by Jen Moyers (@jen.loves.books)
Though I've definitely come to love graphic novels and memoirs, my knowledge still hasn't reached the heights of the kids in my life. So, I thought I would share some of their faovrites as we prepare for our episode release this Wednesday, "Graphic Novel Recommendations."
My sons, who are currently 14 and 11, are still huge fans of graphic novels. Often, they find an author whose work they enjoy, and then they run through their entire backlist. Both Doug TenNapel and Chad Sell are favorites, and these are the books that started their appreciation.
Doug TenNapel's Ghostopolis (Amazon | Bookshop.org)
"A page-turning adventure of a boy's journey to the land of ghosts and back. Imagine Garth Hale's surprise when he's accidentally zapped to the spirit world by Frank Gallows, a washed-out ghost wrangler. Suddenly Garth finds he has powers the ghosts don't have, and he's stuck in a world run by the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who would use Garth's newfound abilities to rule the ghostly kingdom. When Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather's ghost, the two search for a way to get Garth back home, and nearly lose hope until Frank Gallows shows up to fix his mistake."
Chad Sell's Cardboard Kingdom (Amazon | Bookshop.org)
"Welcome to a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes, and their ordinary block into cardboard kingdom. This is the summer when sixteen kids encounter knights and rogues, robots and monsters--and their own inner demons--on one last quest before school starts again.
"In the Cardboard Kingdom, you can be anything you want to be--imagine that!
"The Cardboard Kingdom was created, organized, and drawn by Chad Sell with writing from ten other authors: Jay Fuller, David DeMeo, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Manuel Betancourt, Michael Cole, Cloud Jacobs, and Barbara Perez Marquez. The Cardboard Kingdom affirms the power of imagination and play during the most important years of adolescent identity-searching and emotional growth."
One of my favorite things is sharing my love of graphic novels with my niece, who is 14. The first graphic novel series she dived into is Raina Telgemeier's retelling of the Babysitters Club books. Since I was obsessed with Ann M. Martin's original series when I was a kid, this was so much fun.
Raina Telgemeier and Ann M. Martin's Kristy's Great Idea (Amazon | Bookshop.org)
"This graphic novel adapted by Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, is now available in full color!
"Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey are best friends and founding members of The Baby-sitters Club. Whatever comes up -- cranky toddlers, huge dogs, scary neighbors, prank calls -- you can count on them to save the day. Baby-sitting isn't always easy, and neither is dealing with strict parents, new families, fashion emergencies, and mysterious secrets. But no matter what, the BSC have what they need most: friendship.Raina Telgemeier, using the signature style featured in her acclaimed graphic novels Smile and Sisters, perfectly captures all the drama and humor of the original novel!"
My nephew, who is 10, prefers nonfiction, and animals are his passion. So the Science Comics series is right up his alley. While he likes all of these books, I thought this one was a fun starting place, providing a balance of information about books and the environment.
Maris Wicks's Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean (Amazon | Bookshop.org)
"Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic--dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you!
"This volume: in Coral Reefs, we learn all about these tiny, adorable sea animals! This absorbing look at ocean science covers the biology of coral reefs as well as their ecological importance. Nonfiction comics genius Maris Wicks brings to bear her signature combination of hardcore cuteness and in-depth science."
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