Asterix in Corsica
A book review for parents
This graphic novel is the 20th volume in the "Asterix" comic book series by Rene Goscinny and is published by Orion.
Asterix in Corsica is written for kids ages 9 to 12. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
The Asterix comic book series, hugely popular in its native France and translated into many other languages, stars a small Gaulish warrior named Asterix and his faithful friend Obelix. In this volume, Asterix and Obelix rescue a Corsican prisoner (named Boneywasawarriorwayayix) from a nearby Roman camp. They return to Corsica with him to help him prepare to do battle on the corrupt Roman praetor. The book includes detailed comic art and employs a fair amount of French humor (shown in the characters' names and the way the various armies are typified).
The Roman praetor is corrupt and tries to get several underlings to do his bidding so that he can escape rich and unharmed while war rages in his land. Corsican leader Boneywasawarriorwayayix shows hospitality to Asterix and Obelix and manages to put aside his differences with another warrior to end a lengthy family vendetta.
Other Belief Systems
Asterix gets his superhuman strength from a potion brewed up by Getafix, the village druid.
Characters make exclamations like "By Jupiter and Mercury." There's a fair amount of comic book violence, but nothing lengthy or gory.
If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:
- What was your impression of the Romans after reading this book?
- Do you think the feud between Boneywasawarriorwayayix and Olabellamargaritix is really over?
- How did Asterix get his power?
Was it honorable?
Will he be able to keep it?
Note: A soldier mentions getting drunk.
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