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The Readers' Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels

215p. index. ALA Editions. Feb. 2017. pap. $54. ISBN 9780838915097.
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Goldsmith (Graphic Novels Now: Building, Managing, and Marketing a Dynamic Collection) updates her 2010 work to provide practical tools for librarians to select relevant graphic novels for children, teens, and adults. After dispelling myths that comics are for children or readers with low literacy skills, the author maintains that in fact these books require multiple literacies as they combine written and visual cues to convey meaning. New readers' advisors must not only read a wide array of graphic novels that cover the entire breadth of the format but also understand how the format is constructed and why illustrated works appeal to readers. Divided by age level and genre, this volume includes more than 350 annotated recommendations, with descriptions of plot and visual style. Goldsmith also suggests online and print resources that survey current trends and new titles.
VERDICT This work will appeal primarily to librarians who already have an interest in the subject. Also consider Michael Pawuk's Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More.

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