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Common Core Comics

Esther Keller
obama2

It’s hard to believe that November is knocking on the door and the school year is well underway.  (If it wasn’t for Hurricane Sandy, I’d be thinking about elections, Thanksgiving, and yes… the Winter Holidays!) Of course, what my thoughts are constantly busy with are the buzzwords “Common Core” that are being chirped up and [...]

Review: Hereville 2

Esther Keller
hereville2

Readers who missed the first volume of Hereville should run out and find a copy, but even so, it won’t be a problem picking up this sequel and jumping right into Mirka’s latest adventure.  This volume gives readers enough background knowledge of the first story so that they don’t feel lost, and it will make [...]

Review: Drama

Esther Keller
drama

This afternoon, a sixth grader came into the library and spotted a poster that was drawn by Raina Telgemeir for Scholastic’s Read Every Day Lead a Better Life Campaign. “Do you have it?” she asked breathlessly? “Do you have it?”

“What?” I asked.

“My favorite book in the whole world,” she answered breathlessly. (I promise! True story!)

“Which book?”

“Smile.”

Unfortunately, all my copies were checked out. But I kept thinking if only I had done my book order already, I know she’ll fall equally in love with Drama, Telgemeier’s latest release.

Review: Graphic Spin: Rudyard Kipling Stories

Esther Keller
how the camel

I admit, I never read Kipling’s Just So Stories, but as soon as I read the first page of How the Leopard Got His Spots, I put down the comic and went Online to find a full text version. (Thank you Project Gutenberg.) And my instincts were correct… making me like these adaptations even more.

Review: Tall

Esther Keller
TSall

We all grew up on stories of Paul Bunyan and Johnny Appleseed.  This anthology brings together four fabulous comic renderings of some well-known stories, told by some better known artists and authors and some who are up and coming.

Review: Graphical Mythical Creatures

Esther Keller
GMC_Giants

With werewolves, vampires, and dragons so steeped in YA literature these days, it’s no wonder that publishers aimed at the School & Library market are jumping on the bandwagon. This series, aimed at young elementary school readers, gives you a good introduction to the topic.

Review: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Esther Keller
ali baba

This retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is one of the 4 titles in the Graphic Revolve: Arabian Nights series put out by Stone Arch (an imprint of Capstone), aimed at young readers, reluctant readers, and ESL students.

Review: The Secret of the Stone Frog

Esther Keller
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Those readers familiar with Toon Bok’s comics for emergent readers will be pleasantly surprised by their latest release. Geared to a slightly older and literary audience, this latest release is a masterpiece.

Review: The Clockwork Girl

Esther Keller
clockwork girl

The Clockwork Girl, a fantasy-adventure for middle school readers, originally ran as a six-issue comic. Arcana Studios collected those issues into a single volume in 2008, which is now being reprinted through HarperCollins. As its publishing history suggests, The Clockwork Girl continues to find new audiences among readers looking for a fanciful yet heartwarming tale. [...]

Review: Take What You Can Carry

Esther Keller
take_carry

Take What You Can Carry is the story of two boys. The first is Ken, a Japanese American boy. During World War II, Ken is sent to live in a relocation camp while his father is in government custody.  In order to help his mother and sister survive, Ken turns to stealing. The second is [...]