Operatic, interior page

Reviews

Operatic beautifully touches on the powerful emergence of strong feelings that happens in middle school and the various ways tweens either embrace those emotions or project their discomfort into cruelty. Opera is an unusual but pitch-perfect match for that swell of overwhelming feeling, and Maclear and Eggenschwiler fold it into the story perfectly. A poignant, pithy,
and arrestingly illustrated story.”
Booklist (starred)

“Brimming with raw emotion, music references, and gorgeous art, this memorable and relatable graphic novel will linger with ­readers.”
—School Library Journal (starred)

“Evoking the early life of a troubled but glamorous diva, and populated by a fascinating cast, Operatic reminds us that no one is alone: our passions resonate outward toward those around us. This book will delight not only young people and graphic-novel aficionados but anyone who believes that art – especially opera – is a powerful force in the world.”
Quill and Quire (starred)

“Combining enchanting art, mellifluous music, and just the right words, Kyo Maclear and Byron Eggenschwiler provide a marvelous composition guaranteed to resonate in Operatic.”
Shelf Awareness

Operatic reveals an optimism that I find generally missing from comics. I loved Byron Eggenschwiler’s flowing, layered illustrations and I was hit in the gut by Kyo Maclear’s story about the magic and frustration of art and adolescence. Like all of Kyo’s work, this book is not only an invitation to read, but to create.”
—Matthew Forsythe, two-time Eisner Award-nominated illustrator and Emmy Award-winning designer of Adventure Time

Operatic is a sweet read. Maclear’s charming, understated writing and Eggenschwiler’s inventive cartooning are a perfect match.”
—Hope Larson, Eisner Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling creator of A Wrinkle In Time: The Graphic Novel

Operatic is stunning; reading through it reminded me why I love comics. The atmosphere is tantalizing and rich, and the story is not one I will soon forget.”
—Tillie Walden, two-time Eisner Award nominee and Ignatz Award-winning creator of the graphic novels Spinning, On a Sunbeam, and Are You Listening?

Operatic displays a beautiful, poetic and subtle interplay between text and image. A sensitively written, and knowing portrayal of early teen life, highlighting the formative and identity-forming role that music plays in those years. The illustrations are loose and lovely, pairing quiet, realistic portrayals of the awkwardness of everyday life in high school, with metaphoric, imaginative images of inner worlds.”
— Julie Morstad, award-winning illustrator of Bloom; Julia, Child; and This Is Sadie

“Using spare, well-chosen words and muted primary colors, Maclear and Eggenschwiler cleverly weave together story, visual art, and music… Clever and contemplative, with music history readers might find unexpectedly fun.”
—Kirkus

“Opera and middle school may seem worlds apart. As Operatic demonstrates, however, the melodrama, passion, and universality of both connect these two in deep ways.”
—Book Babe

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