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Review: ‘Science Comics: Rockets: Defying Gravity’

Science Comics: Rockets: Defying Gravity

Science Comics: Rockets: Defying Gravity by Anne Drozd and Jerzy Drozd First Second, $12.99 Ages 9-13 The Science Comics series is generally outstanding, but this volume is one of the best. An exciting subject is made understandable though our charming hosts, a series of educated animals with connections to space exploration. The first chapter covers […]

Review: Fruit Ninjas

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When I took out my review copy and started to leaf through this book, my colleague called out to me “That’s a great game!” I’m not much of a gamer, nor are my kids, so I hadn’t heard of it, nor did I know it’s in production for a movie. I already knew that this […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Pandora’s Legacy’

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We’ve got something special to finish out the week: We’re debuting the preview of the graphic novel Pandora’s Legacy, by writer Kara Leopard and artist Kelly Nicole Matthews. It’s an update of the legend of Pandora’s Box, with modern-day kids who are the descendants of the original Pandora on a quest to recapture the monsters […]

Review: ‘The Family Trade’

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The Family Trade Written by Justin Jordan & Nikki Ryan, illustrated by Morgan Beem Image Comics, $16.99 Rated T for Teens A fairly standard story about a teen assassin working to save her fantasy world is distinctive only due to its art and coloring. The Free Republic of Thessala, aka the Float, is an independent […]

Review: ‘Wild Ocean’

Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays, and Other Endangered Sea Creatures

Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays, and Other Endangered Sea Creatures Edited by Matt Dembicki Fulcrum Publishing, $19.95 Age Range: 12 and up This anthology was produced with PangeaSeed, an ocean conservation organization, so it’s got an obvious message—”to showcase 12 iconic endangered ocean animals” in order to encourage changes in human behavior when it comes […]

Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland’s ‘Spill Zone’ Wins EGL Book of the Year Award

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Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland’s Spill Zone, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham’s Real Friends, and Melanie Gillman’s As the Crow Flies were among the winning graphic novels in this inaugural Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards, which were presented Saturday evening at Denver Comic Con. The awards were created and administered by Pop Culture Classroom, the […]

Review: ‘Action Presidents’

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Action Presidents #1: George Washington! Action Presidents #2: Abraham Lincoln! Written by Fred Van Lente, illustrated by Ryan Dunlavey HarperCollins, $9.99 each Ages 8-12 The team behind Action Philosophers! have returned with an entertaining look at key men and events in American history, beginning with the two most famous Presidents. The attitude behind the series […]

DC Reveals Covers, More Details on DC Zoom and DC Ink Graphic Novels

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Just ahead of the American Library Association annual meeting, DC has revealed more details on its upcoming line of DC Zoom graphic novels for middle-grade readers and DC Ink graphic novels for young adults. DC Zoom will launch in April 2019. Here’s the lineup: Super Sons: The Polarshield Project, written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated […]

Review: ‘Jim McClain’s Solution Squad’

Jim McClain's Solution Squad

Jim McClain’s Solution Squad Written by Jim McClain, art by various Solution Squad LLC, $19.99 For grades 4-6 Jim McClain, a middle school math teacher, loves comics, so he made his own super-team to teach mathematical concepts. The first comic story introduces the team members: La Calculadora – fast computation and team leader Absolutia – […]

Exclusive: BOOM! Studios Announces ‘The Great Wiz and the Ruckus’

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We’re breaking some great graphic novel news this morning: BOOM! Studios will publish the original graphic novel The Great Wiz and the Ruckus by animator Joey McCormick, with colors by Whitney Cogar, under their KaBOOM! imprint in February 2019. Get a load of that cover! Here’s what the story is about: Red, a blind Wiz […]