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Review: ‘Satoko and Nada’ Volume 1

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Two young women, one Japanese and the other Muslim, room together and learn about each other’s culture.

Review: ‘Astra Lost in Space,’ vols. 1-5

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Complete in five volumes, ‘Astra Lost in Space’ is a fun space adventure story with plenty of surprises.

Guest Review: ‘The Scarlet Letter’

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Guest reviewer Erica Friedman thinks Manga Classics improved on Hawthorne’s original version of the Scarlet Letter by making one character a bit more relatable.

Review: Disney Manga Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

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A Disney Manga faithfully captures the major beats of Tim Burton’s holiday movie.

Review: ‘Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet’

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Today I’m happy to present a guest review by manga expert Erica Friedman, who holds an MLS from Rutgers University and writes about and reviews manga on Okazu. Romeo and Juliet Written by William Shakespeare, Adapted by Crystal S. Chan, Illustrated by Julien Choy Manga Classics Grades 9-11 “Shakespeare has to be seen to be […]

Review: ‘Hey, Kiddo’

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One of my favorite questions that I get from my students, aside from “Did you read every book in this library?” is “What’s your favorite book?” It’s a hard question to answer, because it does change from book to book. And I tell them that. But I do tell them that there are only a […]

Review: ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba’ Vol. 1

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Koyoharu Gotouge Viz Media; $9.99 Rated T for Teen Poor, kind, helpful, and hard-working Tanjiro Kamado seems like such a nice guy with such a charmed life that it becomes clear something bad is going to happen to him and his loving family within the first few […]

Kurt Hassler on Manga and Light Novels

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Here’s the second half of my interview with Yen Press managing director and publisher Kurt Hassler. The interview was originally done for the SLJ article the SLJ article It’s a Novel! It’s a Comic! It’s—Both? In this half, we talk about light novels, which are prose novels that have a lot in common with manga […]

Review: ‘Teasing Master Takagi-san’ Vol.1

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Teasing Master Takagi-san, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Soichiro Yamamoto Yen Press; $13 Rate T for Teen The single joke of Teasing Master Takagi-san, which gets repeated in a different way in each of the nine stories in this first collection, doubles as its premise: Excitable middle-schooler Nishikata sits next to Takagi in just about every class, […]

Living the Tiny Life: ‘Hakumei & Mikochi’ Vol. 1

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Hakumei & Mikochi: Tiny Little Life in the Woods Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Takuto Kashiki Yen Press; $15 Rated T for Teen There’s a fundamental tension between the fantastic and the mundane that serves as a sort of engagement engine for Takuto Kashiki’s Hakumei & Mikochi. The title characters themselves belong to some unspecified species of […]