Children - Graphic Novels

The Boy Who Became a Dragon: A Biography of Bruce Lee by Jim Di Bartolo - Book Review

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By Jim Di Bartolo, Jim Di Bartolo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338134117
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Published: Graphix - February 4th, 2020

If you are looking for a pure biography of Lee, this isn’t it. It is a great story about a person growing up in Hong Kong in the 1950s. A boy who had much anger and a sense of who he thought he was; a young man who had to deal with the gangs and violence of the streets; someone who saw the horrors of World War Two. The prejudices he faced among his own people as well as whites, shaped him into the performer, martial arts expert, and man we knew. The artwork is both gorgeous and grotesque when required. The blacks and purple of bruises, the red of blood or the symbolic dragon Lee was born under and the 1950s styles come to life. Facts you may or may not know about Lee play out as if they are a movie. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Animus by Antoine Revoy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781626721838
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Published: First Second - May 8th, 2018

Revoy spins a tale based on the Japanese and French comics of his youth. This modern thriller-horror story theme is simple: an innocent looking playground has more than one not-so-innocent piece to it: swings you can enter others dreams with, statues that let you hear the thoughts of people and animals, a slide that turns you into a baby if you climb up or an old person if slide down. And the most sinister is the masked-child. Is he there because he is a child-ghost, unable to cross over or is his goal darker? Turns and some major twists make this 14 and up graphic novel gut wrenching good. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki - Book Review

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By Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), Mariko Tamaki
ISBN: 9781596437746
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Published: First Second - May 6th, 2014

A snap shot of two girls during the summer their innocence is partly-lost, one comes to an understanding of herself and both learn that growing pains take on different forms. The themes, language and situations are realistic. There is some mature language and while no actual sexual scenes are shown, images can be sexual with overtones to having sex and pregnancy. Therefore, this is for mature/strong ages 13 to adult. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781626720534
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Published: First Second - June 11th, 2019

Every autumn the village places lanterns in the river and lets them float off to the unknown. Legend has it, they become stars. This year, Ben and his friends are determined to follow the lanterns to their end. They make a pact: No one turns for home. No one looks back. Yet, eventually all but Ben and “tag-along” Nathaniel, are left. That will not stop Ben. Tonight, is the night for adventure. Even if that adventure includes a talking bear, a busy witch, a giant dog, a rickety gondola boat and catching the sun. Color, or the lack of, plays an important part. Mostly there is blue and dark colors with scattered white and yellow of light. Text and illustrations complement each other perfectly for the 10 to 14 (to adult) crowd. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Way Home (Owly #1) by Andy Runton - Book Review

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By Andy Runton, Andy Runton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338300659
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Published: Graphix - February 4th, 2020

This graphic novel is good for young readers with its basic story and simple text creating a strong story. Owly wants to help the other animals in his neighborhood, but his intentions are misunderstood, until he helps Wormy. With a message of being kind and knowing others are different (Owly speaks in images only, while the other characters speak text only and Wormy speaking both) this is a modern tale fore the 7 to 10 crowd. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781534431454
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Published: Aladdin - September 3rd, 2019

Modern themes and humorous characters surround Moth, our heroine, a typical teen trying and not able to fit in. But when she accidentally causes magic, she learns that something (not so) wicked this way comes. She is a witch. Her mother was born in the 1600’s (and looks marvelous for her age) and the man (Mr. Laszlo) who owned the second-hand shop they now run, is a talking cat. The adventures of misadventures of Moth, her family and friends are in a fresh, graphic novel format for ages 10 to 14. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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