Scholastic celebrated the 10th anniversary of its graphic novel imprint Graphix last week with a raft of announcements that should make fans of their existing books happy: New titles from Raina Telgemeier, Kazu Kibuishi, and Mike Maihack, plus the news that they have added not only Craig Thompson (Blankets) but also the brother-sister team of [...]
Doug TenNapel does it again: With a mix of creepy, bizarre, and endearing, another book series comes to life. Young readers will be transported to a world of amphibians, magic, and adventure. Nnewts: Book One. Escape From the Lizzarks By Doug TenNapel Scholastic, 192 pp. January 2015. ISBN 978-0-545-67647-2 hc $19.99, 978-0-545-67646-5 pbk $10.99 Recommended [...]
Enjoy both brains and brawn with this week’s new releases. Dial Books has the next volume of their Ordinary People Change the World series with I Am Albert Einstein. IDW Publishing releases the second volume of their new Samurai Jack series, as well as a new series based on the video game and toy franchise [...]
Sixth and seventh grade students are always asking me for another book by Raina Telgemeier. They want the “next one,” not realizing that with the exception of her Babysitter Club adaptations, her books are stand-alones. They also don’t realize that it takes an awfully long time to write and draw a full length-graphic novel! But [...]
Scholastic has announced that in February 2015 they will release a special edition of Jeff Smith’s Bone #1: Out From Boneville to kick off the celebration of their 10th anniversary of their Graphix imprint. Established in 2005, Graphix, Scholastic’s graphic novel imprint, launched with the colorized version of Jeff Smith’s Bone series. Bone, according to [...]
It’s Free Comic Book Day this weekend, and publishers have made sure there are plenty of titles to check out! Boom! Studios has not one but two specials with the 2014 Annual for Adventure Time, and Garfield Pet Force. IDW Publishing debuts their first issue of Dexter’s Laboratory, a new My Little Pony Friendship is [...]
Cardboard By Doug TenNapel Scholastic Books/Graphix Imprint, August 2012 978-0-545-41873-7, softcover; 978-0-545-41872-0, hardcover You’ve always known for years that the best toy you ever had wasn’t a Transformer, Strawberry Shortcake, or Star Wars action figure (though they are cool). The best toy you ever had was that big cardboard box your parents got from a [...]
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!)
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.
Bad Island Created, Written, and Drawn by Doug TenNapel Scholastic Books/Graphix Imprint, August 2011 Ages 10+, Grades 5+ August 2011, 220 pages ISBN 978-0-545-31480-0 (softcover) $10.99 ISBN 978-0-545-31479-4 (hardcover) $24.99 A family vacation on a boat turns into an adventure like no other as the castaways have to work together to get off the strangest [...]
Once you know something, things can never go back to what they were like before. That’s how it is for Rue. She’s always known that she sees things differently, but she never knew why. But now she knows that her mother is a fairy. That her father won her mother from Rue’s grandfather. He won her on one condition, that he remains faithful.