October 6, 2015
About the Book
Discover the horrible fate of Jonathan York as he sets out on his journey through a spooky forest with an alarming party of travelmates!
Jonathan York has led a boring life — a pointless degree from the community college, a lackluster job at the General Store, and never any desire for something more exciting. But when fate leaves him stranded in a sinister land, he finds himself seeking an adventure of his own. Along the way he encounters ghoulish thieves, ravenous swamp monsters, a dastardly ice cream conspiracy, and a necromancer bent on human sacrifice.
In this beautifully illustrated, four-color novel, Jonathan York's life takes a decidedly spooky turn!
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About the Author
Kory Merritt started cartooning and illustrating while attending SUNY Brockport. His weekly comic strip, Brockport Chronicled, won the John Locher Memorial Award in 2007.
His feature, Lost Side of Suburbia, which appears on GoComics, was largely influenced by folk tales Kory learned as a counselor at Camp Kenan in Barker, New York.
Kory currently teaches K-6 Art in Hammondsport, New York.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reading this was a total treat. The wording is super fun, not too bubbly and not too brainy, perfectly entertaining. The art made good use of light and dark and is full of interesting and odd characters.
The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York has just the right amount of creepy without going scary and just the right amount of silly without being goofy. The lead is identifiable, showing mixtures of fear and bravery. I enjoyed the story as an adult, but I recommend it most to preteens. That age is a tough sale, but I think this author hit the mark.