Book Review: The Secret Spiral Of Swamp Kid

October 30, 2019

Xyza Junior Reporters Evan W. and Insha M.  had the chance to review a brand new DC graphic novel called The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid by writer and illustrator Kirk Scroggs. Check out what each reporter had to say about the story of Russel Weinwright, a not-so-typical half-human/half-plant superhero.

Book Review: The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid 

By Evan W.

4.7 out of 5 stars

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid (Image courtesy of DC)

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid is a great book. It mixes humor and a little bit of mystery to make a delightful graphic novel. The pictures are amazing, and the writing is through a one-of-a-kind lens. I recommend this book to kids ages eight through eleven, but it can be read by anyone and they will still love it. Always look at the pictures closely, for they are hilarious and give extra details through the book.

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid is about a boy named Russel Weinwright, who is made of plants. He learns to control his plant powers to do everyday stuff, like painting a house. Then shady looking dudes turn up everywhere. After meeting with Swamp Thing, a monster who lives in the swamp, Russel sees that he doesn’t know who he can trust anymore. Will Russel’s friends betray him? What about Swamp Thing? Read this great book to find out!

Book Review: The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid 

By Insha M.

Illustrations: 5/5 Stars

Language: 2/5 Stars

Story Line: 2/5 Stars

Color Scheme: 2/5 Stars

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid (Image courtesy of DC)

Russel Weinwright is only trying to stay alive in middle school!

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid is about Russel Weinwright, who is half kid and half swamp monster. The book is written in journal style with hand-drawn graphics throughout the book.
Russel was adopted; his dad found him while working on a gas line beneath some branches. His mom and dad kept trying to locate his real parents but had no luck. Eventually, they adopted Russel and treated him as their own. Russel grew up drawing and doodling everywhere, whether in class, at church, or even on a roller coaster!

In school, Charlotte is one of Russel’s best friends. She is very bold, adventurous, and demanding. Russel’s other best friend’s name is Preston, who is in charge of the school’s yearbook, and who is always walking around trying to get the inside scoop on his video camera.

This book has an interesting point of view, but I feel it is lacking a substantial storyline and is all over the place. In general, it was an enjoyable and quick read but could have included a few more anecdotal experiences.