Children - Graphic Novels

Stepping Stones (Peapod Farm) by Lucy Knisley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984896841
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Published: Random House Graphic - May 5th, 2020

Based loosely on the author's experience as an only child of divorced parents whose mother found her a couple of “stepsisters,” this fiction graphic novel is a realistic look at coming of age in a place you feel you have no business being in. Jen must not only deal with some funky chickens and their weird habits, she must deal with Walter (her mothers’ boyfriend), her mother’s deer-eaten garden, the Farmers Market and two new “sisters” (Walter’s girls) every weekend. Typical issues happen (Jen has issues with math, she and Andy butt heads, Walter insists on calling her Jenny, even her mom seems to be against her). The insecurities we all tend to face at least once comes to light in this heavily illustrated, brightly colored, perfectly detailed book for ages 10 to 14. One could even go as young as 8 or 9 due to the fact there is “drama” but not "teen drama." ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Suncatcher by Jose Pimienta - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593124819
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Published: Random House Graphic - May 19th, 2020

Beatriz’s beloved grandfather has died. Soon after, she starts to hear his voice come from his guitar, asking her to finish the song he never was able to finish. His “killer” song. But as Beatriz’s obsession goes deeper, as she pulls away from her friends, one starts to wonder is this song literally the thing that will kill Beatriz? A beautiful, dark story of the obsession of perfection; of music and of life. Yet, there is hope at the end of it all, too. For ages 14 and up, with heavy adult crossover appeal. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781626722804
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Published: First Second - March 21st, 2017

Mixing the classic coming-of-age story of trying to fit in but cannot all with modern elements. There are puns, bad jokes and aliens. Some breath oxygen others methane. There are aliens that look like parrots and others who like Chef’s Surprise for lunch. There is the typical camp humor, the obtaining of badges like teleportation, building robots and study of scat. But the main theme that of friendship and working together. Fun, bright, rich illustrations complement the text and help move the story along. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel - Book Review

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By Doug TenNapel, Doug TenNapel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545210287
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Published: Graphix - July 1st, 2010

Grant finds himself accidentally sent to the world of ghosts. He and his new friends (one of whom, is the guy who sent him to Ghostopolis) must find a way to stop the evil leader of the city and get Grant home. This motley crew will meet goblins, Bone Kings, Mummies, really big bug-minions and much more. A superhero ending, images and story plots that can remind you of a multitude of different science fiction staples all come together to make a fun and cozy read. The illustrations perfectly illustrate The Real and The Supernatural worlds. The colors are bold, rich and the perfect compliment to the text. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Monster Mayhem by Christopher Eliopoulos - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735231245
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Published: Dial Books - August 28th, 2018

Zoe is a super-smart young girl who is well beyond her classmates. One day her parents decide to send her to a special school. The same day Zoe makes a new friend. But one overheard conversation leads to Zoe realizing that she does not need friends. After all, they will only let you down. Hurt you. And robots are cooler anyways. But a few years later, when a ring Zoe finds laying around probably grants her a wish, we get neck deep into the world of movie monsters (or Kaiju) that Zoe loves! But one monster that Zoe finds is more than meets the eye. He might want to eat every building in sight, but he also wants to be Zoe’s friend. With a sentient robot she made and her new friend Chomp, Zoe realizes that sometimes you must do the hard stuff: like ask for help. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Le - Book Review

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By Minh Le, Andie Tong (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781401283551
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Published: DC Comics - January 21st, 2020

This is a story that any Green Lantern would have to face: the battle a Green Lantern must face while they still are facing their fear of failure, wondering if they are good enough and why does everyone think they need a babysitter? (Okay, that last part is probably just 13-year-old Tai Pham). Bad puns, a strong support system for the newest (and possibly youngest Green Lantern). There are secrets with twist and turn on every page. While age appropriate, the illustrations are superhero gritty. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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