Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms! By Philippe Coudray Toon Books; $13 Does familiarity really breed contempt? Because this is the third Toon Books collection of French artist Philippe Coudray’s one-page Benjamin Bear gag comics, and I’m certainly not feeling anything in the general vicinity of contempt for the cartoonist, cartoons or character yet. Quite the […]
When I first caught a glimpse of Lost in NYC, I was attending the NYC School Librarian Conference. It was back in November, and I only had the opportunity to flip through the book, but my immediate thought was that the artist had certainly caught the frenetic pace of the NYC Subway system. Now that […]
Orpheus In The Underworld By Yvan Pommaux Toon Books; $17 The oft retold myth of Orpheus and Eurydice gets another telling in French cartoonist Yvan Pommaux’s Orpheus In The Underworld, which follows his previous entry in the new Toon Graphic Mythology series, Theseus and The Minotaur. You probably already know the basics: Orpheus, son of […]
The Wild Piano By Fred Toon Books; $16.95 The second of the late, great French cartoonist Frederic Otohn Aristedes’ Philemon adventures, The Wild Piano, picks up right where Cast Away on the Letter A left off, the pace of the practically random, dream-like events occurring even faster than before, and the nature of those events […]
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 […]
SLJ caught up with master storyteller Neil Gaiman, who penned a spooky graphic novel adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel,” inspired by Lorenzo Mattotti’s dark and gloomy art. Check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes video chat with Gaiman.
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The other day, I saw a post on GNLIB responding to a request about children’s graphic novels that can be read online. One of the responses mentioned The Professor Garfield Toon-Book Reader, which is part of the Toon Books website. I have a feeling I already knew about this part of their site, but it never stayed […]
Cast Away on the Letter A By Fred Toon Books; $17 While I imagine there are quite a few benefits to running one’s own imprint, rather high on the list must be the ability to introduce an entirely new generation in an entirely new country to a favorite story of your youth, and, better yet, […]
Thousands turned up for author Neil Gaiman’s performance at Carnegie Hall on June 27. The evening was touted as a “multimedia storytelling event” and showcased the prolific author’s premiere U.S. reading of The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains and Hansel and Gretel accompanied by visuals and a live score.
Otto’s Backwards Day By Frank Cammuso, with Jay Lynch TOON Books; $12.95 Everyone struggles with selfishness. At least, I imagine that all good people do and that anyone who doesn’t has probably just given in to it. Maybe it says more about me than about other people, but I have a hard time believing that […]
TOON Books, Francoise Mouly’s innovative hardcover comics imprint for early readers, will expand into the upper grades with TOON Graphics, a new line aimed at readers aged 8 and up. TOON Graphics will include both graphic novels (comics) and books that alternate illustrations and prose. I talked to Mouly about the new line at Publishers […]
Share the love of comics with some of this week’s new releases! Action Lab Entertainment has a new NFL Rush Zone Special just for the Super Bowl. BOOM! Studios collects more Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors with new trades for both, and DC Comics releases the newest Batman Li’l Gotham. The List: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT […]
Hearts By Thereza Rowe Toon Books, $12.95 Level One (kindergarten through first grade) The title of this book is Hearts, although the word appears quite a bit smaller than the three big, red, valentine-perfect hearts on the cover, and not not at all on the spine, where only the trio of heart images appear between […]
Tippy and the Night Parade By Lilli Carré Toon Books, $12.95 Level one (Kindergarten through first grade) Regular readers will have noticed a very distinct formula to Toon Books, particularly those for the earliest readers: Simple narratives straddling the media of picture books and comics, by world-class cartoonists working to produce books that can be […]
The Big Wet Balloon By Liniers TOON Books ISBN: 9781935179320 $12.95 Grades 1-2 In Stores September 10, 2013 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library Not every sibling relationship is fraught with resentment. Scanning the children’s literature landscape, however, you might forget this is the case. Lately, at least, the reluctant brother or sister […]
Benjamin Bear’s bright ideas include unique methods of getting rid of fleas, herding sheep, and making two things out of nothing, but even the bear’s brightest ideas are out-shined by those of Phillipe Coudray, the artist/author who created Benajmin and, therefore, does all of his thinking for him. Bright Ideas is Coudray’s second offering through […]
Anyone who’s read many of Renée French’s highly-detailed black-and-white comics, like her surreal, dark and disturbing meditation on migraines and ants h day, or perhaps her off-kilter family melodrama about deformity and surgery The Ticking, may be a little surprised to hear her name in the same sentence as the words “kids comic.” But then, […]
I’m on record as being a big fan of Philippe Coudray’s first Benjamin Bear book, so I’m delighted that Toon Books is publishing a second one next month. What I like about this book is that it’s clever without being overbearing; each page contains a puzzle or a verbal pun that is simple enough for […]
Renee French is well known among adult fans of indy graphic novels for her surrealistic artwork in H Day and The Ticking, but she also writes and illustrates children’s books under her pen name, Rainy Dohaney. Next month, Toon Books will publish her graphic novel Barry’s Best Buddy, a silly story about two friends, and […]
The winners of the Cybils (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards—should’t that be the CYABLAs?) were announced last week, and although there are only two graphic novel categories, three graphic novels took the honors. The award-winners are… A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse, by Frank Viva (Toon Books) This was […]