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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 […]

Review: ‘Tetris’

Tetris: The Games People Play Writer/artist: Box Brown First Second; $19.99 In this follow-up to his winning 2014 biography, Andre The Giant: Life and Legend, cartoonist Box Brown tackles another great subject, and another one that everyone knows of, but relatively few actually know the story of: Tetris, the surprisingly simple, surprisingly addictive video game. […]

Quick Reviews: Bro-Bots, Big Nate, and More!

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The holidays are right around the corner, so here’s a handful of quick takes on some kids’ graphic novels that would make great gifts—or excellent additions to any library. Brief Histories of Everyday Objects, by Andy Warner Picador, $20 Ages 10 Up This is my favorite book right now, and when my nieces and nephew […]