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Every story has a beginning. It is time for this one to be told. Ivy and Sprout follow their curiosity about the shard of stained glass they discovered in the woods. What they find is a clue to the very origin of their beloved home, the Korgi Hollow. In this third book, many questions are answered and a few new ones are created. Follow the brave Ivy and her lovable Korgi c Every story has a beginning. It is time for this one to be told. Ivy and Sprout follow their curiosity about the shard of stained glass they discovered in the woods. What they find is a clue to the very origin of their beloved home, the Korgi Hollow. In this third book, many questions are answered and a few new ones are created. Follow the brave Ivy and her lovable Korgi cub, Sprout, as they start to unravel the mysteries surrounding their magical land.


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Every story has a beginning. It is time for this one to be told. Ivy and Sprout follow their curiosity about the shard of stained glass they discovered in the woods. What they find is a clue to the very origin of their beloved home, the Korgi Hollow. In this third book, many questions are answered and a few new ones are created. Follow the brave Ivy and her lovable Korgi c Every story has a beginning. It is time for this one to be told. Ivy and Sprout follow their curiosity about the shard of stained glass they discovered in the woods. What they find is a clue to the very origin of their beloved home, the Korgi Hollow. In this third book, many questions are answered and a few new ones are created. Follow the brave Ivy and her lovable Korgi cub, Sprout, as they start to unravel the mysteries surrounding their magical land.

30 review for Korgi, Book 3: A Hollow Beginning

  1. 5 out of 5

    zOdAê aKAê

    do you love korgi’s? do you love strong femme leads? do you like faries? do you like adventure? got it all right here. i would say that to fully understand this type of a story that you would need to read them all. i think you could pick of up any of them and read it and appreciate it but this is something where you should have all 5 and read them in like 2 days or 3 days max just when u wanna read for 15 mins. this is also coming from a children’s librarian.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dimitris Papastergiou

    It was ok! Good artwork but not much to say besides that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dani Shuping

    Ivy and Sprout are curious about the shard of stained glass they found in the woods. And while their friends have many suggestions as to what it is, it isn’t until they visit Wart, the town’s librarian, that its secrets are revealed. Wart shares with Ivy and Sprout the story of the old kingdom, how the korgi’s came to korgi valley, and the evil that destroyed the old kingdom. Ivy and Sprout leave Wart’s happy with their new found knowledge. But evil still lurks around the old kingdom and danger Ivy and Sprout are curious about the shard of stained glass they found in the woods. And while their friends have many suggestions as to what it is, it isn’t until they visit Wart, the town’s librarian, that its secrets are revealed. Wart shares with Ivy and Sprout the story of the old kingdom, how the korgi’s came to korgi valley, and the evil that destroyed the old kingdom. Ivy and Sprout leave Wart’s happy with their new found knowledge. But evil still lurks around the old kingdom and danger might still be around. This is my first journey into the world of Korgi and wow...after reading this volume I’m hooked. It’s a completely wordless tale with absolutely fantastic illustrations. I get the impression that this volume is slightly darker than previous two, but it’s still something I think young readers would enjoy. And for me the best thing is that even though I haven’t read the other two volumes it was easy to slip into this world and get to know the characters. I love Ivy and Sprout’s relationship and how easily they get along (and Sprout’s love of all types of food.) One of my favorite parts of this story is where the characters are trying to figure out what the shard of stained glass is and their interpretations range from a knife to a toothpick. The line work in this book is absolutely gorgeous and it reminds me in some ways of Shaun Tan’s work (The Arrival.) I especially love seeing the porcupine practicing his archery skills with his own quills. I also really like the images from the storybook that the old frog is reading, they look just like old woodcut images and are absolutely fantastic. I’m definitely going to be reading the other two volumes and eagerly await the next volume in the series. This is a great story for young and old alike. Electronic review copy provided by NetGalley

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jayaprakash Satyamurthy

    Oh, wonderful! We get some of the back story of Korgi Hollow, and it is full of supercreeps and scary monsters! I love the balance between CUTE CUTE CUTE cuteness and really nasty monsters. Everyone who is, or was a child should read these books!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ron Baxley

