Book Title: My Brother Teddy
Book Description: My Brother Teddy is a tale of the love between a young boy and his teddy bear. When the monster in the closet turns out to be real and kidnaps the boy, we see just how real the love is. The teddy bear comes to life and goes through the demons of Hell to get his boy back.
We get to see the bear restore the crown (which is an incredible metaphor for the boy’s self worth) to the boy after a rough go with some bullies. We also see the bear lay down his life to protect the boy and allow him to escape to safety.
Years later we see the boy as a man. He has not forgotten the sacrifice his friend made for him. The issue comes to a conclusion when he dresses for battle to go back into Hell to rescue his friend.
Book Author: Jaromir François
Book Format: Paperback
Illustrator: Todor Hristov
This story is unique because it comes with a soundtrack. It’s like Fantasia with much more action. The only drawback I found to the book having a musical score was there were several tracks on the score that went far longer than it took to read the coinciding pages.
Another unique twist in My Brother Teddy is that there are almost no words in it. No dialogue. No editor’s notes. No onomatopoeia. The only words we see are on a black background telling us we’re at the beginning of a new scene. It worked in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #21 and #85.
Overall it works here as well. It does give the reader the feeling that they’re reading a highly developed storyboard for a movie, which in the case of My Brother Teddy wouldn’t be a bad thing.
I liked how the cover artwork is actually relevant to what takes place in this book. It is eye-catching and piques interest. The only thing I would do differently is make the title easier to read.
I can’t say enough about how powerful the interior artwork is. In a book without dialogue the artwork has to do a lot of heavy lifting. Mr. Hristov Rose to the challenge with vigor. This book could be used as a tutorial on how to draw comics.
As a geek on a budget I would say this one is worth the price of admission. It has a little bit higher price tag; but as a consumer you’re getting a larger than average book. You’re also getting incredible artwork and a terrific soundtrack that comes with it.
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