Lost in Taiwan by Mark Crilley
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing Date: May 23, 2023
A story about stepping out of your comfort zone—literally—on an unlikely journey to making new connections and learning to explore the big wide world around you, Lost In Taiwan is the latest from celebrated graphic novelist Mark Crilley. THIS WASN’T PAUL’S IDEA. The last thing he’s interested in is exploring new countries or experiencing anything that might be described as “cultural enrichment.” But like it or not, he’s stuck with his brother, Theo, for two weeks in Taiwan, a place that—while fascinating to Theo—holds no interest to Paul at all. While on a short trip to a local electronics store, Paul becomes hopelessly lost in Taiwan’s twisting, narrow streets, and he has no choice but to explore this new environment in his quest to find his way back to Theo’s apartment. In an unfamiliar place with no friends—and no GPS!—there’s no telling what adventures he could happen upon. And who knows? Maybe it turns out he has friends in Taiwan, after all.
Content Warning: Racial microaggressions
About the Author:
Mark Crilley is an American comic book creator and children’s book author/illustrator. He is the creator of Miki Falls, Akiko, and Brody’s Ghost. He is also noted for his instructional videos for drawing in the manga-style. Crilley distributes drawing advice to artists via YouTube videos and his DeviantArt account. In August 2010, he starred in some how to draw videos for Funimation on demand. Mark Crilley’s wife is Miki Crilley who he named Miki Falls after. The two have a daughter, Mio, and a son, Matthew.
Imagine you were in a foreign country and you really didn't want to do anything but just play games with your online friends and eat Mcdonald's. Well this was the start of the story for Paul was exactly like that until something happened. At first I was not keen on Paul at all but that soon changed. I think this was because of him meeting Pejing and Wallace who showed him the wonders of the country. I actually felt like I was with them and that is thanks to the writing and artwork.
For all the reasons above I give Lost In Taiwan 4 stars.