Those readers familiar with Toon Bok’s comics for emergent readers will be pleasantly surprised by their latest release. Geared to a slightly older and literary audience, this latest release is a masterpiece.
The Clockwork Girl, a fantasy-adventure for middle school readers, originally ran as a six-issue comic. Arcana Studios collected those issues into a single volume in 2008, which is now being reprinted through HarperCollins. As its publishing history suggests, The Clockwork Girl continues to find new audiences among readers looking for a fanciful yet heartwarming tale. [...]
Sometimes, I feel like my students are slow to catch onto fads. The Witch & Wizard series by James Patterson has been around for some time in novel form, but it’s only this year that the series has become a hot – something everyone wants to check out. So the addition of two graphic novel series to this franchise will only excite already devoted readers.
The comic strip “Garfield” first appeared in newspapers back in 1978, but the fat, sarcastic orange-and-black-striped cat has remained popular up through today. Kids and adults alike cannot seem to get enough of him. He has appeared in books, on TV and even had a couple of movies! His latest TV incarnation has become the [...]
If you listen to the talk amongst YA librarians, they’ll tell you that the Twilight phenomenon has passed. And for the most part it has. So it makes one wonder how well the 2nd volume of the Twilight graphic novel will do. But there is still a pocket of teens and preteens who are interested in the series.
Since its release Hereville by Barry Deutsch has received many accolades, from rave reviews to a Sydney Taylor Book Award in 2011. The book has an interesting blend of fantasy, girl power, and a window to another world. Robin Brenner and I sat down to discuss this book from our two different worlds.
Each year the American Library Association sets one week aside to celebrate the freedom to read which has become known as Banned Books Week. Librarians are often at the forefront of censorship battles. But they are not the only ones affected. Most often it is children and ordinary citizens that suffer when their freedom to read is compromised. This year, just in time for Banned Books Week, First Second Publishers released a graphic novel that grapples with these topics. Originally serialized at Saveapathea.com Americus is now a published graphic novel .