little wonder

Little wonder Sara Varon’s Robot Dreams is on everyone’s recommendation list for Graphic Novels for Kids. A wordless comic, Robot Dreams includes the youngest audience without alienating the older ages. Couple expressive wordless frames with a soft friendly color palette and cartoonish animal figures and you have an easy sell for the elementary set. AndContinue reading “little wonder”


Meanwhile: Pick Any Path 3,856 Story Possibilities by Jason Shiga Amulet Books, 2010. 80 pages, hardcover. Chocolate or Vanilla? This simple choice is all it takes to get started with Meanwhile, the wildly inventive creation of comics mastermind Jason Shiga, of whom Scott McCloud said “Crazy + Genius = Shiga.” Jimmy, whose every move isContinue reading “meanwhile”

welcome Hereville

I found this read via The Happy Nappy Bookseller. I tried to make this rambling post spoiler-free and w/ some brevity (as you know I could go on and on)…but I can go ahead and tell you that this a middle-grade graphic novel even adults would enjoy. I recommend it. Hereville: How Mirka got herContinue reading “welcome Hereville”

calamity jack

Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale Illustrated by Nathan Hale Bloomsbury, 2010. 144 pages. It’s Jack’s turn to be re-told with a creative twist. Calamity Jack is the sequel to the graphic novel Rapunzel’s Revenge (2008); and if you’ve read the first you will remember that Calamity Jack is the Jack from that BeanstalkContinue reading “calamity jack”

amelia rules

Disruptive, Destructive, and Disrespectful: 3 accusations against Amelia McBride at her new school. On the first day no less! And why yes, she is a delightful young lady. You and your children should get to know her better. I can promise you, you won’t regret it. *** page 34 of the episode charmingly titled “TheContinue reading “amelia rules”

libraries unlimited

(N before a growth-spurt, hair cut, & summer tan; but she still loves grandma’s reading chair and and still has active toes while reading) Went to the Library yesterday. It was the last time we planned to visit the inside of that branch in this city/district.  I had canceled all requests but one and thatContinue reading “libraries unlimited”

finds of the graphic nature.

The comics/graphic novels have not been moved out of the non-fiction Art section, but the shelf is getting fuller. One thing at a time, I guess. Last week, our Library Haul consisted mainly of comics; as did today’s. There was the usual browse for any Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew Graphic series books Natalya hasn’tContinue reading “finds of the graphic nature.”

one; two one-fourths; one third; and a half.

I read one book this weekend and started three; and Natalya and I are continuing Frances Hardinge’s The Lost Conspiracy. ** One:  The book read and finished in a sitting was Kazu Kibuishi‘s Copper (Graphix; 2010). The book is shelved in Children’s Non-Fiction Art section with their graphic novels and comics. Copper is a collectionContinue reading “one; two one-fourths; one third; and a half.”


Chiggers written and illustrated by Hope Larson Lettered by Jason Azzopardi Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster, 2008 171 pages. We are ever on the look-out for juvenile comic books (or graphic novels) that look interesting. Natalya is not quite the superhero comic reader (yet). She gravitates toward Kazu Kibuishi, Kean Soo’s Jellaby,Continue reading “chiggers”

Rabbi Harvey

The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom and Wit in the Wild West by Steve Sheinkin Jewish Lights Publishing, 2006. 123 pages. I found a review of The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey by Steve Sheinkin on the blog Welcome to My Tweendom. Ever on the look-out for a kid friendly yetContinue reading “Rabbi Harvey”