Browsing Category : Graphic Novels

Compelling Graphic Novel


Today I have a compelling graphic novel that does not sugar coat the trauma wrought on families who have a member who is an addict.   This is a true story and will serve as a way for kids to develop empathy for others who face similar difficulties.  It also reminds us that families are complicated and loving and tough…

What Camp Is Really Like


Today I have a book that shares what camp is really like.  This one hit home for me.  My mom sent me off to camp on my own for several summers, and while I didn’t share all the same experiences as Vera, that feeling of trying to fit in is very real.   In the end, camp is usually a…

History Can Be Fun


Today I have a book that shows kids that history can be fun!  I have always said that I think history textbooks should be written in graphic novel format.  Our past is really a story of how we got to our present-day circumstances.  Bringing that story to life with an arc, a graphic component and humor will make it more…

Norse Gods Have Their Day


It is a good turn when Norse gods have their day and in graphic novel format no less!  I am insanely biased, being Norwegian and being named after a Norse goddess, but in the end who can blame me?  These stories are exciting, full of colorful characters, action-packed and pretty funny at times.  I give those Vikings mad props. Don’t…

Bittersweet Life in Middle School


Today I have a book that will ring true to kids who have a bittersweet life in middle school.  Victoria Jamieson is the author of the Newbery Honor book Roller Girl and her latest  adventure is also exploring growing up through the eyes of a tween girl.  But this time she shakes things up a bit by writing about a…

Graphic Novel About Managing Friendships


I think everyone one of us needs a graphic novel about managing friendships.  Fortunately for our girls, Shannon Hale has shared her experiences when writing the wonderful book Real Friends.  Hey, elementary school can be tough and girls can get their feelings hurt easily.  It is just nice to know that so many other people are feeling the same way and…

Book After Diary of a Wimpy Kid


Every parent needs a book after Diary of a Wimpy Kid to hand their child.  Illustrated novels are a great thing, and they keep the reading going. But let’s be honest, you may only be able to stand your kid reading the same story over and over for so long until you feel compelled to give them something else.  Jake the…

Nathan Hale’s Latest Adventure


Today I have Nathan Hale’s latest adventure.  What do you do next when you have an immensely popular graphic novel series based on great moments in history? Why create a post apocalyptic fantasy where the world is inhabited by aliens of course.  This is a departure for the author but a sucessful story into a new genre of graphic novel.…

Empowering Graphic Novel for Girls


Today I am reposting a review I did for an empowering graphic novel for girls.  This book won a well deserved Newbery Honor and helps make the case that graphic novels are a noteworthy form of literature for kids.  I love books that show that girls can be fierce and tenacious. This was the author’s debut graphic novel and she…