Children - Graphic Novels

A Novel Idea

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)

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Out from Boneville (BONE #1): Out From Boneville Cover Image
By Jeff Smith, Jeff Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439706407
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Published: Graphix - February 1st, 2005

The Storm in the Barn

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ISBN: 9780763652906
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Published: Candlewick - September 27th, 2011

The roughly sketched panels match the rough story, tense and emotional. Dust-bowl era America, but with the feeling of ancient folklore, throwing Jack up there with Prometheus.

Stickman Odyssey, Book 1: An Epic Doodle by Christopher Ford - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399254260
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Published: Philomel Books - August 4th, 2011

Graphic novels look interesting, but still not sure you want to read one? "Stickman" is funny and clever and will have you hooked in no time. Join Zozimos on his quest to find Stickatha.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

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ISBN: 9780810994737
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Amulet Books - February 1st, 2008

Middle school student Greg is back and he is just as funny (and with as many problems) as before. Once again Greg's not diary is filled with the wonderful musings and illustrations of Greg as he tries to survive middle school, odd friends, family, and one too many secrets. See how it all started in the New York Times #1 Bestseller Diary of a Wimpy Kid. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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ISBN: 9780810993136
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Published: Amulet Books - April 1st, 2007

First, in spite of what the title says, this is not a diary. It is just 6th grader Greg's thoughts. If you think your middle-school is tough, read this to see how Greg faces the joys, problems, adventures in friendship and more of middle-school in this humorous novel with a twist. Read more about Greg in Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette 

The Arrival

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By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439895293
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 1st, 2007

At its heart, The Arrival (ages 10 & up) is a very touching story of immigration. Told with many precise illustrations, a separated family must reunite in a strange new world. Each member has a singular journey through author Shaun Tan's invented world, every detail adding to the layers of his story. Offering a glimpse into both worlds, this is a tenderly drawn book for all children and adults who love to look at pictures and to see things differently.


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