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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Professor's Daughter (The)
by Joann Sfar
Age Range: 14+
Set in nineteenth century London this graphic novel has all the key ingredients from murder, adventure, mystery, kidnapping and love. Even Queen Victoria makes an appearance! Lillian is the beautiful daughter of Professor Bowell, a renowned Egyptologist; Imhotep IV, is a mummy owned by the professor and awake for the first time in thirty-two centuries. Lillian and Imhotep become embroiled in all sorts of escapades but through it all they find their way into an unlikely but abiding love.
The Professor’s Daughter is by two of the most inspired graphic creators, Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert. Both have successful solo careers but teamed up for the ‘Sardine in Outer Space’ series which was written by Guibert and illustrated by Sfar. This graphic novel is their earliest collaboration with Sfar writing the text and Guibert doing the illustrations.
Both the text and graphic illustrations are a real treat. The situations the two protagonists find themselves in are often farcical but the reader will enjoy every minute of this humorous graphic novel.