Series: Adventures in Cartooning #2
Published by First Second on September 18th 2012
Genres: Graphic Novel
Christmas is coming! The Magic Cartooning Elf and his friend the Knight join forces to make a Christmas comic for Santa to give to all the boys and girls in the world. As with previous installments in the Adventures in Cartooning series, Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special is a zany adventure story seamlessly integrated with nuggets of practical cartooning tips: how to write, illustrate, print, and distribute comics! It's a terrific holiday gift, and after reading it, kids will be inspired to make more gifts…with comics!
Plot: Santa Claus is getting ready for Christmas, when he realizes children do not want quality toys any more. He thinks up writing a comic book for children to enjoy and with the help of a special elf, they find an exciting Christmas story to send to children. When they are distributed, Santa still does not hear back from children and so the elf asks readers to create their own comic story to share to cheer Santa up. The humor and the fun format of this Christmas special of Adventures in Cartooning takes children on a silly and unique ride on how to get children to turn off their electronics for just one day.
Graphics: The illustrations and writing in this book are so imaginative and well-done that it makes for a fantastic read. This would be a great book to share with students on the importance of books and stories, whether in a graphic format or not.
Final Verdict: I think this should be in every elementary library. Students loved the first one in this series, so much I’ve had to replace copies every year because they fall to pieces from being read often. It has a great message for students and is a fun and engaging read.