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Review of "Amelia Rules"

By Jimmy Gownley
Renaissance Press, 2001
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Oct 16th 2001
Amelia RulesAmelia is nine years old and her parents have recently divorced, so she, her older sister, and her mother have moved into a new house. This comic is about how Amelia starts to adjust to her new life. She has no trouble making friends -- she is a bit of a tomboy and likes hanging out with boys mostly, and of course she is not interested in romance. Most of the comic is about what Amelia and her friends do -- playing games, getting into trouble. But the tension between her mom and dad occasionally rears its ugly head, and it makes her anxious.

The comic has glossy pages, and the artwork is interesting enough to keep your attention. The basic framework is three-by-three -- it gets denser and more varied towards the end. It looks like it's done by hand, and then some computer effects are added, although, given the advanced state of technology these days, it would not be surprising to learn that the whole thing was done on a computer. The point is that the comic still has a human touch and even a slightly home-made feel.

There are several episodes in the one comic, and there are enough jokes about gross bodily functions to entertain real children. Of course, the real test is whether children would like it, and I haven't asked their opinions. Certainly not all children are going to like it, but I'd guess that quite a few might. I thought it was fun and even a little informative -- there's no heavy psychologizing here, but it does say a little about what it is like to be a child in a divorced family.

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This comic book is published by Renaissance Press: E-mail the publisher for purchase information.

This review first appeared online Sept 1, 2001