When I first met Charlie Higson, I mentioned that I’d started reading his latest Young Bond book on the train to London. I thought that sounded OK. About five months later I met Charlie again, and somehow managed to tell him I hadn’t got any further with the book. I really must practise what to do in situations like these.
This tale should enlighten you as to my relief at getting my paws on the first graphic Young Bond, Silverfin. I felt that here was my salvation, and I’d be able to quickly read about young James. My usual doubts about graphic novels surfaced, but disappeared by page two or thereabouts. After that it was strictly racing through the book to get to the end. It’s great fun, and while being a little like a film, it has the advantages but none of the disadvantages of films. Kev Walker has done a great job with the illustrations.
I would like to read the “real” books, but will probably not have the time. Can’t wait for the next graphic book to come, though. This is perfect reading for almost anyone, but particularly so for those reluctant boys again. Just as you can catch new readers with a film, I reckon graphic novels should tempt future book readers as well.
Silverfin is a fast paced adventure, which takes James from his new boarding school Eton, to visit family in Scotland. His enemy from school turns up, and James also makes a new friend on the way north, who helps him solve the mystery that awaits them.