Graphic Novels are growing in popularity these days, and all kinds of authors are experimenting with the form, including Stephen Collins! The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is the story of a place called Here in which everything is perfectly uniform, but everyone in it lives in fear of a place called There. There is a place with no order and no neatness, and it lies just beyond the borders of Here. No one has ever been to There and lived to tell the tale.
Dave is a thoroughly average citizen of Here until one day when a gigantic, uncuttable, untamable beard begins to grow on his face, turning his world upside down and destroying the neatness that governs his life. The citizens of Here must find a way to contain this outburst of chaos as it grows larger and larger, terrorizing the entire island.
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is a story told through words and black and white cartoons. It is an imaginative tale about chaos and order and the attempt to find a balance between the two. Dave is forced to confront his fears of disorder and the unknown, and the result is a journey that allows readers to contemplate similar fears and uncertainties.
The book is dark, funny, and surreal, and I have never read anything quite like it. This would be a great book to use with any students who are interested in graphic novels, or those who simply enjoy a good story!