Disclosure: We received a year’s subscription to The Phoenix.
My kids absolutely love comics. More often than not, they spend their pocket money on them. They’re forever drawing and writing their own too.
So, when we were offered the opportunity to review The Phoenix, they were delighted!
Aimed at boys and girls aged 7-14, The Phoenix is a weekly title sent by post. If your kids are anything like mine, they love getting mail.
And, as an added nice touch, the envelopes are addressed to something like ‘The Fantastic’ or ‘The Awesome’ instead of formally.
So they have something to look forward to and feel special at the same time.
The Phoenix is put together by a number of big names, including the UK’s leading children’s comic book artist, Jamie Smart.
Each issue is packed with stories and artwork as well as puzzles. In addition to traditional-style comics, there’s some great non-fiction content in comic-book form, so it’s educational too.
Also included are how-to-draw guides which I think are a great idea. I’m a big advocate of taking things beyond the page, and encouraging children to have a go themselves really immerses them in creativity and that can only be a good thing.
The kids’ clear favourites so far are Bunny Vs Monkey and I Hate Pixies. There’s so much laughter when they’re reading these comic strips in particular!
Of course, it would be irresponsible of me to review something without having a good look myself so I’ve been reading it while the kids are at school. Just don’t tell them that, okay?
Oh, and speaking of where the kids are while I’m reading their comics, hundreds of UK schools have The Phoenix in their libraries.
I liked everything I read but, if pushed to pick a highlight, it would be Doug Slugman P.I. I love how daft it is, including the fact that our hero seems to have a different origin story in every issue!
We’ve had a handful of copies so far and the kids absolutely love it. Indeed, they keep asking when the next one is due so I’m taking that as a good sign.
It’s both entertaining and educational. Plus, there aren’t any five-minute wonder plastic covermounts. I’m really pleased we’ve been introduced to it.
If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a young comic enthusiast, we heartily recommend The Phoenix. Why not check out some of the latest offers?