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April 15, 2014

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Book Review: Graphic Novels

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Classic literature retold, major conflicts from the 20th century, and one very odd pizza delivery boy can all be found in our eclectic array of reviews in the March issue.

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Pick of the Day: Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis/Matt Data and the Cosmic Crisis

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The bright, detailed, full-page panels are covered with strange creatures and planetary objects that will catch and hold young readers’ attention, and the scientific information is simply presented and well-integrated into the dialogue.

Book/Multimedia Starred Reviews

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From a comically cosmic space adventure to a rip-roaring tall tale to several in-depth looks at the lives of fascinating American figures, the January Stars offer opportunities for readers to engage in joyful escapism or intensive close reading.

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Book Review: Graphic Novels

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From Brian Ralph’s retro-cool Reggie-12 to David Merveille’s homage to a classic French film star, the graphic novels (and graphic nonfiction) reviewed in January offer a wide range of reading choices for comic fans.

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SLJ’s Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2013

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The “Good Comics for Kids” (blogs.slj.com/goodcomicsforkids) bloggers were burning the midnight oil this year, with a batch of top-notch fall releases that kept us reading—and debating—right up to our deadline. The top trend this year: kids’ books with adult appeal.

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Pick of the Day: The Lost Islands

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KIBUISHI, Kazu, ed. The Lost Islands. 128p. (Explorer Series). illus. Abrams/Amulet. 2013. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781419708817; pap. $10.95. ISBN 9781419708831.
Gr 4 Up
–Carrying on the spirit of the much-loved “Flight” anthologies, Kibuishi continues his vision in this graphic novel that’s filled with imaginative and kid-friendly stories. The book’s variety is its greatest strength, creating mass appeal for a wide audience through an excellent mix of art styles, tones, and themes. Jake Parker starts off with a clever and retro-looking story about [...]

A Question of Character | Fall Graphic Novels

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The heroes of this fall’s crop of graphic novels face an array of situations, from battles to invading monsters to parents with issues, with surprising grace. But they aren’t plaster saints; every one of them has flaws as well as strengths, which makes for some interesting reading.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars | November 2013

Come Back, Moon (Kherdian)
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Nonny Hogrogian’s picture book Come Back, Moon; Fanny Britt’s graphic novel Jane, the Fox & Me; and Mike and the Mighty Magic Pants’s CD Gotta Be the Pants! made SLJ’s November stars list. Take a look inside for more stellar titles.

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Book Review: Graphic Novels | November 2013

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From Kazu Kibuishi’s latest to several image-heavy literary adaptations–including William Shakespeare’s works and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre–, SLJ’s November graphic novel reviews cover the gamut of genres and subjects.

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Graphic Novel Reviews | September 2013

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Check out John Lewis and Andrew Aydin’s March

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Book/Multimedia Review Stars | September 2013

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About words and writing.

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Book Review: Graphic Novels | July 2013

Graphic Novels Book Covers

Matt Phelan on Buster Keaton.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars List | July 2013

Image from, The day the crayons Quit (Daywalt)

Drew Daywalt on crayons, graphic novels by Gene Luen Yang, and much more…

Spring Graphic Novels: From Science to Superheroes

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Nothing is quite as it seems in this spring’s graphic novels, from the bad science in Darryl Cunningham’s How to Fake a Moon Landing to the reality-show superheroes in Tiger & Bunny. But there are some familiar faces as well, with a new Star Trek story, a graphic-novel version of Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon, and the return of the classic Disney game manga Kingdom Hearts. There’s plenty here to keep readers sprawled in their hammocks all summer long.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars List | May 2013

Odd Duck (Castellucci). ©2013 by Sara Varon

May, a month of “ducky” stars.

Fiction Series Update | May 2013

Book Covers

The latest installments in intriguing adventures, gripping sci-fi, and more.

Book/Multimedia Review Stars List: March 2013

The Highway Rat (Donaldson) ©2013 by Axel Scheffler.

Check out SLJ’s Stars list. From Julia Donaldson’s “The Highway Rat” to Gail Carriger’s “Etiquette & Espionage.” There’s something for everyone.

Book Review: Graphic Novels | March 2013

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Check out the three stars, plus many other reviews, in March’s graphic-novel section.

Pick of the Day: Peanut

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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 [...]

Book Review Graphic Novels: January 2013

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 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 [...]