{comics} many happy returns

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl By Ben Hatke First Second 2014. That the entirety of Ben Hatke’s The Return of Zita the Spacegirl is an epic jailbreak comes as no surprise. From the very first book in the series, Zita has been held against her will—or has she? We know her slip through the portalContinue reading “{comics} many happy returns”

{comics} 15 & Fated

Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice by Mike Maihack Graphix (Scholastic) 2014 Comics you should already have read (and hopefully own) before the middle-grade years hit: Jellaby (Kean Soo), Zita the Spacegirl (Ben Hatke), Amelia Rules! (Jimmy Gownley) and Kazu Kibuishi’s Explorer and Amulet series (still incomplete). I’m obviously only naming a few. And I am beingContinue reading “{comics} 15 & Fated”

{comic} Good as Grace

Good as Lily by Derek Kirk Kim (Same Difference, Tune, The Eternal Smile) & artist Jesse Hamm (extensive resume) Minx 2007 A strange mishap on her eighteenth birthday causes Grace Kwon to be confronted with herself at three different periods in her life–ages six, twenty-nine, and seventy–while she and her friends struggle to save a crumbling school play.–publisher’sContinue reading “{comic} Good as Grace”

{comics} good literature

Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt, and artist Isabelle Arsenault translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou Groundwood Books, 2013. orig. Jane, le renard & moi (Les Éditions de La Pastèque, 2012) Hélène has been inexplicably ostracized by the girls who were once her friends. Her school life is full of whispers and lies — HélèneContinue reading “{comics} good literature”

{book} open mic

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices edited by Mitali Perkins Candlewick, 2013. (ages 12 & up) hardcover, 127pages w/ “About the Contributors.” Library loan. As Mitali Perkins observes in her “Introduction,” “humor has the power to break down barriers and cross borders. Once you’ve shared a laugh with someone, it’s almostContinue reading “{book} open mic”

{comic} questions

Who is AC? by Hope Larson, illustrated by Tintin Pantoja. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013. hardcover, 176 pages. 12 & up. borrowed from the Library because you know I am a big fan of Hope Larson’s work. “Meet Lin, a formerly average teenage girl whose cell phone zaps her with magical powers. But just asContinue reading “{comic} questions”

{comic} the art of shadows

Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge Amulet (Abrams), 2013. Trade Paper, 192 pages including “soundtrack,” author’s “inspiration board” for book, & recipe for “Blue Crush Cookies. ages 12 & up. Laura Lee Gulledge’s debut Page by Paige (2011) involved not only a great story about moving to a new place, finding new friends, romantic drama,Continue reading “{comic} the art of shadows”

{comics} delilah and her lieutenant

or is it The Lieutenant and his Delilah…? Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (book 1) by Tony Cliff First Second Books, 2013. Tradepaper, 176 pages. first half sample. “Delilah Dirk is the heroine of a series of adventure comics set during the early 19th century. Each story is completely self-contained, and they’re suitable for readers ofContinue reading “{comics} delilah and her lieutenant”

{comic} jack and jane

The Cute Girl Network by Greg Means, MK Reed, & Joe Flood (illus) First Second, 2013. tradepaper, 180 pages. Jane thinks Jack is the bee’s knees…but the cute girl network disagrees. (back copy) Jane is brand new to Brookport (think author hometowns Brooklyn and Portland), living with an old friend and documentary filmmaker Wendy, andContinue reading “{comic} jack and jane”

{comic} nothing could possibly have gone better

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong  Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks 01: First Second, 2013.  started: online.  Reasons I picked this up despite my general disinterest in ever entering High School in any form ever again: Faith Erin Hicks, First Second books, there is a rumor it is really funny. Having read it now, I’veContinue reading “{comic} nothing could possibly have gone better”