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Book Review Graphic Novels: January 2013

redstar Book Review Graphic Novels: January 2013 HALLIDAY , Ayun. Peanut. illus. by Paul Hoppe. 216p. Random/Schwartz and Wade. Jan. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86590-9; PLB $18.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96590-6.

Gr 7 Up–Worried about transferring to a new school, Sadie comes up with the idea of faking a peanut allergy. She thinks that pretending to have a life-threatening condition will draw attention to her and generate sympathy. Her predictions come true, and she makes several new friends and even attracts a boyfriend. But as time passes, Sadie finds it harder and harder to keep up with her lies, and her story begins to unravel. The girl who became best known for having a peanut allergy is heading toward a future in which she will become best known for being a liar, and she will have to deal with the backlash from people who knew her under false pretenses. Sadie is an empathetic character, and readers will relate to her nervousness about fitting in, her emotional tug-of-war with her mother, and the ups and downs of her friendships. Hoppe’s cartoon illustrations are primarily in grayscale but he also uses one color (red) to highlight Sadie’s character or objects like a flower from her boyfriend. Librarians, teachers, and parents should definitely share this book with teens looking for realistic graphic novels about schools, friendship, peer pressure, or moral choices.–-Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library


The following titles are reviewed in the January 1 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.

Elementary and Middle School

BAR-EL, Dan. That One Spooky Night. illus. by David Huyck. 80p. Kids Can. 2012. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-1-55453-751-8; pap. $8.95. ISBN 978-1-55453-752-5.

BAUM, L. Frank. The Wizard of Oz. Vol. 4. adapt. by Ben Caldwell. illus. by adapter. 128p. (All-Action Classics Series). Sterling. 2012. pap. $7.95. ISBN 978-1-4027-3153-2.

CHEN, Wei Dong., adapt. The Bane of Heaven. Bk. 2. ISBN 978-89-94208-70-1.
––––Journey to the West. Bk. 3. ISBN 978-89-94208-71-8.
ea vol: illus. by Chao Peng. 176p. (Adventures from China: Monkey King Series). JR Comics. 2012. PLB $29.27.

DÁVILA, Claudia. Luz Makes a Splash. Bk. 2. illus. by author. 96p. (The Future According to Luz Series). Kids Can. 2012. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-1-55453-762-4; pap. $8.95. ISBN 978-1-55453-769-3.

DC SUPER HEROES STORYBOOK COLLECTION. 192p. illus. HarperCollins/Harper. 2012. RTE $11.99. ISBN 978-0-06-212398-5.

DICKENS, Charles. Oliver Twist. Bk. 8. illus. by Olivier Deloye. 240p. (Classics Illustrated Deluxe Series).Papercutz. 2012. Tr $24.99. ISBN 978-1-59707-308-0; pap. $19.99. ISBN 978-1-59707-307-3.

FORSYTHE, Matthew. Jinchalo. illus. by author. 152p. Drawn & Quarterly. 2012. pap. $17.95. ISBN 978-1-77046-067-6.

GOWNLEY, Jim. Her Permanent Record. illus. by author. 144p. (Amelia Rules! Series). CIP. S & S/Atheneum.2012. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-8615-7; pap. $10.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-8614-0. LC 2011053039.

HERROD, Mike. Hiccup! illus. by author. 40p. (Balloon Toons Series). Blue Apple. 2012. RTE $10.99. ISBN 978-1-60905-255-3; pap. $4.99. ISBN 978-1-60905-269-0.

LUCIANI, Brigitte. Peace and Quiet. Bk. 4. illus. by Eve Tharlet. 32p. (Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox Series).Lerner/Graphic Universe. 2012. PLB $25.26. ISBN 978-0-7613-8520-2; pap. $6.95. ISBN 978-0-8225-9163-4; ebook $18.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-0331-4. LC 2011049904.

MCCLINTOCK, Norah. I, Witness. illus. by Mike Deas. 144p. Orca. 2012. pap. $16.95. ISBN 978-1-55469-789-2. LC 2012938210.

MACK, Stan & Susan ChamplinFight for Freedom. Vol. 2. 128p. (The Cartoon Chronicles of America). maps. notes. Bloomsbury. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-59990-014-8; pap. $10.99. ISBN 978-1-59990-835-9. LC 2011040481.

NAUJOKAITIS, Pranas T. Dinosaurs in Space. illus. by author. 40p. (Balloon Toons Series). Blue Apple. 2012.RTE $11.99. ISBN 978-1-60905-253-9.

NEEL, Julien. Down in the Dumps. Bk. 3. ISBN 978-0-7613-8779-4; ISBN 978-0-8225-9165-8; ISBN 978-1-4677-0159-4.
––––The Perfect Summer. Bk. 4. ISBN 978-0-7613-8780-0; ISBN 978-0-8225-9169-6; ISBN 978-1-4677-0160-0.
ea vol: tr. from French by Carol Klio Burrell. illus. by author. 48p. (Lou! Series). Lerner/Graphic Universe.2012. PLB $27.95; pap. $8.95; ebook $20.95. LC 2012003973.

RIORDAN, Rick. The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel. Orpheus Collar, adapt. illus. by adapter. 192p.Hyperion/Disney. 2012. Tr $21.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-5068-8; pap. $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-5069-5. LC 2012007905.

SHAPIRO, David. The Four Corners of Time. Bk. 2. illus. by Christopher Herndon. 272p. (Terra Tempo Series). Craigmore Creations. 2012. pap. $17.99. ISBN 978-0-9844422-6-3. LC 2012944924.

YOLEN, Jane. Curses! Foiled Again. illus. by Mike Cavallaro. 162p. First Second. Jan. 2013. pap. $15.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-619-0.

High School

CHWAST, Seymour, adapt. HomerThe Odyssey. illus. by adapter. 128p. Bloomsbury. 2012. RTE $20. ISBN 978-1-60819-486-5. LC 2012010047.

JABLONSKI, Carla. Victory. Bk. 3. illus. by Leland Purvis. 124p. (Resistance Series). CIP. First Second. 2012.pap. $17.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-293-2. LC 2011030504.

JOHNSON, Mat. Right State. illus. by Andrea Mutti. 144p. Vertigo. 2012. Tr $24.99. ISBN 978-1-4012-2943-6. LC 2012019780.

WILSON, Seán Michael, adapt. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: The Graphic Novel: Original Text. PLB ISBN 978-1-907127-82-3; pap. ISBN 978-1-907127-09-0.
––––Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: The Graphic Novel: QuickText. pap. ISBN 978-1-907127-10-6.
ea . vol: illus. by Declan Shalvey, et al. 168p. Classical Comics. 2012. PLB $24.95; pap. $16.95.

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