Picture This: Graphic Novels for Kids


Picture This: Graphic Novels for Kids

It’s been a year since my last post on graphic novels. It’s time for another one! To help you find the right ones for you, I’ve added the suggested grade levels—example (2-3).


 The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka (1-4)

One book reviewer described this book as quirky—a good description! The Glorkian Warrior is a three-eyed alien with a flair for drama. He is assisted by Super Backpack, his portable weapon system. When they receive a mysterious call to deliver a pizza, they set out for their adventure. Goofy and fun.


 Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian by Michael Rex (2-4)

In Fangbone’s land, supporters of the evil Venomous Drool are getting ready to take over. But first Drool’s supporters have to piece together all the body parts of their ruler. To stop this from happening, Fangbone is sent off with the Drool’s big toe and somehow he ends up in a third grade class. Adventures include convincing his new classmates that the sun is actually a flaming eyeball, battling monstrous invaders, and facing down the school bully.


 The Horse-Riding Adventure of Sybil Ludington, Revolutionary War Messenger by Marsha Amstel and others (2-4)

During the American Revolution, a messenger arrives at young Sybil Ludington’s farm with bad news—British soldiers are starting to burn villages in the area. The messenger is too tired to continue so Sybil volunteers to ride from farm to farm through the dark forest. This is one of a series of true stories, History’s Kid Heroes. I look forward to reading more.


 Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (2-5)

Lunch Lady and Betty have been fired. In their absence, the bad guys they’d previously defeated take over Thompson Brook School. Fortunately, the Breakfast Bunch convinces them to return and do battle. This is book 10 of the series. These books always make me laugh.


 Battle for Home Plate by Chris Kreie, illustrated by Jesus Aburto (3-5)

Justin and Carlos are best friends who have played on the same baseball team for years. This year, though, they are on opposing teams, and are struggling to stay friends. This is part of the Sports Illustrated Kids Graphic Novels series.


 Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell (3-5) (sorry, no link)

This story takes place in England in the 1860s, a time when (according to the story) every town has its own monster. Problem is, the monster of the town of Stoker-on-Avon is not very scary and the townspeople find him a big disappointment. When the Stoker-on-Avon monster goes off on a journey with two friends, the town is open to attack by the dreaded Murk. Who will save the day?


 Bluffton by Matt Phelan (3-6)

The story is set in 1908 in a quiet town in Michigan. When a troupe of performers come to town, Henry Harrison’s life suddenly becomes MUCH more interesting. He meets Buster and the two become friends, filling their days with baseball and fishing and watching Buster practice his sometimes-dangerous acts with his father who drinks too much. This story is based on the life of Buster Keaton, a famous actor in silent movies.


 Amelia Rules! When the Past is a Present by Jimmy Gownley (4-7)

10-year-old Amelia is dealing with a bunch of stuff, including her mom is dating, she’s starting a new school year, and she has her first crush. This is book 4 of the Amelia series and you can’t help but like her.


 Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles by Frank Cammuso (4-8)

Artie King’s first days at Camelot Middle School are terrible. Among other lousy events, the school bullies choose him as their new victim. Things start to look up when a mysterious locker, that seems to be rusted shut, opens for Artie and a helpful stranger named Merlyn. Based on the King Arthur legends, this is a funny and fast-paced story.



Have a fun reading summer!


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