I don’t read graphic novels. Yet understand the appeal. You might ask yourself, what is a graphic novel? It is a complex story set in a traditional comic format. However, there is a lot more to it. Text is complicated and fully thought out. Illustrations are read. A reader sees the story literally and figuratively. However, the ones I was reading were never “my thing.” However, when I became a bookseller, I had access to all types of different graphic novels. Superheroes didn't do it; manga didn't do it; even Bone wasn't my thing (more on him later). I just had to keep looking.
The Jeff Stone series, Bone (a goofy character that appealed to kids of all ages), I noticed was getting a lot of attention. More than one kid who would say, “I hate reading,” would come back not just for the series, but for other books. These readers found out what I have always known. Reading is fun. So, I gave graphic novels another look and found many a catchy story. The illustrations and story mesh together so anyone can enjoy.
Starting off with the younger crowd we have Bird and Squirrel on the Run by James Burks. Bird doesn't have a care in the world. Squirrel is afraid of well, everything. When this unlikely duo journey south, the adventures are as wild and crazy as they are! Bright colors and simple text make this a buddy novel for the first to third grade reader. (READ MORE)