May 1, 2016

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Esther Keller

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Review: ‘Archie,’ vol. 1

Back in August the Good Comics for Kids crowd discussed the release of the “New Archie,” a new series from Archie Comics. Recently, I noticed that the first six issues had been published as a trade paperback, and since I’m not a fan of single-issue comics (I hate waiting so long between issues to get […]

Review: The Creeps: Night of the Frankfrogs

Chris Schweizer, known for his Crogan Adventures, has switched gears and started a middle grade horror series. The Creeps will appeal to kids looking for a mix of adventure and fright. But no worries, readers will still be able to sleep with the lights off. The Creeps: Night of the Frankenfrogs By Chris Schweizer. Amulet […]

Review: Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin Who Ignited World War I

Though it’s been a very long time since I’ve been in school, I don’t think I’m stretching things by saying that World War I is rushed through in history class. That’s one of the reasons I so enjoyed Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales. Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood. I basically learned that there was a huge […]

Review: ‘Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Alamo All Stars’

I’ve read a number of short graphic novels about the Alamo. Those books were fine, but they were aimed at a school library market that was looking to cater to libraries needing accessible reads for assignment purposes. By no means did they spark the love of history like the Nathan Hale series generally does. While […]

Review: ‘The Other Side of the Wall’

Back in December, when I ran my Book Fair, I was surprised this unobtrusive paperback by Jennifer A. Nielsen become an instant best seller. You see, A Night Divided, had the best possible sales rep—an excited and enthusiastic reader. One of the students had already read the book, and he practically sold a copy to […]

Review: Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror!

About a year and a half ago, I had the pleasure of reading the first Stinky Cecil book. At the time, I decided to read the book to my son, then in pre-K, who loved the story and would often ask me when the next part was coming out. Over time he asked me about […]

Roundtable: Happy 10 Year Anniversary, First Second!

It’s sort of like watching your friend’s kid growing up: You remember when they were born, but now they’re a big kid. They’ve grown up so much! That’s how I felt when I heard that First Second was celebrating their 10 year anniversary. I clearly remember looking at their first catalogs and being very impressed […]

TOON Books Announces Spring Releases

While much of the East Coast is buried under mounds of snow, it’s heartening to look forward to spring, when it should all be melted away. TOON Books has announced their spring line-up of titles, and there are five new releases that readers will want to see! Two of the titles fall under their TOON […]

Gene Luen Yang Named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

On Monday, the Children’s Book Council in conjunction with the Every Child a Reader, and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress announced that graphic novel creator Gene Luen Yang will be the next National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Yang is no stranger to breaking barriers in the children’s and YA […]

Review: Little Robot

As the 2016 new releases start to flood the market, here’s a look at some of the titles we didn’t have a chance to review. Little Robot By Ben Hatke. First Second Books. 2015. ISBN 9781626720800 HC, $16.99. 136pp. Grades 2 and up Little Robot is by the artist best known for Zita the Space […]

Review: ‘Goosebumps: Slappy’s Tales of Horror’

This isn’t the first adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series by Graphix, but it’s been a while since they released one. So it’s not surprising that they gave it a try with the release, early this fall, of the new Goosebumps movie. While the movie may have come and gone, the books are still ever […]

Review: ‘Secret Coders’

Can a good story really be told while trying to teach kids how to code? With the push for more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning and higher STEM standards in our country’s public schools, it’s no surprise that someone out there is trying to incorporate good storytelling and science. But a story about […]

Review: ‘G-Man,’ Vols. 1-3

There aren’t many kid superheroes, so a young audience will love the G-Man series. They’ll want to read all 3 volumes and keep up with all of G-Man’s adventures. The only drawback? When the 3 volumes are done, they’ll want more. And right now it’s only the 3 volumes. G-Man: Learning to Fly v. 1 […]

Interview with Maris Wicks

It’s been a few years since I was able to attend New York Comic Con, but not only did my principal release me for the day, I got to sit on a fantastic panel about STEM Graphic Novels. There was a wonderful array of creators on the panel, including Maris Wicks, the creator of Human […]

Review: ‘Punky Brewster’

Since starting my own family, I’ve noticed that people in my age bracket are reviving the fads of their childhood. I presume that besides the money-making motivation, entrepreneurs realize that adults want to share the fun parts of their childhood with their kids. I certainly get a huge kick out of my three-year-old who routinely […]

Review: Bone Tribute Edition

I’ve always been open and honest about being a late comer to the comics world. I’d only read a handful of comics until 10-12 years ago, when I decided to bring comics into my school’s library. I then started to read sporadically, until I joined ALA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens selection committee. Only then […]

Review: ‘The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea’

Was it in honor of Scholastic’s 10th anniversary or was it because Raina Telgemeier titles are in such high demand? Is that why Scholastic reissued the Babysitter’s Club in color? Back in May, I spoke to a Scholastic rep at Book Expo and she said that both were considerations. Mostly, she explained, it had to […]

Interview: Chris Giarrusso on ‘G-Man’

I feel like the three volumes of G-Man comics and the illustrated diary format recently published just snuck up on me.  Has Chris Giarrusso really been writing that long and that much? Having read snippets of his work at conferences, I always wanted to read more, and this summer I finally got the chance. After […]

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 […]