It’s “First Second” week here at Good Comics for Kids… and in celebration of the young publisher’s 5th birthday, I thought I’d collect the reviews First Second titles that we’ve looked at on our blog.
The first Choose Your Own Adventure novel was published in 1976 by Vermont Crossroads Press. Though Sugarcane Island sold only 8,000 copies, author Edward Packard was convinced that interactive novels could be a big hit with proper marketing and distribution, and spent four years shopping the concept to major publishers. In 1980, he signed an [...]
Last year, Capstone Publishing launched a new line of chapter books starring DC Comics’ most famous superheroes. It was a great idea in principle — a sure-fire way to interest reluctant readers in longer, more complex narratives — but the execution was uninspired, with flat, lifeless artwork and bland stories. I’m pleased to report that [...]
Jim Zubkavich writes stories I shouldn’t like. I’m nowhere near to being his target audience. As a rule, I don’t play video games or laugh at jokes involving slapstick or bodily functions. I’m middle-aged. I’m female. I’m couth. Skullkickers, vol 1: 1000 Opas and a Dead Body Story by Jim Zubkavich; Illustrations by Edwin Huang [...]
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.
A few months ago, Snow and I discovered that we were each planning to review different titles in the Max Axiom Series. After some back and forth, we realized that we should probably team up and review the series together. Especially, since we’d both be bringing different perspectives to the review. Snow’s background is in public libraries and my background is in school libraries. While a library is a library, our mission does slightly differ.
Max axiom is a scientist who acquired some interesting super powers from a freak accident. He now uses those powers to help explain scientific ideas to a young audience. By shrinking down to size Max gives readers a view of science like students may have never seen before.