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Review: Drama

Esther Keller
drama

This afternoon, a sixth grader came into the library and spotted a poster that was drawn by Raina Telgemeir for Scholastic’s Read Every Day Lead a Better Life Campaign. “Do you have it?” she asked breathlessly? “Do you have it?”

“What?” I asked.

“My favorite book in the whole world,” she answered breathlessly. (I promise! True story!)

“Which book?”

“Smile.”

Unfortunately, all my copies were checked out. But I kept thinking if only I had done my book order already, I know she’ll fall equally in love with Drama, Telgemeier’s latest release.

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
TSall

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: Graphical Mythical Creatures

Esther Keller
GMC_Giants

With werewolves, vampires, and dragons so steeped in YA literature these days, it’s no wonder that publishers aimed at the School & Library market are jumping on the bandwagon. This series, aimed at young elementary school readers, gives you a good introduction to the topic.

Review: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Esther Keller
ali baba

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.

Review: The Secret of the Stone Frog

Esther Keller
book_NYT_cover

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.

Review: The Clockwork Girl

Esther Keller
clockwork girl

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. [...]

Review: Take What You Can Carry

Esther Keller
take_carry

Take What You Can Carry is the story of two boys. The first is Ken, a Japanese American boy. During World War II, Ken is sent to live in a relocation camp while his father is in government custody.  In order to help his mother and sister survive, Ken turns to stealing. The second is [...]

Review: Witch & Wizard

Esther Keller
WITCHWIZ_1

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.

Review: Garfield & Co. Volume 1-2

Lori Henderson
Garfield1

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 [...]