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Review: ‘One Trick Pony’

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One Trick Pony Writer/artist: Nathan Hale Abrams Books; $14.95 In his book series Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, cartoonist Nathan Hale presents thrilling adventure stories culled from American history. In his original graphic novel One Trick Pony, Hale looks to the far-flung future and finds a thrilling adventure there. The fast-moving sci-fi epic is set so […]

Interview: Cecil Castellucci on ‘Soupy Leaves Home’

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Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta’s Soupy Leaves Home, set during the Depression, is a story about a girl who walks away from an abusive home, disguises herself as a boy, and rides the rails as a hobo. Her companion and protector is Ramshackle, a much older man whose imagination and open-heartedness help her heal and […]

Interview: Joey Weiser Talks ‘Mermin’

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Joey Weiser’s Mermin started out as, literally, a “fish out of water” story: A strange sea creature washes up on a beach, a boy takes him home, and we get to watch Mermin—the mer-man from Mer—cause general chaos at his new friend Pete’s home and school. But from the very beginning there are hints of […]

Review: Snow White

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I’ve always had a soft spot for retold or fractured fairy tales. I marvel at the ingenuity of an author to take an existing story, keep it recognizable, and give it a unique spin. There’s a long history of fractured fairy tales from Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted to Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Just Ella. And […]

Review and Preview: ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir’

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir Writers: Dean DeBlois and Richard Hamilton Artist: Doug Wheatley Colorist: Wes Dzioba Cover artist: Pierre-Olivier Vincent Dark Horse, $10.99 Age 10 up. A preview of the graphic novel follows this review. Whenever I review a book that’s connected to a movie or other media property, the first […]

Review: ‘Olympians, vol. 9: Artemis’

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It feels like yesterday that I was hearing about a new graphic novel series featuring the Greek gods in comic form, and now we’re up to number nine in a planned series of 12. And still it doesn’t disappoint! I admit, I’ve been negligent with this series and have missed a couple of titles—I keep […]

New York Times to Eliminate Graphic Novels Best Seller List

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Thursday’s news of the shrinking of the New York Times graphic novel best seller lists was quickly eclipsed by other events in the news. So, in case you missed it, New York Times Book Review editor, Pamela Paul, announced that a number of the New York Times best seller lists will be discontinued. Among the […]

Review: ‘Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman’

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Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman Written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason Art by Patrick Gleason, Doug Mahnke, Jorge Jimenez and others DC Comics; $16.99 Rated T for Teen The now twice-monthly Superman title is maybe the all-around best book of DC Comics’ 2016 “Rebirth”-branded relaunch initiative, in which they renumbered all their […]

What to Read After You’ve Read ‘March’

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Rep. John Lewis’s graphic memoir March is the book of the day—literally, on Martin Luther King day, but also figuratively, as president-elect Donald Trump’s disparaging Tweet about Lewis brought new attention to the book; reportedly, sales skyrocketed. I’ve said it before: March is an important book. But if you’re a Good Comics for Kids reader, […]

Review: Four ‘Far Out Fairy Tales’

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Hansel & Gretel & Zombies, by Benjamin Harper and Fern Cano Goldilocks and the Three Vampires, by Laurie S. Sutton and C.S. Jennings Jak and the Magic Nano-Beans, by Carl Bowen and Omar Lozano Sleeping Beauty, Magic Master, by Stephanie True Peters and Alex Lopez Capstone, Grades 3 up The notion that any story is […]