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Review: Jellaby: The Lost Monster

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Jellaby: The Lost Monster By Kean Soo Capstone; $12.95 Cartoonist Kean Soo’s big, purple, vaguely quotation mark-shaped monster returns in a new edition of the 2008 graphic novel, ready and waiting for new grade-schoolers to discover him—along with any older readers who might have missed the book the first time around. Soo’s Jellaby began life [...]

Links: More Jellaby, more Wimpy Kid

Brigid Alverson
Wimpy Kid Hard Luck

Abrams has revealed the cover of the latest Wimpy Kid book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck. It’s going to be a sort of electric green. Hit the link to see a very short trailer and download your own Wimpy Kid computer wallpaper. This is the eighth book in the series, for those who [...]

Booth Browsing at BEA 2013

Esther Keller
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Dragging bags and bags of “goodies–” I mean books– around the Javits Center all day (in the first heat wave of the season no less!), probably means I’ll wake up with a charlie horse in the morning. I walked around the convention hall, concentrating on children’s book publishers, hoping to notice some sort of trend [...]

Review: Superman Adventures

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Superman Adventures: Men of Steel By Paul Dini, Rick Burchett and Terry Austin Superman Adventures: Distant Thunder By Scott McCloud, Rick Burchett and Terry Austin Captson/Stone Arch; $15.95   In looking for DC back issues to mine for hardcover reprints, Capstone stuck a particularly rich vein in Superman Adventures, the 1996-2002 series based on the  [...]

Review: Obama: The Historic Election of America’s 44th President

Brigid Alverson
Obama

This slick biography of President Barack Obama is more inspirational than informational, presenting a smoothed-out view of his rise to the Oval Office. Obama: The Historic Election of America’s 44th President By Agnieszka Biskup Illustrated by Seitu Hayden Capstone Press Let me start by saying that this is a biographical graphic novel that is clearly [...]

Review: DC Super Friends

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Among the latest offerings from Capstone’s fruitful relationship with DC Comics are a line of hardcovers reprinting some of the latter’s kid-friendly comics. Not collections of groups of comics, but single-issue reprints, differentiated from the original comics only by their hard, sturdy covers and spines—actual comic books never seem to last long in libraries, no [...]

Common Core Comics

Esther Keller
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It’s hard to believe that November is knocking on the door and the school year is well underway.  (If it wasn’t for Hurricane Sandy, I’d be thinking about elections, Thanksgiving, and yes… the Winter Holidays!) Of course, what my thoughts are constantly busy with are the buzzwords “Common Core” that are being chirped up and [...]

Review: Graphic Spin: Rudyard Kipling Stories

Esther Keller
how the camel

I admit, I never read Kipling’s Just So Stories, but as soon as I read the first page of How the Leopard Got His Spots, I put down the comic and went Online to find a full text version. (Thank you Project Gutenberg.) And my instincts were correct… making me like these adaptations even more.

Review: Tall

Esther Keller
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We all grew up on stories of Paul Bunyan and Johnny Appleseed.  This anthology brings together four fabulous comic renderings of some well-known stories, told by some better known artists and authors and some who are up and coming.

Review: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Esther Keller
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This retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is one of the 4 titles in the Graphic Revolve: Arabian Nights series put out by Stone Arch (an imprint of Capstone), aimed at young readers, reluctant readers, and ESL students.