April 21, 2018

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Graphic Novels: A Futuristic Frontier | April 2018 Xpress Reviews

British agents Modo and Octavia explore the majesty and mystery of Ember’s End in Slade’s latest.

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8 Graphic Novels from Gene Luen Yang, Marissa Meyer, and More | March 2018 Xpress Reviews

This month’s batch of web-exclusive reviews of graphic novels includes an adaptation of Tom’s Midnight Garden, the latest “New Super-Man,” and more.

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Review: Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable

Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths By Graham Annable First Second (Macmillan) ISBN: 9781626725614 $17.99 Grades 1-4 Out April 10, 2018 Find it at: Schuler Books | Your Library I eat the same thing every day for breakfast and lunch. If you know me, you might have heard me talking about this. Do […]

A Beloved YA Classic’s Transition to Graphic Novel Format

Author Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrator Emily Carroll describe the challenging yet richly rewarding experience of adapting Speak.

Graphic Novel Roundup

It hasn’t been an outstanding year for graphic format works with Printz potential — but a handful of books either have some buzz or have some potential, even if none of them are likely to be serious contenders. So read on for an alphabetical listing of graphic novels that might maybe could (but probably won’t) […]

Top 10 Graphic Novels 2017

SLJ’s “Good Comics 4 Kids” bloggers curate their annual top 10 list of graphic novels for kids and teens.

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Graphic Novels: an Eccentric Ornithologist and a Friendly Shadow | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

The life of the famous John Audubon is explored and a sweetly spooky tale blends fact with fantasy in November’s Xpress graphic novels.

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Retold Epics, Part One

Today is part one of retold epics. We will hear more, soon, from Karyn, and it absolutely will be epic. Today is my day to talk about lovely knights and raging ladies, about feats of strength, about reclaiming honor.  Yvain: The Knight of the Lion by M.T. Anderson and Andrea Offerman Candlewick, March 2017 Reviewed […]

Framed: Spy Caper Meets Animated Graphic Novel | Touch and Go

Part noir spy caper, part puzzle game, part animated graphic novel, this app defies easy categorization.

Review: The Wendy Project

I particularly adore when authors (and artists) take a (classic) work and they tear it apart and create something new—but recognizable. There’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, countless fractured fairy tales, and this year I read a dystopian version of Peter Pan. So picking up a copy of The Wendy Project was a natural choice […]

Review: Knife’s Edge

After reading volume 1 of the Four Points series, I was left hanging. So were my students. One student, Albert* (Name changed), asked me when volume 2 was coming out. I told him the wait was a while, and he asked me to let the author and artist know that he was willing to help […]

Review: ‘Cici: A Fairy’s Tale,’ Vols. 1-3

A lot is changing in Cici’s life: Her parents are separating, her wacky abuela is moving in, and on her tenth birthday, she wakes up with fairy wings! With the wings also come magical powers that Cici must learn to use and control as she sees her family and friends as they truly are and […]

Interview: Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham on ‘Real Friends’

I’m a sporadic social networker. On the rare day, when I have a few minutes of down time, I will go online and try and catch up on either Twitter or Facebook. So the other day, when I had a few minutes (read: procrastinating), I realized that the release date of Shannon Hale and LeUyen […]

Graphic Novels: The Latest from Matt Kindt, Margaret Atwood, and More | May 2017 Xpress Reviews

An undersea adventure, another “Angel Catbird” volume, and a graphic novel look at Colonial America.

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Nonfiction Round Up

OK, this was supposed to be a nonfiction roundup, and it sort of still is, because I am going to talk about a few titles. However it also sort of isn’t because I definitely have one title that I want to focus on. I’m also slightly skipping around in time (through the magic of this […]

The Thin Line

I’m going to cheat a little today, and deviate from our attempts to review in roughly calendar order. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about middle grade and YA and all ages and the fine line between the Newbery and the Printz. We’ve had books on all ends snag awards, yes, but […]

Graphic Novel Siblings: Delilah Dirk and The Nameless City

The two books we’re talking about this morning might as well be graphic novel siblings. They share a lot of details in common: both are published by First Second, Canadian authors, 3 stars, action-hero female protagonists, male protagonists who drive themselves to exhaustion trying to keep up, and both are part of a larger serialized story. Even the […]

Free Spirits: Raina Telgemeier on “Ghosts” | Up Close

With Ghosts, the story of two sisters who move to a town where ghosts and the dead are seen in a different light, Raina Telgemeier tackles themes of death and illness.

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