Herk has always wanted stronger legs. His family of Nnewts
seem to walk around just fine, but he is stuck staying in
the water with his weak legs. When his village is
Herk is separated from his family. He must learn to stand
his own two legs (metaphorically) while his physical ones
still won't work well in the face of dangerous enemies, a
mysterious past, and evil abound.
When I first picked up NNEWTS by Doug Tennapel, I admit I
was a little skeptic. I'm not a big fan of reptiles, and I
was worried I might not find a connection to the story.
I opened the book and saw the first illustration, I
resist saying "wow", and that became a trend as the story
went on. Herk is an absolutely adorable Nnewt. He's young
and dreams of big adventures. His family is full of unique
characters, from a scientist father to a kickbutt mother.
is easy to feel right at home with them thanks to the
breathtaking illustrations on each page.
With the arrival of the Lizzarks and an evil lord, the
turns darker, and the action doesn't stop. There are
twists that will leave your mouth hanging open, but there
plenty of surprise humor throughout to keep a smile on
face. By the end, Tennapel leaves the perfect amount of
mystery, suspense, and attachment to Herk to keep readers
eagerly awaiting the next installment.
All in all, I am so glad I decided to give this one a
chance. NNEWTS is unique, fun, exciting, and one of the
drawn graphic novels I've seen. I love the story line Doug
Tennapel weaves, and I can't wait to see what the next
A little hero faces big challenges in the first book of
this totally unique graphic novel fantasy-adventure series
from Doug TenNapel.The first book in the Nnewts series
follows the story of Herk, a lovable Nnewt who longs for
stronger legs, something his mother and father wish they
could give him. When his quaint village is attacked by the
reptile Lizzarks, he\'s forced to flee his home and leave
behind the only life he\'s ever known. Now, all alone and
on the run, Herk navigates a dangerous world filled with
strange creatures and mysterious wonders, where friends
are few and an evil lord is in hot pursuit.