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The Gigantic Beard that Was Evil    by Stephen Collins order for
Gigantic Beard that Was Evil
by Stephen Collins
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Picador, 2014 (2013)
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* * *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Stephen Collins' The Gigantic Beard that Was Evil is a wonderfully fun graphic novel. The story and the black-and-white artwork are simple yet fantastic, and there is a sweet moral at the end that is great for young and old alike.

Collins has imagined a world called Here where everything is orderly and mundane. The people of Here are scared of There, the world outside of Here. One day, Dave, a regular citizen of Here, finds himself inexplicably growing a beard. And this is no ordinary beard it grows at a rate impossible to stop.

As Dave and the people of Here try to deal with his beard, minute changes begin to occur, and this is the crux of The Gigantic Beard that Was Evil. Stephen Collins' simple tale is one that is not soon forgotten.

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