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Review of the Day: The Professor’s Daughter (Part Two)


I’d not seen Guibert’s art before, but after reading this book I feel I should seek him out. For example, I enjoyed how the colors in this book shift at the most interesting moments. At first, everything is all brown sepia. As if we’re watching a photograph from the time period brought startlingly to life. It’s only when Imhotep has his first dream that colors begin to seep in. A series of blue panels comes first. Later, when mummy and maid escape to the sea, the palette is all midnight greens. Then, as the book goes on, colors mix and meld more and more. A sepia scene on the ocean features a bright blue pea coat. A hospitalized mummy in blue pajamas gets red roses from a friend. By the very last panels, all the colors come into play. It’s as if watching the history of Lillian and Imhotep has gone from the distant past to the present through the use of color alone. Most clever.

I’ll put it this way: This is one of the finest, weirdest graphic novels of the year. You will not find anything to compare it to. It’s a lovely little tale of a peculiar little romance.

A selection from the book is found here.
About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. I actually have a bunch of First Second graphic novels on my desk, and this
    is one of the ones I¹ve been meaning to read. Will definitely take a look.
    The other one which I really liked and recently reviewed was Journey into Mohawk