to come. Knowing TenNapel's other work, I'm interested to see where he goes with the story.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun, quick, entertaining book. I love the graphics and the story. Herk is the perfect hero. I was cheering for him the whole time. The author did a good job of not getting too wordy with the story. What I mean by this is that he did not use a lot of big words or too much description, which for the age range he was going for the attention span of these younger readers is still short so less is more in this case. Plus the author knows how to write for this age group as the Lizzarks are s This is a fun, quick, entertaining book. I love the graphics and the story. Herk is the perfect hero. I was cheering for him the whole time. The author did a good job of not getting too wordy with the story. What I mean by this is that he did not use a lot of big words or too much description, which for the age range he was going for the attention span of these younger readers is still short so less is more in this case. Plus the author knows how to write for this age group as the Lizzarks are scary and mean but not too scary to give children nightmares. Again Herk is cool. I can't want to continue this journey with him and see what happens next.
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  • Earl
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this since I'm in search of a new fantasy graphic novel series but Nnewts just didn't do anything for me. Everything seemed done before and was predictable. I did like the illustrations.
  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Many of my students enjoyed this graphic novel this year. Fans of Cardboard will like this one.
  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    There's a lot of great stuff going on here, but it's almost too much. the pace is almost frantic and it's tough to keep up with everything that's going on. But it's good enough to keep reading!
  • Dorcas
    January 1, 1970
    Fun middle grade read. Every time I thought it might be a little young the story veered into some thoughtful passages, deeper emotions, and/or dismemberment.
  • Alicea
    January 1, 1970
    Nnewts: Escape from the Lizzarks by Doug TenNapel is another summer reading selection for middle grade readers. This is the first in a series of graphic novels which follow the adventures of Herc, a Nnewt, who is on both a literal and figurative journey of self-discovery. From the beginning, the reader is launched into this fictional world of creatures called Nnewts and their enemies the Lizzarks. There was a sense that one should already be familiar with characters and backstory. The narrative Nnewts: Escape from the Lizzarks by Doug TenNapel is another summer reading selection for middle grade readers. This is the first in a series of graphic novels which follow the adventures of Herc, a Nnewt, who is on both a literal and figurative journey of self-discovery. From the beginning, the reader is launched into this fictional world of creatures called Nnewts and their enemies the Lizzarks. There was a sense that one should already be familiar with characters and backstory. The narrative seemed to be all over the place which compounded the issue. I feel like the author was trying to put a spin on the classic 'underdog who surprises everyone to come out on top' but it was all a bit rushed in my opinion. Also, if this is a series I see no reason why the pacing had to be so hurried. I went into this one with fairly high hopes as the first couple of pages seemed quite interesting but this is one of those books that just didn't work for me. However, I'm betting it will appeal to a younger audience. (It is after all not marketed for me so this makes perfect sense.) It will probably come as no surprise to any of you that I have no plans to continue this series but I have recommended it to some of my younger readers who like a lot of blood, guts, and gore. No complaints thus far. :-) The best thing I can say about this particular book is that the color illustrations were very imaginative but the rest of it left quite a bit to desire. 2/10SPOILER ALERT: Straight out of the gate most of the characters are killed off and I feel like this was a lazy way to move the hero's journey ahead. Also, because it happened so early on there was really no emotional attachment or buildup so it served very little purpose (at least from a reader's perspective).
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    Well I had a patron asking for this series and I noticed it was checked out and I wanted to give it a try. In fact, I was hoping that this might be a potential battle book. Alas, it is a bit too violent to work for all the kids but I can see how some kids really love it. The story is of Heck who is a little nnewt and has underdeveloped legs that make it hard for him to walk. He primarily survives in the water. One day the Lizzarks come to his village to destroy it and he escapes through the wate Well I had a patron asking for this series and I noticed it was checked out and I wanted to give it a try. In fact, I was hoping that this might be a potential battle book. Alas, it is a bit too violent to work for all the kids but I can see how some kids really love it. The story is of Heck who is a little nnewt and has underdeveloped legs that make it hard for him to walk. He primarily survives in the water. One day the Lizzarks come to his village to destroy it and he escapes through the water. His family is killed and he has to find a way to move on. He runs into a ancient king who helps him find real full size legs. There is a lot of foreshadowing of story elements to come but not much is explained yet. He does end of surviving and finding another village of nnewts to take refuge in but he is still being hunted so more will come in the volumes ahead. Overall, I thought it was just okay.
