Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Why Graphic Novels?

Explorer: The Mystery Boxes
edited by Kazu Kibuishi
Amulet Books (Abrams), 2012

Why Graphic Novels?
Because they're not always easy, and they're not always fluff.
The seven stories in this book all answer the question, "What's in the box?" but they all do it VERY differently.
Graphic Novel readers will enjoy finding the art and story telling of favorite authors Kazu Kibuishi (AMULET) and Raina Telgemeier (SMILE), and discovering the new styles of other graphic novelists.

by John Lechner
Candlewick Press, 2007

by John Lechner
Candlewick Press, 2009

Why Graphic Novels?
Because there are text structures like a prologue and an epilogue, a newspaper, a map, a song, journal entries and diagrams in a story that features a SEED as the protagonist!!

written by Jorge Aguirre
art by Rafael Rosado
story by Rafael Rosado & Jorge Aguirre
color by John Novak
additional color by Matthew Schenk
First Second, 2012

Why Graphic Novels?
Because the characters stay with us and make us hope for a sequel. (Franki's review here.)

written by Brandon Terrell
illustrated by Gerardo Sandoval
colored by Benny Fuentes
Stone Arch Books, 2011

Why Graphic Novels? 
So we can talk about stereotyping, and stated vs. implied themes, and how books are marketed.

written and illustrated by Mark Fearing
created by Mark Fearing and Tim Rummel
Chronicle Books, 2012

Why Graphic Novels?
Because they are not always quick reads. Sometimes they are 245 pages and 9 chapters long.
They make us think again about our Earth-centric view of the universe.
They give the terror of missing your bus and being the new kid at school a whole new dimension.

Why Graphic Novels?
Why not? They're FUN!!


  1. I'm always looking for new graphic novels to add to my classroom library. Your post gave me a few new ideas. Thanks!

  2. Oooh, thanks for this! I will look for them today. The kiddo is very devoted to his cell phone these days (sigh), but these ought to distract him for a while.

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  3. Thanks for the great addtions to my wish list that just keeps getting longer and longer!!


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