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April 15, 2014

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New Graphic Novels for Every Age

New Graphic Novels for Every Age

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 [...]

Review: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Review: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

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 [...]

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel

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 [...]

Review: Curses! Foiled Agen

Review: Curses! Foiled Agen

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 [...]

Review: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Review: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

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 [...]

Boxers & Saints — Or, What Defines “Book” Anyway?

Boxers & Saints — Or, What Defines “Book” Anyway?

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 [...]

Review: Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

TickTockClock

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

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

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 [...]

Review: Boxers and Saints

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 [...]

Review: Saints

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 [...]

Review: Boxers

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. [...]

Review: My Friend Dahmer

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 [...]

Review: Relish

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 [...]

Review: Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci

Odd Duck By Cecil Castellucci Illustrated by Sara Varon First Second Books ISBN: 9781596435575 $15.99 Grades 2-5 In Stores May 14, 2013 *Best New Book* Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I have this friend with whom I have almost nothing in common. Name a belief system – political, religious – we are [...]

A Choose-Your-Own-Path ‘Hamlet’ Comic Gets a Huge Boost via Kickstarter

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Cartoonist Ryan North launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to finance a choose-your-own-path version of Hamlet that ultimately raised $220,000.

Year of the Beasts

Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell
Roaring Brook, May 2012
Reviewed from final copy
By my count, Year of the Beasts has received two stars; it’s in the buzz portion of our contenda list. Some of that buzz, I know, has been from me to Karyn: Cecil Castellucci is always doing interesting work, and [...]

Review: Hereville 2

Readers who missed the first volume of Hereville should run out and find a copy, but even so, it won’t be a problem picking up this sequel and jumping right into Mirka’s latest adventure.  This volume gives readers enough background knowledge of the first story so that they don’t feel lost, and it will make [...]

A Child’s Eye-View of China | Interview

Little White Duck (Martinez, Liu)
by Martinez

Na Liu was born in a suburb of Wuhan, China, in 1973. She became a scientific researcher and physician, and moved to America to work at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Austin, TX. There she met her husband, the artist Andrés Vera Martínez.