Graphic Novel

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PRIMATES by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks

I am excited about the nonfiction graphic novel Primates!  It tells the story of three female animal behaviorists:  Jane Goodall and her study of chimpanzees, Dian Fossey and her work with gorillas and Birsuté Galdikas and her study of orangutans. Told through brilliantly engaging illustrations which resemble the best ‘Sunday Comics’ style and brilliantly spare and … Continue reading

GIANTS BEWARE! by Jorge Aguirre Illustrated by Rafael Rosado

Brilliantly plotted, exquisitely illustrated, Giants Beware! is a funny, fast-paced adventure.  Recommended to me by my 11-year-old son, I thoroughly enjoyed this romp of a story. Claudette is a straight-talking, courageous young girl who is anxious to fight the Baby-Feet-Eating Giant who lives outside the protective walls of the city.  After repeatedly hearing the stories … Continue reading

ODD DUCK by Cecil Castellucci & Sara Varon

Odd Duck is a bright, engaging, colorful story about Theodora. More than a picture book but just as richly illustrated, Odd Duck is a graphic novel in chapters.  For young/beginning readers it is the perfect bridge from picture books to easy chapter books.  For older elementary readers it is still a well-crafted story about being … Continue reading

BLUFFTON by Matt Phelan

Bluffton is historical fiction in a graphic novel.  Henry Harrison lives in Muskegon, Michigan in the early 1900’s.  His parents own the local hardware store and Henry often works there as well.  Henry thinks life in his town is “quiet and ordinary” until the summer of 1908. In 1908 touring entertainers from the vaudeville circuit … Continue reading


Bad Island is a graphic novel by the author of Cardboard (a creative, well-plotted story about magical cardboard with both good and evil tendencies).  Bad Island relates the parallel father-and-son stories of a brave, generous alien race and a modern, 21st-century family. In the aliens’ story the son wants to fight with his father against … Continue reading

RAPUNZEL’S REVENGE and CALAMITY JACK by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale; Illustrated by Nathan Hale

                Rapunzel’s Revenge is a graphic novel that was recommended to me by my 10-year-old son and my (then) 8-year-old daughter.  My son read it first, then passed it to his sister, they passed it to me and I have now passed it on to my husband. Rapunzel’s … Continue reading

DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier

Drama is similar in tone and character to Telgemeier’s earlier work, Smile. The story is built around the musical theatre production at Eucalyptus Middle School.  The main character–a 7th grader named Callie–is an enthusiastic member of the stage crew.  Present at pre-production, auditions, rehearsals and performances, one aspect of the book allows the reader a … Continue reading

OZ: The Marvel Comic Series by Eric Shanower

  These graphic novels based on the classic series of stories about OZ by L. Frank Baum are spectacular!  The stories are delightful.  They lose none of their fun, their sense of adventure and magic in graphic novel form. I have to say that, for me, these elements were actually enhanced in this format.  Eric … Continue reading

SMILE By Raina Telgemeier

Smile is a quick and entertaining read.  Of the graphic novels I have read (which, unfortunately are not very many yet) Smile is easily one of my favorites.  It tells the story of the author’s ordeal during her middle school and high school years with dentists, orthodontists, periodontists–and some other kinds of “–dontists” I didn’t … Continue reading