Graphic Novel Review: Aquicorn Cove by Kay O’Neill


When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a storm, the last thing she expects is to discover a colony of Aquicorns—magical seahorse-like residents of the coral reef. As she explores the damaged town and the fabled undersea palace, Lana learns that while she cannot always count on adults to be the guardians she needs, she herself is capable of finding the strength to protect both the ocean, and her own happiness. 


I’ve really been loving Kay O’Neill’s graphic novels and Aquicorn Cove was a really cute read. 

As with all of their graphic novels, Aquicorn Cove has a stunning art style. Although it was a little less detailed than the Tea Dragon series, it was still seriously beautiful and I loved the ocean theme. I’m a big fan of underwater worlds and although you don’t get to see much of this one, it is still pretty impressive. The cool pink and blue tones used throughout really gave a coral reef vibe to the entire novel and I loved the design of the creatures. 

It might sound a little weird to say but the lettering was super clean and I really appreciated it. Sometimes I find that graphic novels use unusual or hard to read fonts for the text, but this one was blocky and very clear. 

I love that Aquicorn Cove has an important message, it teaches you not only about preserving what is in the ocean but to also appreciate the help from those around you. 

My biggest issue with Aquicorn Cove, which isn’t really an issue, was the tiny jar Lana puts the injured aquicorn in. I know it’s not real but you shouldn’t put any living thing in a jar that small, especially in a graphic novel that is promoting the importance of protecting the ocean and its inhabitants. 

The information at the back about coral reefs and the sea were so interesting and you really learn a lot from it. These sections are such nice additions to the story and world and I’m glad they do it in every volume of their work.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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