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September 3, 2015

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Esther Keller

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Review: The Courageous Princess

The Courageous Princess was part of my library’s core Graphic Novel collection. Though I hadn’t more than glanced through the title at the time, I had purchased it, because at the time it was one of the few female heroines in comics. And I liked it even more that this female heroine wasn’t scantily dressed […]

Review: Space Dumplins

Craig Thompson is most noted for his award winning titles Blankets and Habibi. In a departure from his adult titles, Thompson has ventured into the world of comics for kids in this excellent futuristic space adventure. Space Dumplins By Craig Thompson. Graphix. August 2015. ISBN 9780545565417 HC, $24.99. 320pp. Grades 4 and up Violet loves […]

Review: Roller Girl

This summer I challenged myself to read as much as I could. I made sure to keep my house inundated with books, which between the loads of reserves I placed at the public library and the many books I still have from Book Expo America, is not a problem. I also wanted to do a […]

Review: ‘Baba Yaga’s Assistant’

A little realism. A little creepiness. Fairy tale stepmothers and stepsisters. This book has a little bit of everything to attract all type of readers and will leave all of them more than satisfied. Baba Yaga’s Assistant By Marika McCoola, art by Emily Carroll Candlewick Press Grades 6 and up Masha was mostly raised by […]

Ultimate Spider-Man Comes to MarvelKids Website

Marvel has just announced that it is adding Ultimate Spider-Man adventures to its MarvelKids.com website. In an effort to grow its younger audience and bring them into the Marvel Universe, fans will be able to read a new digital issue each week, starting with Ultimate Spider-Man #1: I Think I’m Paranoid. In addition to the […]

Review: Dragons Beware

If you haven’t met Claudette, the spunky redhead, from Giants Beware, you should take a trip to your local library or bookstore to check her out.  Of course, if you stumble upon Dragons Beware first, don’t worry about not having any back story; this is an entirely stand-alone story.  But whichever book you pick up […]

Free Comics for Librarians from Papercutz

Papercutz Publishing has just announced that it is offering 100 copies of Nickelodeon Magazine to librarians who are doing any comics programming. All librarians need to do is e-mail Sven Larsen, VP of Marketing at Papercutz, 6-8 weeks before the event. Librarians need to include a detailed account and are responsible for shipping cost. Larsen […]

Review: Sunny Side Up

The brother-and-sister team of Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm join forces again, though this time their book is a slight departure from the usual work: No cute squishy figures, no spunky mice. This new story is rooted in reality and takes us back in time, though realistically it could have taken place today. Sunny […]

Review: ‘Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Railroad’

When I was in fourth grade (and again in 5th grade), we had to read a biography and then dress up as the person we read about it to present it to the class. I remember this project well, because I dressed up as Eleanor Roosevelt for two years straight. (I also did my science […]

Book Expo America 2015 (Part II)

On Thursday, May 28th, I was lucky enough to be released from my regular duties as a middle school librarian so I could hop over to the City and spend a day at Book Expo America. I walked up and down the Convention Floor for five hours without a break. I only felt it when […]

Book Expo 2015 (Part I)

On Thursday, May 28th, I was lucky enough to be released from my regular duties as a middle school librarian so I could hop over to the City and spend a day at Book Expo America. The first thing I noticed when walking into the exhibit hall at BEA was that Star Wars was everywhere. […]

Review: Lost in NYC

Review: Lost in NYC

When I first caught a glimpse of Lost in NYC, I was attending the NYC School Librarian Conference. It was back in November, and I only had the opportunity to flip through the book, but my immediate thought was that the artist had certainly caught the frenetic pace of the NYC Subway system. Now that […]

Review: The Lunch Witch

Review: The Lunch Witch

The title of this latest original publication by Papercutz might make you think of the Lunch Lady graphic novels, but mark my words: The Lunch Witch bears very little resemblance, though it will be a hit with the kids. The Lunch Witch By Deb Lucke Papercutz, 174 pp. March 2015. ISBN 978-1-6291-162-5 hc $14.99 Recommended […]

YALSA Announces Great Graphic Novels for Teens

YALSA Announces Great Graphic Novels for Teens

While the awards are announced at ALA Midwinter, often the Best of Lists are quietly released, though the announcements might be missed. Among the many “Best of” selection lists is YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Of 108 nominated titles, only 78 made it to the final list, which is geared for teens ages 12-18-years-old. […]

ALA Youth Media Awards Recognizes Comics

ALA Youth Media Awards Recognizes Comics

The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards were announced Monday morning at the ALA mid-winter meeting in Chicago, and for the first time ever, graphic novels received both Newbery and Caldecott honors. Established in 1921, the Newbery Medal recognizes the most distinguished American book published for children. This year, El Deafo by Cece Bell was […]

Review: March, Book Two

Review: March, Book Two

Sometimes when I finish reading a book, it takes me a few minutes to pull out of the world I was engrossed in for hours. It’s because a book was so powerful that while I was entrenched in its pages, I only saw and heard what was in the book. Lately, books that evoke this […]

Review: Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue

Review: Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue

Though it certainly exists, finding a comic that connects to the sciences and contains a funny and engaging story for elementary age students isn’t all that easy. But AMP Kids’ latest original graphic novel will certainly have multiple links to the science curriculum and continue to entertain readers all the way through. Stinky Cecil in […]

2014 Cybils Finalists Announced

2014 Cybils Finalists Announced

It feels like just last year that the Cybils Award was first announced, but time flies: This week the shortlist for sixth annual Cybils Awards was released. The Cybils are an award given out by bloggers for the best children and young adult literature titles. In her post describing the process, Anne Boles Levy discusses […]

Review: NNewts

Review: NNewts

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 […]

Review: El Deafo

Review: El Deafo

This title made it to our Top 10 2014 Best Graphic Novel list for good reason, it’s been cited on many other lists as well, including the Parents Magazine best books of the year. El Deafo By Cece Bell. Color by David Lasky Abrams. September 2014. ISBN 978-1-4197-1217-3 $10.95 244 pp. Recommended for grades 4 […]