Time for graphic novels! Graphic novels have lots going for them: pictures that tell so much, great stories, and lots of action. I’ve grouped these books loosely in
order of difficulty.
Long Tail Kitty has 5 short adventures: at home, making a
new friend, skating with an old friend, cooking with friends, and playing with
alien friends. The last pages show how to draw long tail kitty. This is a good
beginner graphic novel.
Binky the cat and Ted, his stuffed mouse, fall out of a
window. Binky uses all his hero skills to combat space aliens (spiders and
bees) to get himself home again. But where is Ted? Oh no, he left him
outside—time to be a hero again!
writing, and playing the ukulele. Bullies chase him out of the forest and this
leads him to more adventures. He returns home to save his forest friends from
Ottoline and her small furry friend Mr. Munroe had me
interested from the first page to the last. Ottoline’s parents travel the world
collecting interesting things, leaving Ottoline to fend for herself, rather
like Pippi Longstocking. Even without the mystery, I would enjoy reading about
Ottoline—the mystery just makes it better.
Brothers Benny and Jack are not expecting much of their
family vacation on the coast of Maine. But when Benny is pinched by a lobster in a salt-water taffy
bin, things get more interesting. This is a quick and fun read and is first
of a series.
The author is a ballerina and this is her story of dance.
This book is full of inspiring story and has a very strong dance feel to it. A perfect book for dancers and those who think
Written by the author of the Babymouse, Amelia and
other series, this book is quite perfect. It’s like the diary I wish I could
have written in middle school, or any other time, for that matter. It’s funny,
charming, clever, and sad—just like life is, especially middle school.
Twelve-year-old Joey suddenly becomes the fastest person in
the world. He can run 100 miles an hour and do all of his chores before a
commercial finishes on TV. No one knows why but a drug company wants to use
Joey’s DNA for military purposes. The graphics are perfectly hyperactive.
I have known about Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey for a long
time and have admired their work with chimpanzees and mountain gorillas. But I learned
about Birute Galdikas and her work with chimpanzees just this week. Each woman’s
story is told in this terrific 3-chapter biography. If you want to learn about
these women, check out this book.
Check back on Friday for sites with lots more graphic novel