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Ghosts: A Not-So-Scary Roundup

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It’s that time of year, when we start thinking about ghosts and goblins and jack-o-lanterns and things that go bump in the night. There are plenty of comics and graphic novels with ghosts in them, but not all are scary. Here are some great reads that happen to have spirits in them. Ghosts by Raina […]

Sequel to ‘Real Friends’ Announced

Best Friends

The award-winning graphic memoir Real Friends came out last spring from First Second. Shannon Hale tells a heart-wrenching story of seeking popularity in grade school, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. It’s about the hard work of figuring out what friendship means and the loneliness of feeling on the outs. Now the sequel, Best Friends, has been […]

Review: ‘Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine’

Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine

Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine Written by Tory Woollcott, Illustrated by Alex Graudins First Second, $12.99 (paperback), $19.99 (hardcover) Ages 9-13 The Science Comics line is a wonderful marker for quality educational comics, and who better to teach about The Brain than a mad scientist? Fahama is helping her crazily determined younger […]

Review: ‘Trees: Kings of the Forest’

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Science Comics: Trees: Kings of the Forest Writer/artist: Andy Hirsch First Second; $12.99 Ask any group of little kids what they want to be when they grow up, and chances are none of them will answer that they want to be a tree. Not only would it be impossible for a human child to grow […]

Review: Secret Coders 5

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Series are always tricky because they don’t stand alone. Readers will want to catch up on the earlier volumes of Secret Coders before starting volume 5. Even though I had read all the earlier volumes, the gap in time had me pulling at my memory—although this morning I told a student I was wondering if […]

Review: ‘Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World’

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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World Writer/artist: Pénélope Bagieu First Second; $24.99 Last year, Pénélope Bagieu released California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & The Papas, a comics biography of the young woman who would grow up to become the famed singer and entertainer. This year Bagieu follows it with not one, not […]

Review: ‘Science Comics: Rockets: Defying Gravity’

Science Comics: Rockets: Defying Gravity

Science Comics: Rockets: Defying Gravity by Anne Drozd and Jerzy Drozd First Second, $12.99 Ages 9-13 The Science Comics series is generally outstanding, but this volume is one of the best. An exciting subject is made understandable though our charming hosts, a series of educated animals with connections to space exploration. The first chapter covers […]

Review: ‘One Day a Dot: The Story of You, the Universe, and Everything’

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One Day a Dot: The Story of You, the Universe, and Everything Written by Ian Lendler, illustrated by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb First Second, $17.99 Ages 4-8 Almost no subject is too much for a children’s storybook, with the right approach, and One Day a Dot is proof. It tackles the formation of the […]

Review: Be Prepared

Be Prepared

You can’t really peg Vera Brosgol to one type of book; she has such a variety of titles on her resume. While Anya’s Ghost has been a staple in my library’s graphic novel collection for a few years, her newest full-length graphic novel doesn’t fall into the same genre. Rather, librarians, booksellers, and teachers might […]

Review: ‘The Prince and The Dressmaker’

The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and The Dressmaker Writer/artist: Jen Wang First Second; $16.99 Ages 12-18 There is a point late in Jen Wang’s The Prince and The Dressmaker in which Prince Sebastian is at his absolute lowest, his worst fears having been realized, and it genuinely seems like his life as he knew it is over, like […]