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Guru Guru Pon-Chan by Satomi Ikezawa

cover image Translated and adapted by Douglas Varenas, Tanishimi, 2006 (Random House Australia)
Satomi Ikezawa has won prizes for her Manga series of works. She is held in high esteem amongst Manga artists and illustrators. This story is about a Labrador retriever puppy called Panta, who, on nibbling a bone brought to the house by an inventor, turns into a girl. The illustrations and perspective of the drawings had me reading to the end. Although I found the story line a little lame, it will appeal to kids in lower secondary. Graphic Novels are enjoying a resurgence of popularity amongst a wide audience.
Fran Knight


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