BOOK REVIEW! The Isle of the Lost: The Graphic Novel

by Melissa de la Cruz, Adapted by Robert Venditti and Art by Kat Farjado

Book review by @kytara

I loved this story a lot. I really love that it brought me into a fantasy world of fairytale villains who were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost, which is a dark, dreary, isolated, forgotten world protected by a force field. They are unable to leave or use their magical powers.

The book was adventurous, funny, and very hard to put down. I loved all the characters, and how I could remember them from the Disney movie they came from.  There were four main characters, Mal, Carlos, Jay and Evie. My favorite character was Evie, because I liked her style, she’s a cute and seemed nice for a villain.  

It was cool to see recognizable villains from other Disney animations, like Dr. Facilier (called Dr. F in the story) from “The Princess and the Frog,” Mother Gothel from “Tangled,” and the wicked stepmother from Cinderella. The parents of the four main characters did look as much like how they do in the Disney animations.

They took very interesting villain classes, etc. at their school, which I found to be very funny, such as Selfishness 101, Advance Selfies Seminar, Evil Guidance counseling and more.

Cruella De Vil, Carlos’s mother, had a ridiculous obsession with her fur coats. She layed out a lot of bear traps to keep people away from her furs, she called them her one true love, and made her son Carlos sleep in her fur room to care for and guard her furs.

Meanwhile, in Auradon, Prince Ben, son of King Beast and Queen Belle, was asked by his father to conduct a meeting with Sidekicks United.  That was cool because the Sidekicks were side characters in Disney movies like the mice in Cinderella, or the seven dwarfs from Snow white.  

I didn’t expect this book to be a graphic novel rather than a chapter book, but the illustrations made it easier and more fun to read.

I like how at the end the four main characters became friends, instead of frenemies.