Monday, May 30, 2011

5 Graphic Novels for Kids

I’m new to graphic novels. Sure, I read comic books as a kid, but these are something much bigger than comic books. Longer and more complex. The books I chose this week have some things in common: the graphics aren't too complicated, the text isn't too tiny and the stories are quite interesting. Four of the five books also have book trailers, which I found fun to watch.
Squish, Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Squish loves comic books, especially ones starring his favorite hero, “Super Amoeba.” When his friend is threatened by the classroom bully, Squish tries being like his hero to help her. At the end of the book, there’s a real science experiment to try. This book is the first of the Squish series.
Bone: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith
When his not-so-nice cousin, Phony Bone, gets thrown out of Boneville, Fone Bone and his other cousin, Smiley, go with him. They end up in a strange and dangerous place. Soon, they get separated. Fone Bone has adventures and makes friends as he searches for his cousins. I love the graphics in this novel. There are many sequels to this very popular series.
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Zita and her best friend, Joseph, find a gadget that opens up a portal to another place. When Joseph is kidnapped, Zita sets out to rescue him. She travels from star to star searching for him, making friends along the way.
Joey Fly, Private Eye in Creepy Crawly Crime by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Neil Numberman
A long time ago, there were many adult movies with private eyes who made wisecracks about just about everything. Joey Fly is like those guys. His first customer is a beautiful butterfly who has had her diamond pencil box stolen. Joey Fly and his trusty assistant, a clumsy scorpion named Sammy Stingtail, work to find the box. This is the first book of a series.
The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis
Super-smart but friendless Julian is transferred to a new Junior High. Hoping to make friends, he pretends to be dumb. This doesn't work too well until he’s discovered by two science nuts and the Secret Science Alliance is formed. The three happily invent in their secret underground clubhouse and record their work their special book of ideas. They meet their first big challenge when their idea book is stolen and they suspect a local scientist.
I hope you have graphic novels to recommend. Please write them in the Comments box!

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