Genre: Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel Review: El De..

Graphic Novel Review: El Deafo

El Deafo is one of the best graphic novels I have read this year. This is a story based on the life of the author, Cece Bell, who grew up having to use a Sonic Ear to help her hear in school. There is a lot of humor in this book, along with many serious moments and a struggle to find a real friend. I cannot help but love Cece, who has her own moments where she is in the wrong. I think it will inspire kids to realize that even those other kids may seem different, they are just […]

Posted December 5, 2014
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Graphic Novel Review: Hilda..

Graphic Novel Review: Hilda and the Black Hound

Hilda and the Black Hound was one of the prettiest graphic novels I have opened in a while. I think I petted for a long time (and smelled it) before cracking it open. I love Hilda’s character design and I will have to hunt down the other books in this series to learn more about her. I like that this graphic novel can stand on its own. I haven’t read any of the other Hilda books, but I fell into the story just fine. One of the most charming parts of the book were the Nisses and their characteristics and […]

Posted November 30, 2014
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Graphic Novel Review: Siste..

Graphic Novel Review: Sisters

Sisters is another autobiographical story by Raina Telgemeier, in which Raina takes a road trip with her mom and younger siblings. The story mostly follows the two sisters and how they have a lot in common but rarely get along. I love Raina’s illustrations in the book and her story is one that reminds me of my own sister and our road trips when we were younger. We never got along and really didn’t settle our differences until we were adults. Since I was more of the Amara character, I felt like this book gave me an insight into how […]

Posted October 26, 2014
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Graphic Novel Review: In Re..

Graphic Novel Review: In Real Life

In Real Life is a gorgeously drawn graphic novel. Jen Wang does a fantastic job and I loved that they made Anda a bit overweight in her character design. I loved Anda as a character, she’s a teen who wants to belong and finds an gaming group of girls that makes her feel pretty awesome. The only problem is that this group is dedicated to getting rid of farming characters. It’s bad for the game, but when Anda gets to know one of the farmer’s, she realizes that these people are doing it for a job and in unfair circumstances. […]

Posted October 12, 2014
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Graphic Novel Review: The R..

Graphic Novel Review: The Rise of Aurora West

The Rise of Aurora West is a prequel to Battling Boy, a graphic novel I enjoyed thoroughly last year. I was excited to dive into this book because I found myself intrigued by Aurora West and was excited to get a little more time getting to know her. I love the comedy involved in this book, there’s some great moments where corny one liners and silly moments happen among all the danger and it really pulls the story into a different category. I always loved the humor of comics and superheroes and I love that that was tied into this […]

Posted September 25, 2014
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Graphic Novel Review: The S..

Graphic Novel Review: The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth is one of the funniest books I read this summer. A zoo at night turns into a theatre production and produces different Shakespearean plays. Macbeth is a well-known one and I’ve read it and seen several versions of it in the past. The funniest part was all of the ketchup references throughout the book. Instead of killing characters, the lion who plays Macbeth “eats” his problems and happens to have some stomach problems because of it. The artwork of the book is spectacular. I loved the different expressions of the animals in the […]

Posted September 21, 2014
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Graphic Novel Review: Julia..

Graphic Novel Review: Julia’s House for Lost Creatures

Julia’s House for Lost Creatures is one of the prettiest books I have ever read. I love Hatke’s illustrations. Zita the Spacegirl is one of my favorite graphic novel series and I love that he wrote a book in picture book format. I hope my students fall in love with Julia’s House for Lost Creatures like I did. I love the use of a turtle for Julia to move her house around. It reminds me of several various stories about the whole world being on a turtle. In general, I love the idea of moving houses, like in stories about […]

Posted September 11, 2014
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Graphic Novel Review: The Z..

Graphic Novel Review: The Zoo Box

The Zoo Box is a graphic novel that is more for elementary students and picture book format. I think my students would love this book, I loved the way that it flips roles of animals and humans in a zoo. What struck me at the beginning of the book is the way the siblings get along. At first I thought the older sister wouldn’t be so quick to play with her little brother, especially being the one in charge. That thought is probably due to my own experiences with an older sister who liked to boss around rather than play. […]

Posted September 4, 2014
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