    By: Ron Baxley, Jr., fantasy and “Oz universe” author with YBR Publishing and author and scripter of the international-award-winning fantasy Corgi graphic novel series for ages 10-100 (or older), “Ziggy Zig-zags the Light and Dark Fantastic” Book 2 Crossed Genres; Book 3 Does It Further and Darker with Neat Framing 5 out of 5 stars Where Book 2 brought more science fiction into the Korgi graphic novel series, author and artist Christian Slade has gothic horror brought into “Korgi 3, A Hollow Begin By: Ron Baxley, Jr., fantasy and “Oz universe” author with YBR Publishing and author and scripter of the international-award-winning fantasy Corgi graphic novel series for ages 10-100 (or older), “Ziggy Zig-zags the Light and Dark Fantastic” Book 2 Crossed Genres; Book 3 Does It Further and Darker with Neat Framing 5 out of 5 stars Where Book 2 brought more science fiction into the Korgi graphic novel series, author and artist Christian Slade has gothic horror brought into “Korgi 3, A Hollow Beginning” or at least dark fantasy. The visuals are stunning as always, and, like in Book 2, the plot seems to be more organized than Book 1. Perhaps Book 1 needed to provide more of an overview and that is why it seemed more scattered. But 3, along with 2, seems to have a more logical plot. What does counter the darker aspects of some of the later horror is the kawaii or cuteness factor of the Korgi Sprout himself and his newly introduced benevolent friend Otto, a porcupine-like creature who uses his quills as an archer uses arrows. He literally puts his quills in a bow and can shoot them for archery practice. The Mollie/woodland fairy Ivy and Korgi Sprout have a surprise encounter with him at his archery range and invite him to a picnic with all sorts of goodies. Unfortunately, a nasty bit of vermin spies on them during this picnic and is later introduced. Otto makes a surprise appearance later in the book as well. Next, the visual from Book 2 which is pulled into this one, Ivy’s torn page with the castle on it, is brought by Ivy and her Korgi Sprout to the talking toad Wart, scroll-keeper and historian of Korgi Hollow. Wart discovers that it is a missing part of one of his books, shows this to Ivy and Sprout, and this serves as a framing device to bring the backstory of how seven Korgis came to be in Korgi Hollow. The framing device of a book within a book is executed well, and the art in the book within a book has more of a darker, wood-cut style, making it seem like even more of an ancient tale of yore versus even the current narrative. Within the old book backstory, the Korgis started their lives with a benevolent wizard with a Corgi-headed staff (and I promise I did not know this when I gave one of my characters an anthropomorphized Corgi-headed staff in my O.Z. Diggs VII series). Eventually, the Korgis were stolen by bandits and sold to an unscrupulous character. They were sold by this character at market to Auntie Pluther of the Pluther Royal bloodline who gave them as gifts to her literally bloodthirsty thirteen year old twin nephews who want to gain the Korgis’ powers completely. The Korgis escaped thanks to a kind knight and thanks to the Mollies/woodland fairies ended up being in Korgi Hollow where they were as of Book 1. But what the Pluther twin princes will do to try to find and gain the Korgis power just has to be seen to be believed. And, oh by the way, the visual from Book 3 which will lead to Book 4 is the creephog, a squat, furry underground burying sphere-shaped little monster and servant of the Pluther princes. From the woodcut style to the black ink style, the artwork within this volume still excels. It also add to the gothic horror or dark fantasy aspects of this particular volume. Young children used to fairy tale violence or the type of violence in fantasy in general should be okay with this particular volume but may need comfort after seeing some of it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What the heck? Man, I did not see that twist coming. First Korig Gandalf takes care of his adorable Korgi clan. Then the Korgi’s get abducted by an evil witch and gifted to two vampire princes. The princes suck the blood of the Korgi’s (to death?) so they can breath Korgi fire and terrorize the citizens. Then the night let’s the Korgi’s go, and they find Korgi hollow with the mollies and hide from the princes. Then the princes put a toad (our narrator I think) into a boiling cauldron and their ki What the heck? Man, I did not see that twist coming. First Korig Gandalf takes care of his adorable Korgi clan. Then the Korgi’s get abducted by an evil witch and gifted to two vampire princes. The princes suck the blood of the Korgi’s (to death?) so they can breath Korgi fire and terrorize the citizens. Then the night let’s the Korgi’s go, and they find Korgi hollow with the mollies and hide from the princes. Then the princes put a toad (our narrator I think) into a boiling cauldron and their kingdom explodes. First off, where the hell is Korgi Gandalf. I mean, why did he not save his poor Korgi’s? Second, did those little Korgi’s die after encountering the princes? How did the princes know sucking Korgi blood would make them breath fire? Why do you need to breath fire if you are vampire? I thought fire was the only way to truly kill a Vampire? This is a children’s book? This got dark man. Dark beyond Sprout being a pyro maniac, thinking fire solves all problems of fear. Like whoa. Further. Why didn’t the Little Korgi’s light the vampire princes on fire. Like I said, fire kills vampire, makes sure they don’t come back.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nadina

