Children - Graphic Novels

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

Guts by Raina Telgemeier - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780545852500
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Published: Graphix - September 17th, 2019

Raina is back and this time she is sick. But the thing is? She is as healthy as a horse! Nobody can tell why her stomach wants to rebel at the slightest issue. But then again, they do not seem slight to her! This time around we experience Raina's journey through some bad stomach issues as she travels the roads of worries, food, friends, school and family. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki - Book Review

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By Mariko Tamaki, Steve Pugh (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781401283292
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Published: DC Ink - September 3rd, 2019

A well-done story that flows into a (possibly) new mythos of what you might be used to for Harley Quinn. Our Harleen Quinzel is a 15-year-old girl, with $5 and a backpack who is sent to Gotham to live with her estranged Grandmother, only to learn that she has passed away. The owner of the building, Mama (a proud, large gay man who runs and performs in a drag-show with other tenants) takes her in, on the condition she goes to school where she meets Ivy (a teen vegan who loves plants and fighting injustices) and the son of the family who is trying to “better” the community by condemning buildings, including Mama’s! All her life Harley has tried to set right wrongs she experienced, and she will help her new family by any means necessary. But since she tends to leap and not think, things do not go as planned. And don’t forget to read the illustrations, too. As there are fun nuggets that are not given through the text. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Fuzzy Baseball by John Steven Gurney - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781545804353
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Published: Papercutz - April 16th, 2019

This great graphic novel goes one step farther and gives you a story about trying in a modern context. We have a young possum who knows she can be a great team member, she keeps practicing until she can join her favorite team, The Fernwood Valley Fuzzies. And finally, they are up to bat to play against their rivals, The Rocky Ridge Red Claws. The only team The Fuzzies have not beaten once. Can they do it? With baseball puns (Jackie Rabbitson, Sandy Kofox, and Hammy Sosa) and animal puns (Gator Gibson, Stetch Giraffolo, and Fernado del Toro), allusions to another famous baseball game (one with a guy named Casey) and other fun goodies, this is a must have for your baseball lover, player or story enjoyer. Fun illustrations that are a homerun. Fast pace and bold, deep colors, we the readers will be root, root rooting for not only the home team but for book two, Fuzzy Baseball Ninja Baseball Blast. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden - Book Review

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By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250207562
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Published: First Second - September 10th, 2019

This graphic novel for the 14 to adult crowd can only be likened to as if it was the set up to a plot of a classic Twilight Zone episode (with a few modern elements: the two main charters are lesbians and there is a modern plot point). There is much build up but then nothing happens until the end for traditional action. It is there we get the supernatural elements hitting and hitting hard! There are creepy shadow men. A cat that might be magic. And one trippy car chase that ends up who knows where! And even though Tillie Walden’s text and illustrations are surreal at times up to then, you have had a fairly normal story up until then: Girl runs away. Conveniently finds an older neighbor. And they are both what the other needed. It is when they find a stray cat that things go into the Fifth Dimension. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781626722590
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Published: First Second - May 7th, 2019

Not an easy read for themes and there are no chapter breaks. There are a few spots where the story line takes a breath, but that is it. And that theme? How do you break up with someone who has broken up with you?” There is a lot going on in this 14 to adult graphic novel. Valero-O’Connell literally “paints” a picture of these characters in a manner that shows you who they are. Teens and adults should read this just to see “what is out there” for gender/sexuality stories but also, to read a story that shows how a relationship regardless who the partners are has its ups and downs and sometimes, no matter how good it feels, can be most toxic. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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