Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr WHAT IS IT? is KaBOOM’s very first children’s picture book. Written by Nicole Hoang with illustrations by Dustin Nguyen, it tells the story of a young girl who discovers a strange creature in a nearby forest. Throughout the tale, she tries to understand just what this creature is, as each new discovery leads to mischief. WATCH: We talked to Dustin Nguyen at NYCC 2015! First and foremost, this is a very sweet book. The story itself is told in a rhyming fashion, which adds a nice charm. The storytelling is simplistic without being mundane. One of the main themes throughout the book is discovery, a theme driven by the introduction of the mysterious creature. Hoang builds a slow reveal of the creature’s appearance before our protagonist hones in on the creature’s more dangerous attributes. Each interaction effortlessly flows into the next one, building to an (anti-) climax which is in itself quite funny. READ: Boom studios is also producing MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS comics series! Check out our review of #5 here! With each page of Hoang’s words we are also treated to some beautiful painted illustrations by Dustin Nguyen. His work on DESCENDER, STUDY HALL OF JUSTICE, and BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM are gorgeous pieces of comics art with WHAT IS IT? a continuation of his wonderful style. He lends a colorful weight to Hoang’s story, his drawings the perfect image for the text. While the monster is a fantastic design of pink furry craziness, Hoang never loses sight of who the story is about: the girl. Inquisitive, brave, and full of humor, she’s not afraid to investigate this lumbering, hairy beast. One of the most positive things I can say about this book is that while a girl may be the hero of the story, it doesn’t feel like it’s just a book for girls. It’s an adventure story for every child and that sends a very positive message out into the world. READ: Want to read a really different kids adventure? Check out our review of PLUTONA here! With art that feels light and full of adventure, WHAT IS IT? is a charming book with a great sense of inquisitive fun. WHAT IS IT? is sure to entertain a child of any age. This is one for your bookshelves!