    This was still beautifully drawn and despite the lack of words reasonably easy to follow. I read this whole series in a row and I guess most of my detailed review will be saved for here. The advantage of this volume, we got backstory. That being said, there were cliff-hangers left in the first and second volumes that were touched upon again in this volume, however, in the end it still felt incomplete. It did not seem as though these to problems from the first volume were actually resolved. I thi This was still beautifully drawn and despite the lack of words reasonably easy to follow. I read this whole series in a row and I guess most of my detailed review will be saved for here. The advantage of this volume, we got backstory. That being said, there were cliff-hangers left in the first and second volumes that were touched upon again in this volume, however, in the end it still felt incomplete. It did not seem as though these to problems from the first volume were actually resolved. I think had this been a few volumes longer it would have been able to wrap-up these loose ends and feel complete. Despite being beautiful and featuring adorable corgis, I don't think this is a series I'd recommend.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tirzah

    Readers as well as Ivy and Sprout learn more about Korgi Hollow’s history. This one is my least favorite, because it is darker than the other two. While there were mean, somewhat bizarre-looking creatures in the previous ones, this one goes a little too far with imagery and content (view spoiler)[two evil princes kill corgis and drink their blood in order to gain powers. (hide spoiler)] - that is, if this book is intended for the juvenile audience. I am still confused as to whether it is an adul Readers as well as Ivy and Sprout learn more about Korgi Hollow’s history. This one is my least favorite, because it is darker than the other two. While there were mean, somewhat bizarre-looking creatures in the previous ones, this one goes a little too far with imagery and content (view spoiler)[two evil princes kill corgis and drink their blood in order to gain powers. (hide spoiler)] - that is, if this book is intended for the juvenile audience. I am still confused as to whether it is an adult or children book. Parents of young children may be disappointed at the dark turn the third book takes. I have not read the fourth book yet; I hope it is not as scary!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Wow, this one takes a turn for the scary! Much better at communicating in the panels, though there is a whole two-page spread that is just replicated drawing zoomed in slightly more every frame for six frames, which was a bit much. Loved the change in style for the history comic within the comic, and the turn for the scary. Wasn't expecting it from a comic that has been mostly just cute and placid. Wow, this one takes a turn for the scary! Much better at communicating in the panels, though there is a whole two-page spread that is just replicated drawing zoomed in slightly more every frame for six frames, which was a bit much. Loved the change in style for the history comic within the comic, and the turn for the scary. Wasn't expecting it from a comic that has been mostly just cute and placid.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The concept of telling a story without words is interesting, but I'm not sure that I can get behind it. Yes, I know, I've read three of the books in the series but I still like words to flesh things out. Maybe if the illustration were more "wow" but I sometimes find it confusing as well. Of the three books though, I do prefer this one as the story give some history and we meet some new characters that are intriguing. The concept of telling a story without words is interesting, but I'm not sure that I can get behind it. Yes, I know, I've read three of the books in the series but I still like words to flesh things out. Maybe if the illustration were more "wow" but I sometimes find it confusing as well. Of the three books though, I do prefer this one as the story give some history and we meet some new characters that are intriguing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I liked the first book with its whimsy and adventure. This book is a bit darker. There are people who drink Korgi blood, kidnappers, and all sorts of unpleasant people and creatures in it. The title refers to the origins of the molly-korgi relationships in their shared hollow.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This fantasy graphic novel borders on horror as readers discover the dark history of the castle ruins and how the Korgis came to live with the Mollies. Per usual, finishing one of these gorgeously sketched books will just make you want to reach for the next one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Again...the artwork is amazing! And a frog historian who collects books. Oh man! This is so great! And Otto the Porcupine! What a great story!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Constance

