Review: Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack

18527488Title: Cleopatra In Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack
Genre:  Graphic Novel – Children’s
Publisher: Scholastic
Page count: 167 pages
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: May 2014
Rating – 3/5 – liked it

When a young Cleopatra (yes, THAT Cleopatra) finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, REALLY far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian. She enrolls in Yasiro Academy, a high-tech school with classes like algebra, biology, and alien languages (which Cleo could do without), and combat training (which is more Cleo’s style). With help from her teacher Khensu, Cleo learns what it takes to be a great leader, while trying to figure out how she’s going to get her homework done, make friends, and avoid detention!


Hello everyone! I fell into sort of a reading slump this last two weeks and had been unable to get into a book that I am going to be reviewing after this one! I went to visit my niece over the weekend and she ever so kindly lent me this cute little graphic novel, Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice. My niece has previously had a hard time with reading so it’s awesome to see her finding a medium that she feels comfortable reading and is able to get into. I’m all for that so I think I’ll be looking into more graphic novel titles along the same vein as this to purchase for her so if you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments!

This graphic novel is about a young Cleopatra who is just days shy of celebrating her fifteenth birthday where she will take on more responsibility as the future ruler of Egypt. She is rambunctious and ballsy and into having fun and not taking life so seriously. During an afternoon at play with her best friend, she happens upon a tablet and relic that transport her into an Egypt of the future where it has been foretold that she will save her people from the Xerx, a brutal and tyrannical people who seek to take over and destroy a nation’s culture, history, etc. This first book is about her adapting to her new surroundings and struggling with taking on more responsibility, basically growing up.

I  liked this graphic novel, I thought it was really cute. I thought the story behind it was interesting and the characters were all really cute. I loved the illustrations and what little dialogue there was in this book was fun and cute. I recommend this for maybe ages 9-14. My niece falls within that range so I can definitely see how this story was super enjoyable for her.  I enjoyed reading this as an adult but I tried to read it as my eleven year old self would and I definitely think this is something I would have enjoyed reading. While I didn’t absolutely love this graphic novel, I would definitely continue reading it to see where the story goes. I have heard that the second one is progressively better which I think is understandable as this laid just a short, simple foundation for the story and what is going on the world. I want to see more detail though about the Xerx and the world.  I would like to see the ways in which Cleopatra grows, I think there is ALOT of room for her to grow within this series as she is very “I want to do my own thing and not listen to anyone else” in this book. That lands her in a bit of trouble sometimes so I think it’s good for kids to see that as well. I think she’s also a good character for young girls to read about because she is definitely strong, opinionated and independent which was really great to see in a young female character. I think she has so much potential, as does this series.

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