February 24, 2017

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Book Review: The Time Museum by Matthew Loux, a guest post by Callum (age 10)

If you follow me on Twitter (@CiteSomething), then you’re familiar with my extremely entertaining 10-year-old son, Callum. He’s a big fan of graphic novels and recently has started pulling books out of my TBR pile. It’s fun to get book mail and have so much of it either appeal now to him or know it […]

Real Friends by Shannon Hale | SLJ Review

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HALE, Shannon. Real Friends. illus. by LeUyen Pham. 224p. First Second. May 2017. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9781626724167; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781626727854. POP

Gr 3-6 –Hale revisits her elementary school years in this insightful exploration of the ups and downs of friendship. Young Shannon meets her BFF Adrienne in kindergarten, and the two bond until Adrienne moves away. When Adrienne returns, Shannon is thrilled—until Adrienne joins a clique. In over her head, Shannon copes with feelings of inadequacy as she […]

Interview: Joey Weiser Talks ‘Mermin’

Joey Weiser’s Mermin started out as, literally, a “fish out of water” story: A strange sea creature washes up on a beach, a boy takes him home, and we get to watch Mermin—the mer-man from Mer—cause general chaos at his new friend Pete’s home and school. But from the very beginning there are hints of […]

Review: Snow White

I’ve always had a soft spot for retold or fractured fairy tales. I marvel at the ingenuity of an author to take an existing story, keep it recognizable, and give it a unique spin. There’s a long history of fractured fairy tales from Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted to Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Just Ella. And […]

Review and Preview: ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir’

How to Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir Writers: Dean DeBlois and Richard Hamilton Artist: Doug Wheatley Colorist: Wes Dzioba Cover artist: Pierre-Olivier Vincent Dark Horse, $10.99 Age 10 up. A preview of the graphic novel follows this review. Whenever I review a book that’s connected to a movie or other media property, the first […]

Review: ‘Olympians, vol. 9: Artemis’

It feels like yesterday that I was hearing about a new graphic novel series featuring the Greek gods in comic form, and now we’re up to number nine in a planned series of 12. And still it doesn’t disappoint! I admit, I’ve been negligent with this series and have missed a couple of titles—I keep […]

Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt by George O’Connor | SLJ Review

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O’CONNOR, George. Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt. illus. by George O’Connor. 80p. (Olympians: Bk. 9). bibliog. further reading. notes. First Second. Jan. 2017. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781626725225. POP

Gr 4-8 –With the latest in his series of books focused on the Greek deities, O’Connor brings to life the goddess of the hunt. Various individuals share anecdotes, weaving a nuanced portrait of Artemis: formidable, quick-witted, occasionally cruel, yet always deeply devoted to the natural world and intensely protective of […]

New York Times to Eliminate Graphic Novels Best Seller List

Thursday’s news of the shrinking of the New York Times graphic novel best seller lists was quickly eclipsed by other events in the news. So, in case you missed it, New York Times Book Review editor, Pamela Paul, announced that a number of the New York Times best seller lists will be discontinued. Among the […]

“Lunar Chronicles” Goes Graphic: Marissa Meyer on “Wires and Nerve”

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After five books, a short story collection, and a coloring book, Marissa Meyer decided to expand the sci-fi series with a graphic novel, Wires and Nerve.

How “El Deafo” Empowers Kids Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Cece Bell’s 2015 Newbery Honor book, a graphic memoir, is changing lives, educators say.

Review: ‘Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman’

Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman Written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason Art by Patrick Gleason, Doug Mahnke, Jorge Jimenez and others DC Comics; $16.99 Rated T for Teen The now twice-monthly Superman title is maybe the all-around best book of DC Comics’ 2016 “Rebirth”-branded relaunch initiative, in which they renumbered all their […]

APALA, Bloomer, YALSA Awards Announced | ALA Midwinter 2017

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The Youth Media Awards aren’t the only prizes in town. SLJ rounds up other children’s and young adult selection lists announced during the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Graphic Novels Xpress Reviews | February 2017

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A manga version of Jane Eyre, something to please Walking Dead fans, and The First Teen President.

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Nonfiction Graphic Novels: Give These to Fans of “March”

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These recent and upcoming graphic novels bring history and current events to life by telling important stories through the eyes of real people.

What to Read After You’ve Read ‘March’

Rep. John Lewis’s graphic memoir March is the book of the day—literally, on Martin Luther King day, but also figuratively, as president-elect Donald Trump’s disparaging Tweet about Lewis brought new attention to the book; reportedly, sales skyrocketed. I’ve said it before: March is an important book. But if you’re a Good Comics for Kids reader, […]

Download SLJ’s Sneak Peek Guide to Spring/Summer 2017 Titles

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Over 150 of the most hotly anticipated spring and summer titles, hand-picked by the SLJ editors. With info on ALA author signings and galley giveaways.

Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp | SLJ Review

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RAPP, Adam. Decelerate Blue. illus. by Mike Cavallaro. 208p. First Second. Feb. 2017. pap. $17.99. ISBN 9781596431096.

Gr 10 Up –Welcome to a brave new world that is marketing-forward and tech-heavy. Culture has been reduced to snippets of perfectly packaged and abbreviated elements. It’s a world run by the Guarantee Committee (GC), and the inhabitants are “protected” and monitored to ensure that they are keeping everything short. Students at Hyper High no longer study the classics; instead, they take […]

Review: Four ‘Far Out Fairy Tales’

Hansel & Gretel & Zombies, by Benjamin Harper and Fern Cano Goldilocks and the Three Vampires, by Laurie S. Sutton and C.S. Jennings Jak and the Magic Nano-Beans, by Carl Bowen and Omar Lozano Sleeping Beauty, Magic Master, by Stephanie True Peters and Alex Lopez Capstone, Grades 3 up The notion that any story is […]

Bats: Learning To Fly by Falynn Koch | SLJ Review

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KOCH, Falynn. Bats: Learning To Fly. illus. by Falynn Koch. 128p. (Science Comics). further reading. glossary. First Second. Feb. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781626724099; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781626724082.

Gr 3-7 –This latest in the science-related graphic novel series turns its focused eye to the world of bats. A little brown bat is lost in a Southwestern desert at night, just as a group of nature lovers are out for a tour. Injured in a commotion with the humans, the […]

Review: ‘Tetris’

Tetris: The Games People Play Writer/artist: Box Brown First Second; $19.99 In this follow-up to his winning 2014 biography, Andre The Giant: Life and Legend, cartoonist Box Brown tackles another great subject, and another one that everyone knows of, but relatively few actually know the story of: Tetris, the surprisingly simple, surprisingly addictive video game. […]