Children - Graphic Novels

Snapdragon by Kat Leyh - Book Review

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$12.99
ISBN: 9781250171115
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Published: First Second - February 4th, 2020

Courageous and bold Snapdragon befriends a local witch and learns that there may be something binding them together that they never imagined possible. A refreshing graphic novel exploring gender norms and the power of magic and positive relationships. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Stepping Stones (Peapod Farm #1) by Lucy Knisley - Book Review

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

Lucy Knisley has already established herself as one of the premier graphic novelists of this generation with her many graphic memoirs. Stepping Stones is her first in a series of mid-child fiction, but is still deeply rooted in Knisley's real life experiences. Illustrations are clear and colorful, and each character is well rounded. A quick read, but one that will be enjoyed by a large age group, including her many adult fans. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian by Tim Probert - Book Review

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By Tim Probert, Tim Probert (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062990464
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Published: HarperAlley - September 1st, 2020

Probert puts fantasy staples throughout, with modern themes, hints of classic tales and wraps it up all in a sparsely texted story that is beautifully illustrated. This charming graphic novel is a face-paced story that is great for the 10 to 14-year-old reader (of course, adults must read, too). Friendship has never been so sweet or funny. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte - Book Review

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By Lily LaMotte, Ann Xu (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062973863
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Published: HarperAlley - October 27th, 2020

This sweet story about family, balancing the old culture with a new one, food (lots of food), friendship and so much more has diverse, spunky characters who might not be as different (or confident) as they first seem. And did I mention it has food? Love of family, tradition and trying to make a place for oneself all comes together in a fun graphic novel for the eight to twelve crowd. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Single Volume by Neil Gaiman - Book Review

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By Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062421890
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Published: HarperAlley - September 19th, 2017

I was blown away by this gorgeous gripping graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Newbery and Carnegie-winning The Graveyard Book, which I’d somehow never read. With each chapter drawn by a different artist, this single volume edition adapted by Harvey and Eisner winning P. Craig Russell works as a unified whole with an aesthetic reminiscent of vintage Sandman. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


The Nixie of the Mill-Pond and Other European Stories by Kel McDonald - Book Review

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By Kel McDonald (Editor), Kate Ashwin (Editor), Kory Bing (Contribution by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781945820540
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Published: Iron Circus Comics - May 26th, 2020

This is one of those books that you think you know what is going on (there will be a Nixie that will do something in a mill-pond) but open it up and there is something completely different. On page one we find a Jack and the Beanstalk story. But this is not just any JITB tale. Jack decides to take the magic harp and make a traveling music show out of her. You see, this is not just about a Nixie in a Mill-Pond. This is an interesting collection of fairy/folk tales done in a graphic novel format with more than a few twists and turns. Some stories have a more modern tone or parts, while others seem to stay truer to the original. There are classical elements of “women roles” such as “to be married off” and “are the villain” but also a few contemporary princesses who kick some troll butt (even if one is wearing a cow’s body/or the cow is wearing her head…). There is magic, and shape-shifting trolls, talking cats, singing harps, magic beans, and great fortune exchanged for great sacrifice. Each story has its own unique voice and art as each artist puts their own spin on them. Some are favorites like Puss in Boots, Rapunzel and the Pied Piper. There are some you might not be as familiar with. But if you know classic European fairy/folk tales (predominantly from Germany but includes France, Italy, Russia and others) you might be more in the “know.” ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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