    I HAVEN'T THOUGHT ABOUT THESE BOOKS SINCE I WAS 11! Totally forgot they existed- when I get a card for my old library again, I'll have to track them down. I had no idea a third one had been made! I HAVEN'T THOUGHT ABOUT THESE BOOKS SINCE I WAS 11! Totally forgot they existed- when I get a card for my old library again, I'll have to track them down. I had no idea a third one had been made!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book gives you a look at how the magical korgis came to the Hollow. Awesome backstory with a very satisfying conclusion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    The third Korgi book: A Hollow Beginning, harkens back to the adventure of the first Korgi book. Complete with a one-eyed porcupine who knows Archery and an old library inside a tree, this book embodies the spirit of fantasy- and it's a definite improvement from the second book. In this book, we learn about the beginnings of the Korgi Hollow- of two evil princes who are greedy for power, and use the fire-breathing power of the kidnapped Korgis for evil. Ivy and Sprout learn about this history be The third Korgi book: A Hollow Beginning, harkens back to the adventure of the first Korgi book. Complete with a one-eyed porcupine who knows Archery and an old library inside a tree, this book embodies the spirit of fantasy- and it's a definite improvement from the second book. In this book, we learn about the beginnings of the Korgi Hollow- of two evil princes who are greedy for power, and use the fire-breathing power of the kidnapped Korgis for evil. Ivy and Sprout learn about this history because of the piece of glass they acquired from the second book- a nice tie-in. The things I loved about this book are numerous. The adorable happy look the Korgis have when they are breathing fire, the love of baked goods by everyone in Korgi Hollow, the compass with a Korgi at the center, and the lighthearted and playful spirit of the people in town. I also like the change of illustrations for the history of the Korgis- a more simplified pen sketching and thicker panel borders. The wizard who first owned the Korgis is adorable- and I would love to know more about him. The only frustrating aspect of this book is that the author and artist feels the need to elaborate on his story at the end by giving character descriptions, complete with details that didn't happen, or weren't apparent, in the book. Since the book has no words, it's sometimes difficult to tell exactly what the author intends. It's disappointing to me that this information is only conveyed in words at the end of the book- I was hoping the artist would find a way to communicate that information during the graphic novel. I liked the art better in this book, perhaps because it felt more like the art in the first book, and because it featured more Korgis and less robots! :) I think the Korgis are headed back in the right direction.... and I'm excited to see where it goes. Also, I want to adopt a Corgi.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    There's not much of a standalone story to Book 3. (view spoiler)[Ivy wants to know the story behind the shard she found that depicts a castle. Her curiosity eventually leads her to Wart the Scrollkeeper, a jovial frog (or toad) with a Gandalf hat. In the middle third of Book 3, Wart shows them a story from which we learn that Ivy's suspicions are correct: the shard is an image of what the ruins on the top of the nearby cliff used to be. The evil twin monarchs that caused terror in the story-with There's not much of a standalone story to Book 3. (view spoiler)[Ivy wants to know the story behind the shard she found that depicts a castle. Her curiosity eventually leads her to Wart the Scrollkeeper, a jovial frog (or toad) with a Gandalf hat. In the middle third of Book 3, Wart shows them a story from which we learn that Ivy's suspicions are correct: the shard is an image of what the ruins on the top of the nearby cliff used to be. The evil twin monarchs that caused terror in the story-within-a-story are the twins that live in the ruins and have Creephog the spy reporting back to them about Spout, the fire-breathing Korgi. In the final third of Book 3, Creephog tries to do harm to (and possibly kidnap?) Sprout the dog and Ivy, but an eyepatch-wearing porcupine archery enthusiast helps them out. Creephog then goes to report more to the twins. Then, in the character descriptions at the end of the book, we learn that the twins (now fused together) must drink the blood of a fire-breathing Korgi in order to resume to separate back into two people. (hide spoiler)] So while things indeed happen, it feels like the end of one minor mystery and the continuation of another, but doesn't have a beginning, middle and end of its own. Book 3 is also unique because it requires familiarity with the previous books, something Book 2 did not. (view spoiler)[ My favorite image this time was on p. 38: Wart, the storytelling frog (or toad) grabbing a book from a high shelf in his library. Sadly Lump was not featured in Book 3. (hide spoiler)]

