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Review: A Valentine for Charlie Brown

J. Caleb Mozzocco
valentine for charlie brown

A Valentine for Charlie Brown By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $9.99 The latest holiday-themed Peanuts gift book from Fantagraphics focuses on the least Charlie Brown-iest of the holidays: Valentine’s Day. An entire day—preceded by a short but expanding marketing season—devoted to expressions of love between couples, it’s a rather weird holiday in that it is [...]

Review: Rocket Raccoon #1-4

Lori Henderson
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Guardians of the Galaxy was the surprise movie hit of last summer, introducing fans to a new group of superheroes that included a talking raccoon and a walking tree. Marvel Comics finally did the smart thing and gave Rocket Raccoon and Groot their own series in the Marvel Cineverse continuity. They also put the book [...]

Review: Princess Ugg, vol. 1

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Princess Ugg Vol. 1 Written and drawn by Ted Naifeh Oni Press, $15.99 Ted Naifeh, the cartoonist creator of the charming Courtney Crumrin comics, has returned with a new heroine who has little in common with her noseless, sharp-featured, black-and-white forebearer. Her name is Princess Ulga—”Ugg” is a derisive nickname her peers at Princess School [...]

Review: Super Heroes: My First Dictionary

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Super Heroes: My First Dictionary Written by Michael Robin Illustrated by Various Downtown Bookworks; $15.99 Ages 3 and up The title and cover say it all: This is a first dictionary, offering short, simple definitions for more than 500 words, all organized around the theme of superheroes; the DC Comics-owned superheroes, to be exact. Sometimes [...]

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Tiger and Bunny, vols. 1 and 2

Lori Henderson
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Superpowered humans known as Next appeared in the world 45 years ago. Today, some of them fight crime in the city of Stern Bild while promoting their corporate sponsors on the hit show HERO TV—but not all Next use their powers for good. Veteran hero Wild Tiger has years of fighting experience but has been [...]

Review: Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue

Esther Keller
stinky cecil

Though it certainly exists, finding a comic that connects to the sciences and contains a funny and engaging story for elementary age students isn’t all that easy. But AMP Kids’ latest original graphic novel will certainly have multiple links to the science curriculum and continue to entertain readers all the way through. Stinky Cecil in [...]

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Vinland Saga Volume 1

Lori Henderson
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Thorfinn is a teenage boy and a member of a mercenary crew of Vikings that raid towns in France and England and return to their home base in Denmark. But Thorfinn isn’t interested in battle or treasure. As a boy he dreamed of sailing on a long ship and becoming a Viking warrior. Now he [...]

Review: Orphan Blade

J. Caleb Mozzocco
orphan blade

Orphan Blade Written by M. Nicholas Almand Drawn by Jake Myler Oni Press; $19.99 This is a somewhat difficult book to discuss, as a fact regarding its creation, once known, hovers over it and colors one’s reading of it (if you don’t know it going in, however, you won’t find out until the first of [...]

Review: NNewts

Esther Keller
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Doug TenNapel does it again: With a mix of creepy, bizarre, and endearing, another book series comes to life. Young readers will be transported to a world of amphibians, magic, and adventure. Nnewts: Book One. Escape From the Lizzarks By Doug TenNapel Scholastic, 192 pp. January 2015. ISBN 978-0-545-67647-2 hc $19.99, 978-0-545-67646-5 pbk $10.99 Recommended [...]

Review: Tao the Little Samurai, vols. 1 and 2

Brigid Alverson
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Tao the Little Samurai #1: Pranks and Attacks! Tao the Little Samurai #2: Ninjas and Knock Outs! Written by Laurent Richard, illustrated by Nicolas Ryser Lerner Graphic Universe, 2014 Gr. 2-5 Tao the Little Samurai is your basic mischievous schoolboy story with a martial arts setting. It’s a charming, very well drawn, sort of funny [...]