Children - Graphic Novels

Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas - Book Review

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$12.99
ISBN: 9780063056763
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Published: HarperAlley - May 17th, 2022

On the surface this is a cute story of middle school woes. But on the deeper end is also a book that has several themes. There is fear: Bree is afraid of water as she cannot swim. There is family and friends: Bree and her father have a strong relationship. Bree’s new friends help her when she needs them the most. And history: The racism faced by black communities due to segregated pools and poorly maintained ones in their neighborhoods. The theme of puzzles also comes into play. This is how Bree solves many of the issues she faces, by breaking them down into pieces and finding how they fit. A fresh and familiar coming-of-age story. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza by Mac Barnett - Book Review

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By Mac Barnett, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063084087
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 10th, 2022

There are puns, pizza, moon dust, and a poetry writing/quoting worm to name a few things that this story has. Sent by Earth scientists and generals (with interesting colloquialisms) to stop the space rats from eating the moon, our hero cat must save the day. When there, they meet new friends (a toenail clipping robot and the Moon Queen to name a few) that will get them through danger and mayhem. Old fashioned villains, villains that want to be heroes but are only villains, spaceships, and food in tubes fill out the edges. Goofy humor that is more than punny are the words of the day. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Bug Boys: Adventures and Daydreams: (A Graphic Novel) by Laura Knetzger - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593309520
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Published: Random House Graphic - May 31st, 2022

My six year-old daughter and I adore the first two volumes of Bug Boys, and I've been a huge fan since way back when I was buying black and white Bug Boys zines from Laura Knetzger at the Small Press Expo. It's my favorite kids comic and this new volume looks absolutely stunning. Rhino-B and Stag-B are beetles and best friends who live in Bug Village. They work at the library and go on many journeys and think big existential thoughts. Filled with easy-going stories of friendship and adventure and wonderfully drawn in an expressive and joyful style. Laura Kneztger has created a comic book equivalent to Frog and Toad and I just love it so much. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


Realm of the Blue Mist: A Graphic Novel (The Rema Chronicles #1) by Amy Kim Kibuishi - Book Review

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$12.99
ISBN: 9781338115130
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Published: Graphix - April 5th, 2022

Our young heroine, Tabby, is still dealing with the death of her beloved father a few years ago. Her mother seems “ready to move on” and forget, but Tabby can’t. When a mysterious stranger appears out of seemingly nowhere, Tabby is pulled into another world, where there is magic, mystery and danger. Can she survive long enough to learn the truth about her father’s death? And who or what is the odd ghostly figure that keeps appearing? A familiar fantasy, with a few new twists and turns. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Lumberjackula by Mat Heagerty - Book Review

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By Mat Heagerty, Sam Owen (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534482579
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 19th, 2022

Jack wants to please his parents by doing what they want him to do. However, neither choice is exactly right for him. He has a need, a need to DANCE! But when your mother is a lumberjack and your father a vampire, you must decide which side you are on. Or do you? And Jack finds out how to be himself and make his family happy with help from new friends and a Grandpa that looks like a sweeter Mel Brooks from Hotel Transylvania. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Wingbearer by Marjorie Liu - Book Review

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By Marjorie Liu, Teny Issakhanian (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062741158
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 1st, 2022

A diverse story that emphasizes friendship, loyalty, conservation, spirituality, family, and the past with how it shapes the present and ultimately the future. These characters are sweet, naive, sassy, brassy and full of themselves. There is magic, adventure, and a journey that is as familiar as it is fresh. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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