Hard core fans of The Simpsons may recognize Mimi Pond’s name—she wrote the first full-length broadcast episode in 1989. Librarian Jeremy Engel chats with her about her graphic novel debut and coming-of-age story Over Easy.
While scrolling through my twitter feed, I came across a tweet from Papercutz. It was a cross post from Tumblr, reblogging a tumble from author Eric M. Esquivel, announcing he would be launching of a new graphic novel series with Papercutz featuring Rabbids. What are Rabbids you may ask? If you don’t have tweens or [...]
Space Mountain Written by Bryan Q. Miller. Illustrated by Kelley Jones Disney Press/Disney Comics, 2014 Anyone who’s ever been to a Disney Park knows of Tomorrowland’s famous roller coaster called Space Mountain. The dark, space-themed roller coaster, which is housed in a signature large white domed structure, sends passengers on a voyage through space. It [...]
SLJ interviews author Gene Luen Yang, whose latest work, The Shadow Hero, is an informative and entertaining exploration of the superhero.
This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
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. [...]
Godzilla: Awakening Written by Max Borenstein and Greg Borenstein Illustrated by Eric Battle, Yvel Guichet, and Alan Quah Legendary Pictures/DC Comics, 2014 80pp ISBN 9781401250355 $19.95, hardcover Godzilla is back in a big way in theaters this summer. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original film, the brand new U.S. release of the famous monster [...]
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. [...]
Viz Media has been working to be able to provide titles for every age and interest. Lately, they’ve debuts titles for kids, tweens, teens and older teens that would look good on any graphic novel collection shelf. For the kids, check out Uglydoll: EAT DAT!, out from Viz’s imprint Perfect Square. It features 18 food-inspired [...]
Delilah Dirk is not your average 19th century woman. Raised by globetrotting parents, she has traveled from the courts of Europe to America’s wild west to Japan, picking up not just new skills but a fervent love for adventure. Her chance meeting with the more ordinary Turkish lieutenant Erdemogul Selim takes them both on an [...]
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 [...]
In our GC4K’s Book Club discussion of Foiled, much of the “complaint” was that the book was mostly a set-up for a future story. But for those who read Foiled, and wanted to know more about Aliera’s world, then they’ll be happy to grab the next installment, because the story continued and it was a [...]
Meg Murray is having a difficult time accepting that her father, who hasn’t been heard from in months, may not be coming back. An encounter one stormy night with the strange old woman, Mrs. Whatsit, becomes the beginning of an amazing journey for Meg, her little brother Charles Wallace, and her classmate Calvin O’Keefe, as [...]
I had hoped to post this before the NBA was announced, but fate (and also one very lively 6-year-old) intervened, and then intervened some more. Regardless, here’s a verbatim transcript of my thinking when I finished Boxers & Saints: Wow. Also, hmmm. I read the two volumes back to back in the intended order, and [...]
Stuck between his best friend’s aspirations to take his robotics club to the national competition and his ex-girlfriend’s need for new uniforms for her cheerleading squad, Charlie Nolan, captain of the basketball team though he had it rough, until a phone call from his mother, currently divorced from his father and living in California has [...]
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, Lucy Knisley First Second, April 2013 Reviewed from Final Copy I was diagnosed with Celiac disease on Halloween eight years ago. That’s eight years of politely saying, “no, thank you” when offered a delicious pastry, forgoing mom’s signature stuffing on Thanksgiving, and checking restaurant menus ahead of any dinner [...]
Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang. First Second. 2013. Review copy from publisher. Boxers & Saints, Volumes 1 & 2. The Plot: The story of the Boxer Rebellion is told through the eyes of a Boxer and a Christian. Each volume is a standalone; but it’s best to first read Boxers, then Saints, and [...]
Saints by Gene Luen Yang. First Second. 2013. Review copy from publisher. Boxers & Saints, Volume 2. The Plot: Saints traces the story of a young girl from the age of 8 to 15; part of her story overlaps with that of Bao from Boxers. Saints is not so much the story from the “other [...]
Boxers by Gene Luen Yang. First Second. 2013. Review copy from publisher. Boxers & Saints, Volume 1. The Plot: In 1894, Little Bao is the youngest brother of three in Northern Shan-tung Province, China. He likes watching the traveling operas that visit the village in springtime; his older brothers tease him; he admires his father. [...]
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf. Abrams Comic Arts. 2012. Personal copy. Graphic Novel. Alex Award Winner. It’s About: A graphic novel memoir by Derf Backderf, a classmate of Jeffrey Dahmer. This is not the story of a serial killer; it is a look at the childhood and teen years of Jeffrey Dahmer, before his [...]
Relish: My Life In The Kitchen by Lucy Knisley. First Second. 2013. Review copy from publisher. It’s About: Relish is a memoir/coming of age book about food and cooking, told in a graphic novel format. The Good: It’s a memoir. And coming of age book. About food. And cooking. In a graphic novel format. What else [...]