What’s New in Graphic Novels for Kids
Fuzzy Baseball by John Steven Gurney (ages 6 – 10)
Action Lab: Dog of Wonder Volume One: Who Let the Dogs Out? by Vito Delsante, Scott Fogg, Rosy Higgins, and Ted Brandt (ages 7 – 10)
Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror by Paige Braddock (ages 7 – 10)
If you like misadventures and irony, you’ll love this funny graphic novel about a kidnapping and daring rescue. Cecil gets snatched by a 3rd grade classroom on a field trip and is taken to the classroom terrarium where he meets a very goofy, motley group of animals. Not to worry though, most of Cecil’s friends pile in to Jeff the hamster’s radio controlled helicopter to rescue him. But when they arrive, Cecil is gone! (You’ll love the twist.) This is a perfect book for newer readers who will appreciate the big font and easy-to-follow sequence of images.
Big Nate: What’s a Little Noogie Between Friends? by Lincoln Peirce (ages 8 – 12)
Another hilarious winner in the Big Nate series of books. From school picture fiascos to girl trouble and detentions, these are laugh out loud funny and a kid-favorite! (attn: Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans, you will LOVE this series!)
Caveboy Dave More Scrawny Than Brawny by Aaron Reynolds and Phil McAndrew (ages 7 – 10)
Dave Unga-Bunga isn’t much of a hunter, mostly because he’s more of an inventor like his grandfather and father only his inventions aren’t taken seriously (the torch, the fork, underwear?!). But things change during a terrifying and disastrous hunting class experience and Dave’s inventions save he and his friends. The story is goofy and comical with a good dose of potty humor.
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks with Jordie Bellaire (ages 9 – 12)
First in an Asian-influenced series about an occupied city, we meet two kids from different clans and backgrounds who become unlikely friends. Kaidu is a Dao and new to the Nameless City where he’s studying to be a soldier. Rat is a street girl who teaches Kaidu how to survive in the city. Together they save the city’s leader from an assassination plot. The action and characters are compelling and thought-provoking. I can’t wait for the next book in this series, The Stone Heart.
Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson (ages 8 – 12)
The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw by Mark Crilley (ages 8 – 12)
The lessons within this graphic novel story will inspire and educate young artists. I especially liked the juxtaposition of the boy, David’s, eagerness to his teacher, Becky’s, reluctance. The lessons are woven within the larger story of a young boy named David who asks a young woman named Becky to give him drawing lessons. She reluctantly agrees, first asking him to draw her watch. This becomes a lesson in seeing scale, the blank spaces, and the differences between the real watch and the drawing. She declines other lessons saying she’s not a teacher but David bumps into her (even finding her house!) and she continues (reluctantly) to give him lessons on shadowing, loose sketching, negative space, proportions, and more. The Drawing Lesson is marvelous graphic novel that both entertains and teaches. Great for aspiring artists.
Fish Girl by David Wiesner and Donna Jo Napoli (ages 8 – 12)
Apollo: The Brilliant One by George O’Connor (ages 10 – 14)
Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt by George O’Connor (ages 10 – 14)
Gods and Thunder: A Graphic Novel of Old Norse Myths by Carl Bowen and Eduardo Garcia
If you know Norse mythology, you know the stories are often quite violent, among other characteristics. So if that’s not your thing, this isn’t the book for you. These stories show some of the background of Odin and his sons and depict Loki as the villain, not as a trickster. This graphic novel is well done and easy-to-read with excellent illustrations.