{comic} a secret worth sharing

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes First Second, 2015 My copy was an Advanced Readers Copy thanks to First Second & NetGalley Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students….

{comic} BFFs

Little Robot by Ben Hatke First Second, 2015. Advanced Reader Copy (thank you First Second/Net Galley) in exchange for a fair review. When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time. Now, she finally has a friend. But the big, bad…

{comics} exquisite corpse

Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu originally: Cadavre exquis (Gallimard 2010) ARC via Netgalley w/ free and fairly regarded gratitude to First Second Books. Anticipate their English translation (by Alexis Siegel): May 2015. – Zoe isn’t exactly the intellectual type, which is why she doesn’t recognize world-famous author Thomas Rocher when she stumbles into his apartment…and into his…

{comics} no sleeping beauty

The Rise of Aurora West By Paul Pope; J. T. Petty; David Rubín (Illustrator) (First Second Books 2014) tradepaper. Having read Paul Pope’s Battling Boy, naturally I was eager to seek out The Rise of Aurora West. We’d met Aurora West in Battling Boy as the recently orphaned (before our eyes) daughter of Arcopolis’ Science Hero Haggard West. The Rise…

{comic} revealed

Hidden : A Child’s Story of the Holocaust Written by Loïc Dauvillier; Illustrated by Marc Lizano Color by Greg Salsedo; Translated from the French by Alexis Siegel First Second Books, 2014. Ages 6-10; Grades 1-5.  Encouraged to talk about her evident sadness, a grandmother shares her memories long hidden about her experience as a child…

{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 being…

{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 of…

{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’ve…

{comic} curiosities

The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects by Mike Mignola; Dark Horse Comics, 2010. “The Amazing Screw-On Head” is the first short story of the collection wherein President Abraham Lincoln calls Screw-On Head to action. The Emperor Zombie who in life was Professor H.G. Manifold has gotten hold of a dangerous manuscript that no one…

{comic} days like these

Days Like This Written by J. Torres Illus. by Scott Chandler Oni Press, 2003. I slipped this one off the Library shelf, my eye caught by a cover with three young black women on it. 1960s isn’t a fascination for me as a general rule, music included, but I was curious. That it is J….

{comic} her permanent record

Amelia Rules! Her Permanent Record (#8) by Jimmy Gownley Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon&Schuster), 2012. I’m not entirely sure how Amelia Rules! has stayed as small as it has. Early on it was on every short list of comics to recommend the juvenile set. Goodreads does not even have the eighth and final installment…

{comic} the underwater welder

The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire Top Shelf Productions, 2012; trade paper, 220 pages. Moving home with a wife after earning a degree in English Lit, Jack Joseph works as an underwater welder on an oil rig off the coast of Nova Scotia. Deep-sea work is a dangerous job, and the time to live dangerously is…