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    A beautifully drawn, wordless graphic novel about the adventures of a fairy and her dog-like companion. Adorable and imaginative, with just enough menace to give the story weight.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    I eagerly await each volume of this title almost as much as my daughter does. The third entry in the series focuses on answering some of the questions and solving riddles that have surrounded the world of Korgis and Mollies from the beginning. The flashback into the history of this land was most definitely unnecessary. The strange creatures that live in this world don't need origins, in my opinion, but the back story didn't detract from my enjoyment of the series either. The world created by Sla I eagerly await each volume of this title almost as much as my daughter does. The third entry in the series focuses on answering some of the questions and solving riddles that have surrounded the world of Korgis and Mollies from the beginning. The flashback into the history of this land was most definitely unnecessary. The strange creatures that live in this world don't need origins, in my opinion, but the back story didn't detract from my enjoyment of the series either. The world created by Slade doesn't need large arcs. Some of my favorite stories are the "small" ones created for the Free Comic Book Day offerings from Top Shelf. Anytime Sprout & Ivy do anything (or nothing) it's gorgeously rendered and sweet and clever (see the FCBD story where Sprout gorges on desserts and has bizarre dreams), so Slade could tell those non-linear stories from here until doomsday, as far as I'm concerned, but any Korgi is good Korgi, so bring it on!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Synopsis: "Every story has a beginning. It is time for this one to be told. Ivy and Sprout follow their curiosity about the shard of stained glass they discovered in the woods. What they find is a clue to the very origin of their beloved home, the Korgi Hollow. In this third book, many questions are answered and a few new ones are created. Follow the brave Ivy and her lovable Korgi cub, Sprout, as they start to unravel the mysteries surrounding their magical land." My Review: I absolutely love th Synopsis: "Every story has a beginning. It is time for this one to be told. Ivy and Sprout follow their curiosity about the shard of stained glass they discovered in the woods. What they find is a clue to the very origin of their beloved home, the Korgi Hollow. In this third book, many questions are answered and a few new ones are created. Follow the brave Ivy and her lovable Korgi cub, Sprout, as they start to unravel the mysteries surrounding their magical land." My Review: I absolutely love this series of graphic novels! It is wonderful to have a little introduction at the beginning of each one, as they are a wordless graphic novel, and then at the end there is a little index of the characters in the series too. The images throughout are mostly done in pen with no color and I love the simplicity of them. This is a series of graphic novels that can be enjoyed by all ages.