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  • Brody Kinnison
    January 1, 1970
    NNewts Book Review Readers that like fantasy and science fiction will love the NNewts Book.The main character, Herk is ran out of his village by Lizzarks which forces him to decide whether he is going to give up or conquer the Lizzarks. Herk struggles with not being able to walk but once he gains courage from a few friends he is unstoppable. He sets out to destroy anything in his path that will keep him from his family, including the Snake King. I liked the book it was a very easy read. It was t NNewts Book Review Readers that like fantasy and science fiction will love the NNewts Book.The main character, Herk is ran out of his village by Lizzarks which forces him to decide whether he is going to give up or conquer the Lizzarks. Herk struggles with not being able to walk but once he gains courage from a few friends he is unstoppable. He sets out to destroy anything in his path that will keep him from his family, including the Snake King. I liked the book it was a very easy read. It was told from a third person point of view but flowed well. I had no problem getting pulled into it. The book has a lot of surprise twist and turns that made it one of the more enjoyable books I’ve read. All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking to get back into their old ways and laugh like a little school girl for a little while. I would give this book a four out of five, I’m anxious to see how the second book progresses the plot.
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  • Kay
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Read this in one sitting. Really beautiful colors. I was quite surprised by the violence and death in this... Though the cover is a little scary, now that I look at it, I mistakenly thought that this was geared towards a younger audience. This should probably go to an older reader since there are mature themes of war, death, and familial loss.This would be a great book for a reluctant reader as well, since there isn't a lot of dialogue, and the action moves pretty fast.So far, lots of feels, 3.5 Read this in one sitting. Really beautiful colors. I was quite surprised by the violence and death in this... Though the cover is a little scary, now that I look at it, I mistakenly thought that this was geared towards a younger audience. This should probably go to an older reader since there are mature themes of war, death, and familial loss.This would be a great book for a reluctant reader as well, since there isn't a lot of dialogue, and the action moves pretty fast.So far, lots of feels, and some magic. Book 1 is just the setup, so I'm interested to see where book 2 takes this story. Also, Herk is pretty friggin cute.
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  • Jenny Staller
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the artwork in this but felt that the story wasn't very strong--I think this is in large part because it's the first title in a series, so there was a lot of world building and setup that needed to be done. Also, not that this is necessarily a strike against it, but it was way darker and more violent than I expected! I do think this would be a great recommendation for fans of the Bone or Amulet series, and I'll probably still read the next book because they're such easy reads.
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  • Chris Hamilton
    January 1, 1970
    Good, but not his bestThis is the first book in a three part series featuring the amphibians known as nnewts. My daughter and I had a good time reading this one out loud together. As usual with Doug TenNapel's work, it is drawn well, vibrant colors and very unique characters. The story in this one, just didn't appeal to me as much as the other books of his I've read.
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  • Charlie
    January 1, 1970
    Another interesting graphic novel from Doug TenNapel. Overall, I was impressed by this book - I liked the adventure aspect, as well as the twists and turns. There were a few odd moments though that left me feeling not entirely satisfied. Still, an interesting adventure, and I'm certainly intrigued enough to read book 2.
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  • Melissa Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Fun graphic novel with a good story. I enjoyed the colorful drawings and the characters. The dialogue was pretty good most of the time but once in awhile it didn't flow so well. This is a book for younguns but I quite enjoyed it as an adult. Be aware that there are some grisly deaths at the beginning though that some children might not cope with. Look forward to grabbing book 2.
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  • Ryan Miller
    January 1, 1970
    My kids (7 and 10) loved it. I found it kind of confusing. Of course, there is a chosen one in this type of quest-based, finding-oneself graphic novel, but the first volume doesn't really explain why any events are happening. Even in a serial, it would be nice to have just a few answers parceled to us.
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  • William Stanger
    January 1, 1970
    I red this one to complete one of my reading challenges for this year. It's a fun graphic novel by Doug TenNapel, with some good artwork and a fairly decent story, although there are more books in this series. It probably isn't as good as some of his other stuff I've read, such as Ghostopolis or Cardboard, but it was enjoyable just the same.
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  • Katie Adams
    January 1, 1970
    Just the perfect amount of tragedy, comedy, mystery, adventure, and clever storytelling. I was not so keen on TenNapel’s Ghostopolis, but I adored Nnewts, and am anxiously awaiting the second book in the series! (I’m on the waiting list...sigh...)
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  • Colona Public Library
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the artwork in this especially the colors. The story I feel there is something there but I was absolutely bored. The story pace seemed forced and the story we get is mostly told through exposition. ~Ashley
  • Justin
    January 1, 1970
    My son brought this home from the library and Oh man is it fun! It's all fantasy magic, the devastation of a community, strengthening of the protagonist, and all around adventure. I can't wait for book #2.
  • Goshen PL Childrens
    January 1, 1970
    The kids will enjoy this graphic novel about newts but it wasn't my favorite.
  • Sharif
    January 1, 1970
    This book is fun because it hashes a lot of traveling and weird creatures
  • Chelsey
    January 1, 1970
    Newts are not mammals! They cannot have mammary glands!
  • The Brothers
    January 1, 1970
    Asher (12yo) read.Dexter (9yo) read.
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