The Professor's Daughter

The Professor's Daughter

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Imhotep IV is an Egyptian mummy who's just opened his eyes for the first time in 3,000 years. Lillian Bowell is the daughter of a renowned Egyptologist. One day, when the Professor's away, the two go out for an afternoon on the town. The heap of trouble that they land in--brought on by Mozart, afternoon tea, and a passing gentleman's sensitive nature--only deepens when they learn Imhotep IV's father is in town. Can Imhotep IV and Lillian stay together when both their fathers, the London Police, and even the Archeological society are desperate to drag them apart?

Written by the hilarious and insightful Joann Sfar and painted in muted, sepia-toned watercolors by Emmanuel Guibert, this book is something to keep as a display piece, a thing of beauty--if you can put down the engaging story long enough for others to admire it!

Publisher: New York : First Second, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781596431300
159643130X
9781596432550
1596432551
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL SFAR
GRAPHIC NOVEL Sfar
Characteristics: 64 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Guibert, Emmanuel

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mikorangester
Apr 04, 2017

Art beautiful. Story wonderful. Funny. New.

forbesrachel Dec 21, 2014

True love overcomes all hardship. Some have more obstacles than others though, as is the case for Lillian, daughter of a strict English professor, and Imhotep, ancient pharaoh and mummy. Society, family, even logic is against their relationship, but they persevere. Their tale is short and sweet, and only further sweetened by the series of beautiful watercolour images which change their hue to reflect the mood. These two are such a charming couple, and due to their unusual circumstances they experience some amusing situations. While death and crime are treated rather lightly, everything is kept in good humour. Even with one half of this duo being dead, a lively tone permeates every moment. The Professor's Daughter, while having a rather inconspicuous title, is one of those finely crafted gems of a graphic novel that you absolutely must read.

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kalio
Aug 31, 2010

It?s a romance for the ages, told in that most colorful of narrative forms: the graphic novel. Lillian (pert and pretty) and Imhotep (dashing and dapper) are in love, and the duo makes quite a splash as they gad about Victorian-era London. Of course, many obstacles stand in their way?Lillian is the daughter of an eminent archeology professor, and Imhotep is a bandage-wrapped mummified Prince of Ancient Egypt. Imhotep is three-thousand years old and somewhat out of touch with modern life (a single cuppa turns him into a drunken mess, insulting gentlemen and wrecking tea rooms), and Lillian?s father is unlikely to approve the match (?You are the property of the British Museum. You are dead. Stay out of this!? the Professor cries when he discovers the mummy and his daughter in each other?s arms). Imhotep?s own mummified dad, the British police force, and Queen Victoria herself get tangled up in this whimsical romantic omedy. As the sprightly forms of Lillian and Imhotep dart across the pages, readers become enchanted by the pair?s hijinks and adventures. Originally published in France in 1997, The Professor?s Daughter was translated by noted graphic novel press First Second Books in 2007. Author and artist collaborators Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert are in fine form here?cheeky humor and expressive illustrations combine for a truly delightful romp.

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beckylunatic
Sep 25, 2009

Jacket copy indicates this was Sfar and Guibert's first published work, and I guess it shows. I do like the watercolor aspect of Guibert's art... it's considerably "prettier" than Sfar's style, but not near so distinctive. In their usual collaborations, Guibert writes and Sfar draws. I'm not sure the plot quite found its footing, almost like a wannabe Richard Sala story, but not quite so dark, and thus not really succeeding at being humourous either. I like Sfar's more recent writings much better, and probably wouldn't have been too impressed if this were the first book I'd picked up. It was only ok.

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mikorangester
Apr 04, 2017

Other: Good for any school library.

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