Ok, this week I am sharing some graphic novels that really tickled my fancy!
As many of you who read my blog know, I am not a huge fan of graphic novels. By that I mean I really don't enjoy reading a story in comic book form. Maybe my eyes are going or maybe I am just old and crotchety, but I end up squinting every time I have to read what is in those talk bubbles!
However, I do recognize that these books are far more complex and creative than ever before, and they fill a wonderful reading niche for kids. Let's just say I can appreciate the genre, even if I need reading glasses to get through the first page.
This week I was surprised by the wonderful books I found. Giants Beware is just delightful and I might have read it even if this wasn't my job. Rapunzel's Revenge is a rootin' tootin' good time and I am still floored by the creativity of its authors. Finally Mal & Chad is perfect for those boys who are moving out of early readers.
Title: Giants Beware
Author: Jorge Aguirre, Ilustrated by Rafael Rosado
Target: Grades 2-4
Series: Not at this point
What this book is about:
Claudette fancies herself a giant-slayer, and pity the fool who will stop her. A wall has been built around her town to keep out the local baby-feet-eating giant and no one is allowed to leave its confines. However Claudette, her brother Gaston, and her best friend Marie decide that they will rid the town of this fear and venture outside the walls for the first time. Will they be able to find the giant, and if they do, will they be able to neutralize the threat?
Why I love this book:
First off I sometimes have trouble with the illustrations in graphic novels. They feel so small and overwhelming. I can say that without a doubt, the illustrations by Rafael Rosado in this book are marvelous. They are clear, full color, and large enough to see all the details of the character’s surroundings and emotions.
Secondly, I just loved the characters themselves. Claudette is feisty and determined, but still needs her friends. Her brother Gaston thinks he is a coward (and a gourmand) but comes through when it counts, and her friend Marie is an aspiring princess but not in the girly sense, in the sense of loyalty and kindness.
Who this book is for:
This book should appeal to all kids. It is a fun/funny adventure with delightful characters. If your kids liked Bone or Amulet, this series may be particularly tempting.
I hope there are more Claudette adventures to come!
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