  21. 4 out of 5

    K. McDevitt

    Just when we thought things were going well, that the big bad had been stopped, that little shard of glass leads the way toward an even bigger mystery and an even worse power out there that our little heroes must try to stop. After some fun asking around the hollow, Ivy and Sprout end up with Wart, being told a story of two evil princes who kidnapped korgis and stole their powers. The escaped korgis helped found their community that endures today, but the evil princes are still out there, in ano Just when we thought things were going well, that the big bad had been stopped, that little shard of glass leads the way toward an even bigger mystery and an even worse power out there that our little heroes must try to stop. After some fun asking around the hollow, Ivy and Sprout end up with Wart, being told a story of two evil princes who kidnapped korgis and stole their powers. The escaped korgis helped found their community that endures today, but the evil princes are still out there, in another form. I loved the backstory, the introduction of new characters, and the world really growing. The art and storytellng, frame by frame, is wonderfully done. It's cute and funny and scary and dramatic all at once. Definitely still a fun little series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Man, I thought the first two were good, and then I read this one! The plot just got so much more interesting! The suspense until the next one is published might just kill me! Ah! Also, I just love all the visual sight gags - my favorite being the poor character who lost his eyeball in the first book, and has been the "post script" of each of the three books in an adventure to try to recapture his rolling, escaping eyeball. This one gave excellent back story that showed how all of the characters Man, I thought the first two were good, and then I read this one! The plot just got so much more interesting! The suspense until the next one is published might just kill me! Ah! Also, I just love all the visual sight gags - my favorite being the poor character who lost his eyeball in the first book, and has been the "post script" of each of the three books in an adventure to try to recapture his rolling, escaping eyeball. This one gave excellent back story that showed how all of the characters came to be and really set up the plot for the next installment. This one ended with such a twist!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    Third installment of the Korgi series, and here we get some of the history of the Korgi and their relationship with the Mollies, as well as of the ruins of the castle on the cliff. Plus, more of Wart! I like this series far more than I ever thought I would, and I'll be excited to see the next volume out, whenever that happens. :) Third installment of the Korgi series, and here we get some of the history of the Korgi and their relationship with the Mollies, as well as of the ruins of the castle on the cliff. Plus, more of Wart! I like this series far more than I ever thought I would, and I'll be excited to see the next volume out, whenever that happens. :)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This next volume starts where volume two left off, with the discovery of the castle image. Ivy and Sprout wish to unravel its mystery. In her search she meets the librarian, who is the narrator, and he tells them a fairy tale; which makes this a fairy tale within a fairy tale. For this part the art style changes into a more cartoony look.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hollis Sev

    This book has fun, detailed, and creative drawings that tell a story that is very adventurous. It includes Korgi Hollow, with a lot of corgis running about every which way. Ivy,a mollie that can fly, and Sprout, the fire-breathing corgi, are the main characters of this book. Lump, the alligator who lives by Korgi Hollow and he helps the Mollies and Corgis from intruders and enemies.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    seems like forever since korgi 2. worth the wait. great book, even thoughi'm a samoyed/husky fan i have a place inmy heart for corgis they are beautiful, intelligent animals! Christian Slade does them well. being wordless, the really young can "read" this seems like forever since korgi 2. worth the wait. great book, even thoughi'm a samoyed/husky fan i have a place inmy heart for corgis they are beautiful, intelligent animals! Christian Slade does them well. being wordless, the really young can "read" this

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Although each volume of Korgi can be enjoyed as a stand alone story, its clear that they are all connected chapters of a larger story. Here we get some back story for the world of Korgi, as always with lovely artwork. Can't wait to see where we go from here. I need more Korgi in my life. Although each volume of Korgi can be enjoyed as a stand alone story, its clear that they are all connected chapters of a larger story. Here we get some back story for the world of Korgi, as always with lovely artwork. Can't wait to see where we go from here. I need more Korgi in my life.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Gee

    Both my daughter and I love this graphic novel. The lack of text allowed my kid to narrate the story herself, which offered a chance for new details in every read. I would love to see a 4th book someday.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda Rose

    I was introduced to this series by another fan with the intend of sharing them with my English classes. The students sadly didn't enjoy them as much as I did. Nevertheless, the series is absolutely brilliant and I would recommend them to anyone who loves fantasy, Korgis or good storytelling. I was introduced to this series by another fan with the intend of sharing them with my English classes. The students sadly didn't enjoy them as much as I did. Nevertheless, the series is absolutely brilliant and I would recommend them to anyone who loves fantasy, Korgis or good storytelling.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Matej

    This is a beautifully drawn cute story that is fun and imaginative and should be experienced by old and young alike. My only complaint is that it is too short and that this is the last volume of this book series.

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