Book: Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill
Release Date: October 16th 2018
Tags: Middle Grade / Graphic Novel / Fantasy / Ocean / Pollution / Fishing / Community / Storm / LGBTQ+ / F/F relationship
Trigger Warnings: Storm Damage / Loss of a Loved One
Other books by this author I reviewed
The Tea Dragon Festival
When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a storm, the last thing she expects is to discover a colony of Aquicorns—magical seahorse-like residents of the coral reef. As she explores the damaged town and the fabled undersea palace, Lana learns that while she cannot always count on adults to be the guardians she needs, she herself is capable of finding the strength to protect both the ocean, and her own happiness.
After having read The Tea Dragon’s Festival I have a lot of interest in Katie O’Neill’s work. She manages to effortlessly combine beautiful cute art with a loving story. Which is also the case with Aquicorn Cove. If you are looking for a middle grade graphic novel with a great message than this is a great book for you or your loved ones.
It tells the story of Lana who returns to her home town with her father briefly to help her aunt and the town’s citizens to pick up the pieces after a large storm. While that doesn’t sound very epic perhaps, it isn’t. And it doesn’t have to be. The community of the small town, the underlying relationship between Lana, her father, her aunt and her mother is felt throughout the whole book.
And not only that but there is a fantastical element to the story of a type of sea dragons or sea horses that live in the sea with a guardian. These creatures are so lovingly and soft drawn I could not keep my eyes away from them on the page.
But more than that this story effortlessly manages to deal with the undercurrent of losing a loved one, of guilt, community. And even more, it shares the message that we need to do something to stop polluting our oceans, and to stop destroying the ecosystem by taking more than we need. Especially in this current point we are at now about our climate I think that is a very important message to send to our youth. Never did it feel preachy. It just was the truth. And there is a lot we can achieve together.