NewsPrints, written and illustrated by Ru Xu, was published in 2017 by Graphix/Scholastic.

3 star NewsPrints is very very cute. The main character is cute, the animal sidekicks are cute, the relationships are cute, the artwork is really freaking cute. I will read the next book just to get more cute.

“Real birds much more interesting than book birds.”

NewsPrints is also more than cute, of course – but not quite as much as I was hoping. There are elements of feminism, hints of transexuality, and little teases of a much larger story, but in the end this is a simple story with very cute artwork. Although I love that Xu is hinting at broader and deeper themes, I hope she takes more of a leap in the next volume.


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