Monday, September 10, 2012

More Graphic Novels for All

As promised, here is the second bunch of graphic novels.They are also arranged roughly by reading and/or interest level. But check out the ones that look good to you. Outstanding stories and graphics are found on all levels. Click here for last week's graphic novels.

 Mo and Jo: Fighting Together Forever by Dean Haspiel and Jay Lynch
Mona and Joey are siblings who do not get along. When they become superheroes, their fighting gets in the way. Will Saw-Jaw ruin the day?

 Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss
Luke is a little boy on a mission. He must catch those pigeons. The graphics in this book are perfect. If you’ve ever been a kid driven to run, you’ll understand.

 Red Ted and the Lost Things by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Joel Stewart
Red Ted is a teddy bear who gets left on the seat of a train. He uses his thinking skills and some new friends to get back home. The graphics are quite clever, with a faded-out background and bright friends.

 Worm Gets a Job by Kathy Caple
There is an art contest and Worm is determined to earn money for a set of paints. His attempts to earn the money made me think of Curious George and the messes he always gets into. Ends up, Worm is quite a painter. There are at least 6 other Worm stories.

 Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith
Little Mouse’s mother tells him to get ready to go to the barn. Eagerly and carefully, Little Mouse gets dressed. But is that what his mother wanted him to do?

Shop Indie Bookstores      The Day Mom Finally Sna-pped by Bob Temple, illustrated by Steve Harpster
The kids in this family mean well, but… No wonder their mom snapped. This is part of the Stone Arch Graphic Novels series.

 Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
Emily, Navin and their mother move to their old family home. While cleaning the wreck of a house, their mother is kidnapped by a creature in the basement. This leads the children on a deadly chase into the magical world below their home. The story and graphics are dark and yet not too creepy. This is book 1 of the Amulet series.

 Otto’s Orange Day by Frank Cammuso and Jay Lynch
Otto loves orange so when a genie pops out of the lamp his aunt gives him, of course he wishes for an orange world. Be careful what you wish for!

 Bake Sale by Sara Varon
Cupcake owns his own bakery in New York City. His best friend Eggplant has invited him to Turkey to meet the famous baker Turkish Delight. This charming story made me forget all the characters are food.

 The Gingerbread Man: Loose in School  by Laura Murray, illustrated by Mike Lowery
I don’t know how many versions of The Gingerbread Man I’ve read in my life, but this is by far the funniest. Kids make the Gingerbread Man in class and then abandon him for recess. So…"I’ll run and I’ll run as fast as I can. I can catch them! I’m their Gingerbread Man!” This made me smile but when I read his further adventures and later verses, I had to laugh. (My favorite starts, “I’ll limp, I’ll limp…)

 Adopt a Glurb! by Elise Gravel
Looking for a pet? How about one that hatches from a hairy and smelly egg, walks up walls and plays tricks on you? Consider a Glurb! When you are done reading this fun book, you can create your own pet to star in a graphic novel.

 Alison Dare: Little Miss Adventures by J. Torres and J. Bone
12-year-old Alison Dare is a girl with a flair for action and adventure. Her mother is a world famous archeologist and her father is a librarian and masked super hero. Plus, her uncle is an international spy and master of disguise. Alison lives in a girls' school but still manages to have adventures.

 Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman 9781596436206
Hakata Soy was once the leader of a futuristic super team. When he starts attending Astronaut Academy, he wants to keep quiet about his past . But things aren’t going all that well. How will he find time to study Anti-Gravity Gymnastics and Tactical Randomness when he's got a robot twin on its way to kill him?

  The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow
Lydia and Julie are best friends who are in sixth grade. They have a plan: study the behavior of the popular girls at their elementary school so that by the time they get to middle school they too will be in the IN crowd. There’s a lot to like about this book. It’s funny, fun to read and insightful.

Have you discovered any good graphic novels that I missed? Please add them to the Comments Box!

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