The Dumbest Idea Ever By Jimmy Gownley Scholastic; $24.99 Everyone knows where comic books come from—comic book creators make them, publishers sell them and comic book stores sell them (Or libraries let you borrow them.) But where do comic book creators come from? Jimmy Gownley’s new autobiographic graphic novel The Dumbest Idea Ever explains where at [...]
Star Wars: Jedi Academy Written and drawn by Jeffrey Brown Scholastic, $12.99 Cartoonist Jeffrey Brown made a name for himself in the 2000s with a series of self-published black-and-white, highly confessional autobiographical graphic novels, like Clumsy, Unlikely and AEIOU. More recently, Brown has made many more fans with his Darth Vader & Son and Vader’s [...]
Dragging bags and bags of “goodies–” I mean books– around the Javits Center all day (in the first heat wave of the season no less!), probably means I’ll wake up with a charlie horse in the morning. I walked around the convention hall, concentrating on children’s book publishers, hoping to notice some sort of trend [...]
I was so tempted this week to go with the easy titles. BOOM! Studios is releasing an Adventure Time annual, and IDW is releasing the next issue in their My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic micro series, which features fan favorite Fluttershy. Archie Comics is concluding its Archie Meets Glee arc, and the Sonic the [...]
Our first title to discuss from the YALSA Hub Reading Challenge is Raina Telgemeier’s Drama. Drama has been singled out as one of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten for 2013, and was also selected as a Stonewall Book Award Honor book. As a refresher, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection list [...]
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.
Earlier this week, Rich Watson unveiled the 2012 Glyph Award nominees. Among the kid- and teen-friendly titles that made the cut were Princeless (Jeremy Whitley and Mia Goodwin) and Ultimate Spider-Man #1 (Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli). Now in their seventh year, the Glyph Awards honor “the best in comics made by, for, and [...]
The finalists for the Cybils—the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards—are up, and here are the nominations in the graphic novels categories: Elementary/Middle Grade Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, by Barry Deutsch Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists, by various authors Sidekicks, by Dan Santat Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick [...]