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Review: The Little Prince


I have a confession to make.  Until this week, I had never read the Little Prince.  I know it seems sacrilege for a librarian to admit she never read a classic, but the title never interested me as a child and as an adult I could never be bothered. Until I agreed to review the adapted graphic novel version.  After reading the first few pages, I knew I had to go back to the original to review this title with justice.

Review: Guinea Pig: Pet Shop Private Eye, No. 4: Fish You Were Here


When the kind but chronically confused Mr. Venezi places a help wanted ad in the paper, the animals at Venezi’s Pet & Supply begin to fret: one candidate smells like soup, while another refuses to work with cute critters. The pets are relieved when Mr. Venezi hires Viola, a smart, stylish ninth grader who seems […]

Preview: Archie goes superhero


Archie turns superhero in the latest issue of Archie and Friends Double Digest #7, in a classic Pureheart the Powerful story that first ran in 1965. That was back in the Silver Age, and everyone was getting on the superhero bandwagon—the Batman television show may be the most famous example of superhero camp, but Archie […]

All ages comics and manga for 7/13/11

War of the Worlds

It’s sci-fi and fantasy on the list this week. Boom! Studios continues its parody of Star Wars with the second issue of Space Warped. DC Comics has Batman in space, helping out Hawkman in the new issue of All-new Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Papercutz has another Disney Fairies volume, and Marvel Comics features […]

Interview: Jim Zubkavich

On Sunday, May 8th, while attending the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, I ran around to as many of my favorite kids comics creators as I could and asked them all the exact same questions.  Keep in mind, conventions are crazy loud and crazy busy, so there is a lot of background noise.  Let me know […]

Review: Catching Up with Toon Books–New Titles!

Silly Lilly in What Will I Be Today

Toon Books, the critically acclaimed and award-winning publisher of comics for early readers, has certainly made a splash since Kate and I first looked at their work two years ago. Their 2011 works are a mix of old friends–a new Silly Lilly book, a Patrick story from Geoffrey Hayes, and a Hilary Knight graphic novel–and […]

Review: Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

Bad Island Created, Written, and Drawn by Doug TenNapel Scholastic Books/Graphix Imprint, August 2011 Ages 10+, Grades 5+ August 2011, 220 pages ISBN 978-0-545-31480-0 (softcover) $10.99 ISBN 978-0-545-31479-4 (hardcover) $24.99 A family vacation on a boat turns into an adventure like no other as the castaways have to work together to get off the strangest […]

Review: Sidekicks


What do pets do when their masters are at work? If you belong to Captain Amazing, defender of Metro City, the answer is watch your owner fight crime on the six o’clock news. Tired of being ignored by Captain Amazing, his pets — Roscoe the dog, Fluffy the hamster, Shifty the gecko, and Manny the […]

Preview: Space Warped #2


Time for another weekend preview! Here’s a sneak peek at the second issue of Space Warped, a Star Wars parody that was originally published in France and is being brought over here by kaboom!, the all-ages imprint of BOOM! Studios. Enjoy!

All ages comics and manga for 7/6/11


July is starting out with a nice selection of titles. Dark Horse returns to print a series from the early days of manga, Magical Knight Reyearth, and sets its age rating on the upper end of the scale. But Tweens should enjoy it. Looney Tunes hits a milestone, reaching the 200 mark. Marvel Comics continues […]