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January 30, 2015

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Review: March, Book Two

Review: March, Book Two

Sometimes when I finish reading a book, it takes me a few minutes to pull out of the world I was engrossed in for hours. It’s because a book was so powerful that while I was entrenched in its pages, I only saw and heard what was in the book. Lately, books that evoke this […]

Review: Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue

Review: Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue

Though it certainly exists, finding a comic that connects to the sciences and contains a funny and engaging story for elementary age students isn’t all that easy. But AMP Kids’ latest original graphic novel will certainly have multiple links to the science curriculum and continue to entertain readers all the way through. Stinky Cecil in […]

Book review: The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson with illustrations by Christine Larsen

Book review: The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson with illustrations by Christine Larsen

17-year-old Andrew Brawley lives in a forgotten part of the Roanoke General Hospital. By “forgotten,” I don’t mean that it’s an area that doesn’t get many visitors or feels lonely—it’s literally a forgotten wing of the enormous building, abandoned in the middle of renovations. And let’s unpack that sentence even further: “lives” is accurate, because […]

Review: NNewts

Review: NNewts

Doug TenNapel does it again: With a mix of creepy, bizarre, and endearing, another book series comes to life. Young readers will be transported to a world of amphibians, magic, and adventure. Nnewts: Book One. Escape From the Lizzarks By Doug TenNapel Scholastic, 192 pp. January 2015. ISBN 978-0-545-67647-2 hc $19.99, 978-0-545-67646-5 pbk $10.99 Recommended […]

The Jungle Comes to Life in ‘Love: The Tiger’

The Jungle Comes to Life in ‘Love: The Tiger’

Here’s something new to look forward to in January: Love: The Tiger, a wordless nature story that follows a tiger through the jungle for a day. Created by Frédéric Brrémaud and Disney veteran Federico Bertolucci, the book is a European import and won the Special Jury Awards at the 2011 Lucca Comics Festival. It’s also […]

Preview: Voltron: From Days of Long Ago

Preview: Voltron: From Days of Long Ago

This preview is unusual: It’s the beginning of the end of the Voltron story. The original Voltron cartoon show turned 30 this year, and Viz put out a special anniversary book, Voltron: From Days of Long Ago, to celebrate; I interviewed the editors at Robot 6, and we mentioned it in our gift guide as […]

Review: El Deafo

Review: El Deafo

This title made it to our Top 10 2014 Best Graphic Novel list for good reason, it’s been cited on many other lists as well, including the Parents Magazine best books of the year. El Deafo By Cece Bell. Color by David Lasky Abrams. September 2014. ISBN 978-1-4197-1217-3 $10.95 244 pp. Recommended for grades 4 […]

SLJ’s Top 10 Graphic Novels 2014

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Four superhero stories, three tales with a touch of fantasy, and the drama of a trouble-plagued Antarctic expedition are among the “Good Comics for Kids” bloggers’ favorites.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Good Comics for Kids 2014 Gift Guide

The Good Comics for Kids 2014 Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are long gone. But there’s still time to find the perfect gift for your loved ones or friends. Our bloggers have suggestions so that you can pass on the gift of (comics!) reading. Scott Through the Woods by Emily Carroll For slightly older readers […]

Review: Hazardous Tales. Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood

Review: Hazardous Tales. Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood

Every time I learned about World War I in school it was a brief overview of one of the deadliest wars in history. The version I learned went something like this: Archduke Ferdinand is assassinated. Everyone takes sides. World War I happens. It ends. The Allies slap Germany around so that their economy is devastated […]

Review: Lowriders in Space

Review: Lowriders in Space

Back Matter. At a recent panel on Nonfiction Books at the NYC School Librarian Conference, I heard authors and publishers talk about the back matter in books. And it was pretty much agreed that the back matter had some of the most interesting tidbits in the book. Sometimes it pays to read the back matter […]

ABDO’s new ebook solution: instant access

ABDO’s new ebook solution: instant access

Give this a try.  Scan any (or all) of the four QR codes on these two images. What you’ll discover is that the codes lead to ABDO books that become instantly readable on your mobile device.  No password needed.  No wait.  No checkout.  No barrier between reader and book. For librarians, ebooks have long represented […]

Review of the Day: Halfway Home by Christine Mari Inzer

Review of the Day: Halfway Home by Christine Mari Inzer

Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan By Christine Mari Inzer Naruhodo Press $11.95 ISBN: 978-0-9907014-0-8 Ages 12 and up On shelves now There’s been a lot of talk about the role of the reviewer when it comes to self-published books. Horn Book Magazine makes a point of not reviewing self-published fare of any sort. […]

Graphic Novel Reading Lists Now Available from ALSC

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Looking for graphic novel reading recommendations for grades K–8? Look no further than the just-released lists from the Association of Library Services to Children.

What to Read Next: Raina Telgemeier

While Raina Telgemeier has been extremely popular over the last few years, this year I cannot keep any of her books on the shelf. I have multiple copies of each of her titles, and all of them are checked out with waiting lists. In a day, I have five to six requests for her books. […]

Writing Comics: John Green on ‘Hippopotamister’

Writing Comics: John Green on ‘Hippopotamister’

Today we have a special treat for you: A process essay by comics writer John Patrick Green. John is the artist for Teen Boat, which is a GC4K favorite, and he is now working on a new book, Hippopotamister, which will be published by First Second in spring 2016. Hippopotamister is the story of a […]

Review: Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Review: Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Likened to Calvin and Hobbes, this collection of comic strips that was originally published on GoComics will delight young readers. Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle By Dana Simpson TOON Books, $10. ISBN 9781449446208 Recommended for ages 8 & up A unicorn is trapped in her own reflection. So when Phoebe accidentally hits […]

Beloved Tales in New Skins: Sherlock Holmes, “Beauty and the Beast,” and More | Fiction Grades 5-8

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Check out a bevy of new titles, from new twists on old favorites, such as a gorgeous new edition of Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, an updated “Beauty and the Beast,” and a graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Displaced Persons

Displaced Persons

Derek McCulloch’s Gone to Amerikay was one of our favorite books of 2012. In fact, I even (incorrectly) predicted an Alex Award for it. So I was very excited to see that he was out with a new graphic novel, this time illustrated by Anthony Peruzzo. Like Gone to Amerikay, Displaced Persons has an epic […]

Review: Hansel & Gretel

Review: Hansel & Gretel

A new spin on an old story. In 2007 Lorenzo Mattotti created the illustrations for this book as part of an exhibition curated by Toon Books’ Francoise Mouly in honor of the Metroplitan Opera’s debut of Hansl and Gretl. Neil Gaiman, inspired by the illustrations, wrote down his version of the story. Hansel & Gretel […]