I was fortunate to get a sneak peek into Senor Wooly’s newest graphic novel: Me llamo Victor, Parte I. I have a special place in my heart for Senor Wooly graphic novels because Billy y las botas was the first novel that really helped me figure out how to teach novels. My students loved it as well. I love how much the books can weave into the already amazing curriculum that Senor Wooly has created.
Graphic novels are so popular right now! Many of my students read them as well as my own six year old son. I think that these novels can also be a great entry way to reading more novels. To me, this isn’t just any other graphic novel. Each page is a work of art: Juan Carlos Pinilla illustrated it, Davi Comodo colored it and Lucas Gattoni drew the letters. Jim estimates that each page took about 25 hours of combined work! I am sure that you will agree once you see the book. I felt the same way that I did about La Casa de la Dentista- at times, I just marveled at the art work.
I really loved the story. It is a pre-quel to the Victor trilogy. You could easily teach the three videos then go back and read the novel. Victor, who really starts off as someone extremely irritating in Guapo and becomes an almost hero in Feo, demonstrates his vulnerability even more in Me llamo Victor. It would be interesting to hear students’ reactions to Victor after reading the book and knowing the full story.
I recommend this book for a level 2 class or higher. The language and illustrations really support each other, so it can be comprehensible in level 2. However, the language can be challenging enough for upper levels. You could also have some fascinating conversations in Spanish about why Victor turned into the person he was in Guapo. You could also ask for more output and have students work on describing the pictures independently in an upper level class.
I would say that like the other graphic novels, the story is extremely compelling. While I did figure out one of the spoilers, a lot of it was a surprise for me! I also have SO MANY questions about Parte II. The great part about this book is that if students enjoyed it, they are definitely reading part II. The difficult part? Part II won’t be available until early 2020! That said, you could definitely read it as a standalone book.
If you plan on teaching the whole book, then I recommend buying at least 30 books, so you can have the teacher’s guide. I have found it essential because of the many questions that are used to discuss the pages in the book. As there are a lot of pages with few words, it helps to have the guide to talk about it.
Note: I did receive this book for free to review, but I also committed to giving it an honest review.