September 17, 2017

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Comical Information | Nonfiction Notions

Can the graphic novel format ever be considered “true” nonfiction? For librarian Jennifer Wharton, who recommended several recent favorites, they occupy a space between fiction and nonfiction, offering readers a highly accessible and exciting entry into informational text.

March: Book Three by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin | SLJ Review

Lewis, John & Andrew Aydin. March: Book Three. illus. by Nate Powell. 192p. Top Shelf. Aug. 2016. pap. $19.99. ISBN 9781603094023. 

Gr 8 Up –In the final installment in the trilogy, Congressman Lewis concludes his firsthand account of the civil rights era. Simultaneously epic and intimate, this dynamic work spotlights pivotal moments (the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL; the Freedom Summer murders; the 1964 Democratic National Convention; and the Selma to […]

I Am Pan by Mordicai Gerstein | SLJ Review

Gerstein, Mordicai. I Am Pan. 80p. Roaring Brook. Mar. 2016. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781626720350. 

Gr 1-4–Pan is a loud, energetic, and mischievous little god. Born to Hermes, he is the apple of his parents’ eye, as well as a joy to all in Olympus…for a while. The other gods begin to tire of his wild antics and silly ways, so they suggest he head off to Arcadia, where there are pigs, goats, hills, streams, waterfalls, bees, […]

A Roundup of Excellent Graphic Nonfiction | Focus On

Superlative examples of the versatile format used for biography, memoir, and informational books.

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Drowned City – 2016 Orbis Pictus Winner, Sibert Honor

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

Written and Illustrated by
Don Brown
Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

ISBN: 978-0-544-15777-4

Grades 7 and Up

In the interest of full
disclosure, we want our readers to know that Mary Ann served on the Orbis
Pictus Committee that selected Drowned
City as its 2016 winner.

Book Review

“A swirl of unremarkable
wind leaves

Keeping the Faith: An Interview with “Religion” Author Margreet de Heer

In Religion: A Discovery in Comics, Amsterdam native Margareet de Heer offers a balanced and nuanced exploration of different belief systems in comics form, with humor and insight.

Super Heroines with Attitude and More | SLJ Graphic Novel Roundup

From Joan of Arc to Squirrel Girl, the female protagonists highlighted in SLJ’s recent graphic novel reviews defy the odds and shatter gender stereotypes.

Messenger: The Legend of Joan of Arc by Tony Lee | SLJ Review

LEE, Tony. Messenger: The Legend of Joan of Arc. illus. by Sam Hart. 112p. ebook available. Candlewick. 2015. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9780763676131; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780763676148. LC 2013957283.

Gr 7 Up–This stunning biography uses Joan of Arc’s trial as a frame story for an account of her life. Joan recounts events from her life, which was rooted in deep faith, and the spiritual encounters that have made her such a legendary figure. Lee and Hart have aptly titled their work, […]

Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks | SLJ Review

Wicks, Maris. Human Body Theater. illus. by Maris Wicks. 240p. bibliog. further reading. glossary. websites. First Second. Oct. 2015. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781596439290.

Gr 4-8–A playfully engaging skeleton emcee introduces the parts of the body and their systems as part of an informational stage revue in this clever overview of human biology. Panels, word balloons, and cartoon illustrations provide strong visuals, while each chapter covers a different biological system in a logical, well-organized fashion, with an initial overview that leads into […]

Fast Friendships, Aesop’s New Groove, and a Romp Through the Human Body | Graphic Novel Roundup

From a haunting examination of Hurricane Katrina to a can’t-miss title from “Babymouse” creators Jennifer and Matthew Holm to an anatomy lesson readers won’t soon forget, these titles illustrate the awe-inspiring potential of sequential art.

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown | SLJ Review

BROWN, Don. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. illus. by Don Brown. 96p. bibliog. ebook available. notes. HMH. Aug. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780544157774.
Gr 7 Up–A murky watercolor storm spreads across pages, darkening and becoming more ominous as it builds in Brown’s deeply affecting look at Hurricane Katrina. Dynamic sketches capture shocking scenes, such as residents fleeing down claustrophobic highways as the 400-mile-wide storm looms in a nearly completely dark spread. Brown depicts broken levees, flooded homes, and inhabitants […]

Fable Comics edited by Chris Duffy | SLJ Review

Duffy, Chris, ed. Fable Comics. 124p. First Second. Sept. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781626721074.

Gr 3 Up–This title rounds off the successful Nursery Rhyme Comics (2011) and Fairy Tale Comics (2013, both First Second) collections, which contain short tales adapted by popular cartoonists. The majority of the fables in this installment are from Aesop, but there is also a sampling of selections from countries including Angola and India and famous writers such as Ambrose Bierce. Fables lend themselves well to graphic […]

Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War by Michel Chikwanine & Jessica Dee Humphreys | SLJ Review

Chikwanine, Michel & Jessica Dee Humphreys. Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War. illus. by Claudia Dávila. 48p. (CitizenKid). websites. Kids Can. Sept. 2015. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781771381260.

Gr 3-6–Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a child soldier at age five, Chikwanine tells his painful yet ultimately uplifting story with help from coauthor Humphreys and artist Dávila. Though there was unrest in his country, Michel lived a happy, carefree existence with his parents […]

Sign Language Primers, Graphic Guide to Science, and Selections on the Civil Rights Movement | Nonfiction Series Update

SLJ presents Nonfiction Series Update, continuations in ongoing series that are not to be missed. This installment, check out the latest on animals, sign language, cell division, civil rights, and more.

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