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Review of the Day: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

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The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza By James Kochalka First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1626721036 Ages 7-11 On shelves now James Kochalka has always had a penchant for the outright silly. If nothing else his Johnny Boo series of books have said as much. He’s not afraid to go for the [...]

Review of the Day: Space Mountain by Bryan Q. Miller

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Space Mountain: A Graphic Novel By Bryan Q. Miller Pencils and Inks by Kelley Jones Letters by Rob Leigh Colors by Brian & Kristy Miller Disney Press (an imprint of Disney Book Group) $12.99 ISBN: 978-1423162292 Ages 9-12 On shelves May 6th It sounds at first like a bit of a joke. You take a [...]

Review of the Day: The Silver Six by AJ Lieberman

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The Silver Six By A.J. Lieberman Illustrated by Darren Rawlings Graphix (an imprint of Scholastic) $22.99 ISBN: 978-0-545-37097-4 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Ambition. It’s not a term I usually associate with children’s graphic novels. Your average everyday children’s comic is not particularly ambitious. There are so few of them out there that you can’t [...]

Review of the Day: Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell

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Monster On the Hill By Rob Harrell Top Shelf Productions $16.28 ISBN: 978-1-603090759 Ages 8-12 On shelves now See, people? *shakes book in the air* How hard is this, really? I stand beside thousands of children’s librarians who have, for years now, been in a bit of a pickle with the kiddos when it comes [...]

Review of the Day: Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt

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Jane the Fox and Me By Fanny Britt Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault Translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou Groundwood Books ISBN: 978-1-55498-360-5 $19.95 Ages 9-12 On shelves September 1st Isn’t it strange how few children’s graphic novels are published in a given year? This is one of those phenomena that defy the basic tenets [...]

Review of the Day – Ariol: Just a Donkey Like You and Me by Emmanuel Guibert

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Ariol: Just a Donkey Like You and Me By Emmanuel Guibert Illustrated by Marc Boutavant Translated by Joe Johnson Papercutz $12.99 ISBN: 978-1-59707-399-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. The French are different from you and me. They have better comics for their kids. Sure, America’s been doing passably well in the last few years, but [...]

Review of the Day: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales (One Dead Spy & Big Bad Ironclad) by Nathan Hale

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Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad! By Nathan Hale Amulet (an imprint of Abrams) $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-419700396-6 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0395-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now If you should find that you share your name with a Revolutionary War Hero you have various ways of making use of that [...]

Review of the Day: Little White Duck by Na Liu

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Little White Duck: A Childhood in China By Na Liu Illustrated by Andres Vera Martinez ISBN: 9780761365877 Graphic Universe (an imprint of Lerner) $29.27 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. It’s funny to think about, but the fact of the matter is that we’re still in the early days of the graphic novel memoir for children. [...]

Review of the Day: The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra

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The Secret of the Stone Frog By David Nytra TOON Books (an imprint of Candlewick Press) $14.95 ISBN: 978-10935179-18-4 Ages 7-12 On shelves September 11, 2012 It’s the old if-a-tree-falls-in-the-woods quandary reinvented for the comic book age: If a graphic novel for children references a century old comic predecessor, does it matter if no one [...]

Review of the Day: Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre

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Giants Beware! By Jorge Aguirre Art by Rafael Rosado Color by John Novak and Matthew Schenk First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook) $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-582-7 Ages 9-12 On shelves April 10th It shouldn’t be this hard. I know why it is hard. I acknowledge that I could never do it myself. I submit to [...]

Review of the Day: Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian by Michael Rex

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Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian By Michael Rex G.P. Putnam’s Sons (an imprint of Penguin) $5.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25521-2 Ages 6-10 On shelves now Michael Rex has made a career of sorts out of spoofing classic children’s books of yore. As such, Goodnight Moon becomes Goodnight Goon, Runaway Bunny is Runaway Mummy and Curious George is the [...]

Review of the Day: Big City Otto by Bill Slavin

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Big City Otto: Elephants Never Forget By Bill Slavin With Esperança Melo Kids Can Press ISBN: 978-1-55453-476-0 Ages 8-11 On shelves now Boy, The Man With the Yellow Hat just lost all credibility, didn’t he? Time was that Curious George snatcher could nab the jungle beast of his choice, slap his hands together, and call [...]

Review of the Day: Nursery Rhyme Comics edited by Chris Duffy

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Nursery Rhyme Comics Edited by Chris Duffy Introduction by Leonard S. Marcus $18.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-600-8 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 11, 2011 Nursery rhymes. What’s up with that? (I feel like a stand up comedian when I put it that way). They’re ubiquitous but nonsensical. Culturally relevant but often of unknown origins. Children’s literary scholar [...]

Review of the Day: The Meaning of Life… And Other Stuff by Jimmy Gownley

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The Meaning of Life and Other Stuff By Jimmy Gownley Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-8613-3 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Sometimes it feels to me that when it comes to realistic stories about learning and growing the comic strip world for kids used to have some serious advantages over the [...]

Review of the Day: Lily Renee, Escape Artist by Trina Robbins

Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer By Trina Robbins Pencils by Anne Timmons Inks by Mo Oh Lettering by Felix Ruiz and Cayetano Garza Jr. Coloring by Studio C10 Graphic Universe (a division of Lerner) $7.95 ISBN: 978-0-7613-6010-0 Ages 9 and up On shelves November 1, 2011 I was asked [...]