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Preview: Primates

Brigid Alverson
Primates_13

We love Jim Ottaviani’s science graphic novels here at Good Comics for Kids, and his latest one is a real treat. Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas, illustrated by Maris Wicks, is a delightful book that distills the story of the three women who went out and studied primates [...]

Preview: Odd Duck, by Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon

Brigid Alverson
Odd Duck cover

We have a treat for you today: A preview of Odd Duck, written by Cecil Castellucci and illustrated by Sara Varon, out this month from First Second. Castellucci is well known for her young adult work, which includes the Minx graphic novel The Plain Janes (illustrated by Jim Rugg) and the hybrid graphic novel The [...]

Preview: Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

Brigid Alverson
NCPGW-cover

High school is all about tribes, so the story of Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, the new graphic novel out this week from writer Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks (published by the inimitable First Second), will ring true to a lot of readers: It pits the robotics team against the cheerleaders. Life is never [...]

YALSA Hub Challenge: Friends with Boys

Robin Brenner
FriendswithBoys

Our fifth title from the YALSA Hub Reading Challenge is Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks.  Friends with Boys was highlighted as a Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten title for 2013 . As a quick refresher, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection list showcases titles “recommended for those ages 12-18, meet [...]

Review: Olympian: Poseidon: Earth Shaker

Lori Henderson
Olympians Poseidon

Poseidon, the mysterious and unpredictable King of the Seas, is the subject of the newest volume of George O’Connor’s Olympians. In his own words, Poseidon tells his tale of how he came to rule the seas, his role in the founding of Athens, and stories of his sons. But like his watery domain, Poseidon does [...]

Three Graphic Novels Take Cybils Awards

Brigid Alverson
a trip to the bottom of the world

The winners of the Cybils (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards—should’t that be the CYABLAs?) were announced last week, and although there are only two graphic novel categories, three graphic novels took the honors. The award-winners are… A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse, by Frank Viva (Toon Books) This was [...]

Interview: Jane Yolen on Curses: Foiled Again

Brigid Alverson
Jane.Yolen

Teenager Aliera Carstairs has a pretty good head on her shoulders. She doesn’t have much patience for angst or drama; she describes herself as “A smart, lonely girl with a singular talent for swordplay.” By swordplay, she means fencing, which she is serious about and which forms the motif for both Yolen’s first book, Foiled, [...]

Interview: Ben Hatke on Legends of Zita the Spacegirl

Eva Volin
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl

I’m not going to spend a lot of time introducing you to Ben Hatke. You’re a smart reader and I know you’ve been paying attention, so I don’t need to tell you about how he played a part in the Flight anthologies, or about the enthusiastic response he got for the first book in the [...]

Links: Smile!

Katherine Dacey

Raina Telgemeier’s Smile was the top-selling comic on this week’s New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller list. That feat would be impressive under any circumstances, but Telgemeier’s book was released in February 2010 — over two years ago! TCAF organizer Christopher Butcher explains what this week’s chart reveals about the state of the comics industry. [...]

Roundtable: Celebrating the Fourth

Brigid Alverson
Constitution

Independence Day is an excuse for fireworks and barbecues, but it’s also a good opportunity to think about how our nation was formed and evolved. With that in mind, the Good Comics for Kids bloggers decided to have a conversation about our favorite graphic novels about American history—and there’s a surprisingly strong selection to choose [...]