Avatar: Aang and Korra

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Today we are celebrating our 100th post!  We’re so excited about what we’re doing, and will continue to do, share our love of books!  We’re focusing on the graphic series Avatar, which has transcended genres.

The Avatar cartoons are popular at our house. Hubby was actually the first to discover them, then the kiddo, and finally me. I’ll be honest, at first I was really hesitant because it was a Nickelodeon cartoon, but I ended up loving it.  There are several Avatar books out now and I’ve read at least a few of them.  I would label this post as YA but I think Avatar appeals to all ages, then again so do many other YA books.

The first book I read (actually we read as a bedtime book) was The Lost Scrolls.  From what I saw at the bookstores these were originally released each as their own book: Water, Earth, Fire, Air the copy we have is all four books in one.  Kiddo picked it out as a reward for doing a good job at the doctor when he was sick.  (Yep we bribe with books, I figure it’s better than food lol).  I really enjoyed reading this one, each “book” contains three stories told by various characters (all first season so no Toph sorry), background on the benders of that element, and more details about that element.  It was a combination “non-fiction” and fiction book.  Each of the bending styles has a basis in real martial arts which was really cool to learn.  Definitely a good book to have if you are a fan of the series.

9781595829412_p0_v2_s260x420When the original series ended I know many fans were disappointed they wanted to know more, what happened after?  Well there are now books to answer some of those unanswered questions.  Graphic novels have been released in sets of three the first is The Promise.  Aang and his friends get together again to help solve a conflict between the Fire nation and the Earth Kingdom, specifically between Zuko umm Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei.  It seems the world is headed toward another war and Aang is set on stopping it, the question is will Zuko help him or stand against him.  I loved the story in this.  I was so excited to see a continuation of the show in book form and this did not disappoint.

Set two of the graphic novels I just remembered not long ago.  We had started watching the new Avatar series Legend of Korra, Korra asks about Zuko’s mom at one point.  I immediately sat up and reached for my iPod.  See there is a tease at the end of The Promise about Zuko going to search for his mother.  I hit the library site and put the set on hold.  When I picked up the books I think I finished them in less than an hour.  Zuko has sprung his sister Azula from the crazy house to get her to help find their mother.  See his father won’t talk to him but he will talk to Azula.  Then off Zuko and Azula go with Team Avatar to find Ursa.  This set was even better than The Promise.  Just awesome, so fitting with the show I wish they would animate it, between these two sets they could easily get at least one more season.

There is a third set due out this year, part 1 in March, part 2 in July and part 3 well ???  As I clearly haven’t read it yet I’m going to do something I never do and give you the synopsis from Amazon:

Avatar Aang asks his friends to help him honor Yangchen’s Festival – one of the highest Air Nomad holidays, which hasn’t been celebrated in over one hundred years. But cryptic visits from the spirit of Avatar Yangchen herself lead Aang to discover a jointly owned Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom refinery – operating on land sacred to the Airbenders! Is this the cause of the pollution Aang finds there or is something more mysterious happening?

Needless to say I can’t wait!

There is also a book out for the new Avatar series. Ok wait I just looked and there are two I didn’t know that, time to check the library site again.  At the fall book fair at my school I found Legend of Korra: Revolution and bought it for my son, honestly it was for my son!!  Ok yes, I read it but it lives in his room on his bookshelf and he didn’t want me to read it at bedtime because he sometimes falls asleep and he didn’t want to miss any of the story.  However while I really like the Aang books this one was just ok.  One reviewer called it the Closed Caption version of the first season of Korra, that’s pretty much exactly what it is.  There are a few small details added but not much.  This book ends before the end of the first season.  To finish the season apparently as I just learned you have to pick up Legend of Korra: Endgame.  Now if you loved Avatar and haven’t been able to see the new show this would be a great way to check it out.  If you’re kiddo is younger or a struggling reader this would be great for them if they’ve seen the series because they already know what’s happening.  All in all not bad but glad I got it at less than full price.  The Aang books are better, so far anyway.

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