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The Gullfather: Birdsy Seagull (A Seahawk Situation: Volume 1) by Jeff Sikaitis and Jake Wheeler


Publisher: Books Fluent

Date of publication: June 6th, 2023

Genre: Graphic Novels

Series: The Gullfather: Birdsy Seagull

A Seahawk Situation—Book 1

Purchase Links: Hardcover (Amazon) | B&N | AbeBooks

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Gullfather himself, Birdsy Seagull, rules the roost with a fistful of feathers. And with a little help, but not much, from his ragtag crew: salty-mouthed Joey “One-Wing” Grella, handsome slacker Sammy “Vinny” Gullian, glamorous and dangerous Birdabella, and Birdsy’s well-fed enforcer, “Quack Quack.” They say they’ll stop at nothing to be the top crime birds on the boardwalk, but they pretty much stop at everything — snack time, nap time or any other reason — much to Birdsy’s ire.

In the first book in the series, “A Seahawk Situation,” Birdsy and his crew are at war with the owners of the boardwalk eatery, Zen and Out, after they erect a wooden security seahawk to scare the gulls of Shoretown. Things escalate quickly after One-Wing battles Seymour the Wooden Seahawk and Vinny starts an indoor fireworks display. In retaliation, One-Wing gets birdnapped, and Vinny is almost made into curry, but just when Birdsy has nowhere left to turn, enter Birdabella, the wild card. Will Birdsy remain “king of the boardwalk” or will the humans get the upper hand and start to encroach on the empire he and NonnaBird built?

Piling on the action, silliness and a lot of heart, this oddball family is brought to life in a dynamic, arresting visual graphic novel format. For fans of “Bad Guys,” “Last Kids On Earth” and “Dogman,” the absurd adventures of Birdsy and crew are everything young readers want in a new series.

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What are you looking at? Never seen a cat this handsome before?

The Gullfather: Bugsy Seagull (A Seahawk Situation: Volume One)

I have never written a review for a graphic novel before. Before this book, I had never read a graphic novel before. I considered this when I accepted the publisher’s request for review.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from this book. I expected that it would be written towards a target audience (tweens and young teens) and that the storyline would reflect it. I also figured that the artwork would be targeted toward them too. I was pleasantly surprised because older teens and adults could also read this book and enjoy it.

The storyline of The Gullfather (I am shortening it for this review) is pretty simple. Birdsy Seagull is the head of the seagull mob and has a problem. The Indian restaurant on the boardwalk has put up a wooden sea hawk to scare away seagulls. Birdsy is not having it, and he sends his best enforcers, One Wing and Vinnie the Vindaloo, to take care of it. But when One Wing is captured, it is up to Birdsy and the rest of the gang to rescue them and take care of the sea hawk.

The storyline was well-written and crisp. The authors’ kept this book laser-focused on Birdsy, his gang, and the issue with the Indian restaurant. They also introduced what I will assume will be the main characters in books in the future.

The Gullfather was pretty funny, also. I also loved the play on the gulls’ names that the authors gave them New Jersey/New York accents.

The end of The Gullfather was entertaining. I loved how Birdsy resolved the problem and saved his friends. But it ended on a cliffhanger, making me want to pick up book 2 when it is published.

I recommend The Gullfather: Birdsy Seagull: Vol 1: The Seahawk Situation to anyone over 10. There is mild violence.

Many thanks to Jeff Sikaitis and Jake Wheeler for allowing me to read and review The Gullfather: Birdsy Seagull: Vol 1: The Seahawk Situations. All opinions stated in this review are mine.

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