March 24, 2018

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Book Review: Graphic Novels

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redstarChad, Jon . Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis/Matt Data and the Cosmic Crisis. illus. by Jon Chad. 40p. Roaring Brook. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781596438224.

Gr 2-5 –Leo Geo is back in another science-based adventure, joined by his brother, Matt Data, in a nifty flip-over format. Leo learns that a large comet is on a collision course with Matt’s orbital science facility and blasts off to save his astronomer brother. When Fizzcom, his supercomputer, malfunctions, Leo must survive a black hole, space pirates, and a crash landing before he can stop the comet and be reunited with his sibling. On the flip-side of the book, Matt finds out that Leo’s computer has a bug and sets off with his genius dog, Maff, to reboot it. Matt and Maff share information about satellites, comets, and other astronomical bodies they pass on their way to the remote broadcast station. When Maff is kidnapped by space pirates, Matt uses his scientific knowledge to get her back and to finally find Leo. Science, adventure, and comics are perfectly blended in this kid-friendly story. The bright, detailed, full-page panels are covered with strange creatures and planetary objects that will catch and hold young readers’ attention, and the scientific information is simply presented and well-integrated into the dialogue. The varied layout of the pages, vertical and horizontal, and the “search engine,” a hunt for specific objects throughout the book, encourage engagement with the story. This is a great offering for graphic-novel enthusiasts or kids looking for a fun read.–Marian McLeod, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT

The following titles are reviewed in this month's print issue:

Elementary & Middle School

Brown, Jeffrey. Star Wars: Jedi Academy. illus. by Jeffrey Brown. 160p. Scholastic. 2013. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780545505178. LC 2013931939.

Cali, Davide . 10 Little Insects. tr. from French. illus. by Vincent Pianina. 80p. Wilkins Farago. 2013. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780987109910.

CAMMUSO , Frank. The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble. Bk. 1. illus. by Frank Cammuso. 96p. (The Misadventures of Salem Hyde Series). Abrams/Amulet. 2013. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-4197-0803-9; pap. $6.95. ISBN 978-1-4197-0804-6.

CHALONER , Kim . Diabetes and Me: An Essential Guide for Kids and Parents . illus. by Nick Bertozzi. 157p. bibliog. ebook available. glossary. Hill & Wang. 2013. Tr $30. ISBN 9780809028191; pap. $15. ISBN 9780809038718. LC 2012036543.

Garland, Sarah . Azzi in Between. illus. by Sarah Garland. 38p. Frances Lincoln. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847802613.

Grimaldi. Welcome to the Tribe! tr. from French by Carol Klio Burrell. illus. by Bannister. Vol. 1 48p. (Tib & Tumtum Series). Graphic Universe/Lerner. 2013. lib. ed. $26.60. ISBN 9781467712972; pap. $6.95. ISBN 9781467715225; ebk. $19.95. ISBN 9781467716567. LC 2012047639.

JEFFREY , Gary. Gallipoli and the Southern Theaters. illus. by Terry Riley. ISBN 9780778709114. LC 2013005534.

––––. Lawrence of Arabia and the Middle East and Africa. illus. by Nick Spender. ISBN 978-0-7787-0912-1. LC 2013007630.

––––. On the Eastern Front. illus. by Nick Spender. ISBN 978-0-7787-0910-7. LC 2013005628.

––––. On the Western Front. illus. by Nick Spender. ISBN 978-0-7787-0909-1. LC 2013005627.

––––. War at Sea. illus. by Terry Riley. ISBN 978-0-7787-0913-8. LC 2013005532.

––––. War in the Air. illus. by author. ISBN 978-0-7787-0914-5. LC 2013005533.

ea vol: 48p. (Graphic Modern History: World War I Series). glossary. index. maps. photos. reprods. 2013. Crabtree. lib. ed $30.60.

Merveille, David . Hello, Mr. Hulot. tr. from French. illus. by David Merveille. 32p. NorthSouth. 2013. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780735841352.

Rodriguez, David A. Finding Gossamyr. illus. by Sarah Ellerton. Vol. 1 132p. glossary. Th3rd World Studios. 2013. RTE $24.95. ISBN 9780983216162.

Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Comics: Tales of the World’s Wildest Beasts. illus. by Pedro Rodriguez. 144p. Capstone. 2013. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9781434248800.

Ruiz, Emilio . Waluk. adapted by Dan Oliverio. tr. from Spanish by adapter. illus. by Ana Miralles. 56p. websites. Graphic Universe/Lerner. 2013. lib. ed. $26.65. ISBN 978-1-4677-1598-0; pap. $7.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-1606-2; ebk. $19.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-2057-1. LC 2012047787.

Ruth, Greg . The Lost Boy. illus. by Greg Ruth. 192p. Graphix/Scholastic. 2013. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9780439823319; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780439823326; ebk. $12.99. ISBN 9780545576901. LC 2013937147.

Sturm, James & others . Adventures in Cartooning: Characters in Action. illus. by authors. 64p. First Second. 2013. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781596437326.

Toriyama, Akira . Dragonball: 3-in-1 Edition. illus. by Akira Toriyama. Vol. 1 576p. (Dragon Ball Series). Viz Media. 2013. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781421555645.

Torres, J. The Unkindness of Ravens. illus. by Faith Erin Hicks. Vol. 2 100p. (Bigfoot Boy Series). Kids Can. 2013. RTE $17.95. ISBN 9781554537136; pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-1-55453-714-3.

Weitzman, Jacqueline Preiss . Superhero Joe and the Creature Next Door. illus. by Ron Barrett. 32p. ebook available. S & S/Paula Wiseman Bks. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442412682. LC 2012023608.

High School

Austen, Jane . Pride & Prejudice: The Graphic Novel. adapted by Lawrence Sach. illus. by Rajesh Nagulakonda. 108p. Campfire. 2013. pap. $16.99. ISBN 9789380028743.

O’Connor, George . Aphrodite: Goddess of Love. illus. by George O’Connor. 78p. (Olympians Series). bibliog. chart. further reading. First Second. Jan. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781596439474; pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781596437395.

Ralph, Brian . Reggie-12. illus. by Brian Ralph. 96p. Drawn & Quarterly. 2013. Tr $21.95. ISBN 9781770461321.

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