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December 19, 2014

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The Good Comics for Kids 2014 Gift Guide

The Good Comics for Kids 2014 Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are long gone. But there’s still time to find the perfect gift for your loved ones or friends. Our bloggers have suggestions so that you can pass on the gift of (comics!) reading. Scott Through the Woods by Emily Carroll For slightly older readers […]

Review: Hazardous Tales. Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood

Review: Hazardous Tales. Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood

Every time I learned about World War I in school it was a brief overview of one of the deadliest wars in history. The version I learned went something like this: Archduke Ferdinand is assassinated. Everyone takes sides. World War I happens. It ends. The Allies slap Germany around so that their economy is devastated […]

Review: Lowriders in Space

Review: Lowriders in Space

Back Matter. At a recent panel on Nonfiction Books at the NYC School Librarian Conference, I heard authors and publishers talk about the back matter in books. And it was pretty much agreed that the back matter had some of the most interesting tidbits in the book. Sometimes it pays to read the back matter […]

What to Read Next: Raina Telgemeier

While Raina Telgemeier has been extremely popular over the last few years, this year I cannot keep any of her books on the shelf. I have multiple copies of each of her titles, and all of them are checked out with waiting lists. In a day, I have five to six requests for her books. […]

Review: ‘Terrible Lizard’ #1

Review: ‘Terrible Lizard’ #1

This November, Oni Press is launching a new, five-issue series by Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun) and Drew Moss, Terrible Lizard, which sets out to be a mix of action, adventure, and a fantastic array of monsters. Terrible Lizard #1 By Cullen Bunn and Drew Moss Oni Press, November 2014 32 pp. $3.99 Recommended for […]

Review: Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Review: Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Likened to Calvin and Hobbes, this collection of comic strips that was originally published on GoComics will delight young readers. Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle By Dana Simpson TOON Books, $10. ISBN 9781449446208 Recommended for ages 8 & up A unicorn is trapped in her own reflection. So when Phoebe accidentally hits […]

Review: Hansel & Gretel

Review: Hansel & Gretel

A new spin on an old story. In 2007 Lorenzo Mattotti created the illustrations for this book as part of an exhibition curated by Toon Books’ Francoise Mouly in honor of the Metroplitan Opera’s debut of Hansl and Gretl. Neil Gaiman, inspired by the illustrations, wrote down his version of the story. Hansel & Gretel […]

Interview: Misako Rocks!

Interview: Misako Rocks!

This August, Misako Rocks, author and artist of a number of teen manga, will be reissuing her graphic novel Rock and Roll Love. I had the opportunity to interview Misako and learn about her latest projects and a bit about her. Congratulations on reissuing your graphic novel/manga Rock and Roll Love. It’s always hard to […]

Review: Sisters

Review: Sisters

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 […]

Review: The Professor Garfield Toon-Book Reader

Review: The Professor Garfield Toon-Book Reader

The other day, I saw a post on GNLIB responding to a request about children’s graphic novels that can be read online. One of the responses mentioned The Professor Garfield Toon-Book Reader, which is part of the Toon Books website. I have a feeling I already knew about this part of their site, but it never stayed […]

Review: Desmond Pucket and the Mountain Full of Monsters

Review: Desmond Pucket and the Mountain Full of Monsters

If you feel like bookstores and library shelves in the children section are overflowing with illustrated diary novels, you won’t be wrong. But kids are loving the format, and as I always say, “Whatever floats your boat.” If that’s what they want to read and it gets someone reading for 20 minutes each day, then […]

Review: Dork Diaries 7

Review: Dork Diaries 7

Dork Diaries was by far the most requested series in my library this year, maybe only second to The Hunger Games and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The diary format, the illustrated novel, and the humor make this series a surefire hit. Dork Diaries 7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star By Rachel Renee Russell […]

Scholastic To Publish Bone Tribute Edition With New Art

Scholastic To Publish Bone Tribute Edition With New Art

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 […]

Review: Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan!

Star Trek. Star Wars. To tell you the truth, I’m a mess when it comes to some pop culture phenomena. Leonard Nimoy. Princess Lea. Darth Vader. It’s all a huge jumble in my mind. (Sometimes, I even throw War Games into the jumble!) So why on earth am I reviewing a Star Wars book? Because […]

Top Shelf Reveals Cover for Book 2 of ‘March’

Top Shelf Reveals Cover for Book 2 of ‘March’

Top Shelf Productions unveiled the cover for book 2 of March yesterday in an interview with the three creators of the book on CNN. (Chris Ross of Top Shelf posted some comments about the process of refining the cover on his Twitter.) Slated to be released in early 2015, the second volume of Congressman John […]

Review: Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley

Review: Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley

Over the last couple of weeks, I started to notice ads for a new summer release, How to Train Your Dragon 2. The first movie, which was released four years ago, was a rousing success. As a librarian, I remember the constant requests for the series of books in which the movie was based on. […]

Review: Rio: Snakes Alive

Review: Rio: Snakes Alive

When the Scholastic Book Orders came with free Rio2 bookmarks just as my review copy of Papercutz’s Rio arrived in my mailbox, I knew that there was a big movie release on the horizon. Generally, I’m not a fan of movie-tie ins, so I was a bit of a skeptic when I picked this up. […]

Review: Dinosaurs, vol. 2

Review: Dinosaurs, vol. 2

True story: We were planning a trip the zoo and my three-year-old daughter and I were having a conversation about what animals we might see there. We mentioned sea lions, tigers, birds, and turtles. But then my daughter asked, “Will we see dinosaurs?” “No,” I answered,  “Dinosaurs aren’t found in zoos.  Maybe we can see […]

Interview: Dave McDonald

Interview: Dave McDonald

When Janna Morishima, formerly of Graphix and Papercutz comics, introduced me to Hamster S.A.M., she described it as a “outrageously silly, slapstick humor” that any emerging reader will enjoy.  And her take on the comic is very accurate.  Hamster S.A.M. is a delightful read.  To hear more about this self-published comic, which you may have […]

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel

Yen Press has become known for its adaptation of many of the novels from its mother company, Little Brown.  But its latest book adaptation comes from an independent book publisher, Quirk Books, which gained great notoriety with two best-selling titles, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The latter is […]