Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Warning: graphic novel content!

Opening my daily Shelf Awareness email today -- an all-graphic novels edition -- I was only a little surprised to see my friend Robin talking about her love for graphic novels! Robin is the teen room librarian at the Brookline Library, where I spend a LOT of my free time, and I can vouch for her excellent (and expansive) taste in graphic novels.

Here are a few of our favorites to try!

Bookseller: Michelle
Title: American Born Chinese
Author: Gene Luen Yang
Genre: contemporary fiction/graphic novel; for fans of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Suggested reading level: age 12 and up
Synopsis: The three narratives of new-kid Jin Wang, TV’s Chin-Kee, and the legend of the Monkey King come together in heart-breaking and hilarious ways to spin a new tale on the age-old theme of figuring out just where one fits in.

Bookseller: Natasha
Title: Wonderland
Author: Tommy Kovac, Sonny Liew (illus)
Genre: graphic novel/fantasy
Suggested reading level: age 9 and up
Synopsis: “Mary Ann! Mary Ann!” Just who was this Mary Ann that the White Rabbit was looking for in the Disney Alice in Wonderland? This graphic novel, with incredibly vibrant illustrations, tells the story of the White Rabbit’s housemaid Mary Ann, picking up where the movie left off. Intrigue and fun abound!

Bookseller: Katie
Title: The Complete Persepolis
Author: Marjane Satrapi
Genre: graphic memoir; for fans of Maus or Blankets
Suggested reading level: age 15 and up
Synopsis: The struggles of a single teenager during the Iranian Revolution parallel those of a country asserting its independence in this heir to Spiegelman’s Maus. Marjane – in her dual roles as adolescent protagonist and adult narrator – is witty, courageous, and poignant; the black-and-white art is breathtaking.

Bookseller: Natasha
Title: Copper
Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Genre: graphic novel; adventure
Suggested reading level: age 9 and up
Synopsis: Great illustrations and characters that are both funny and a little deep make this a graphic novel not to be missed. Copper is a happy-go-lucky boy, and Fred is his mopey, existential dog. Together they get into all kinds of fantastical adventures. Reminds me of Calvin and Hobbes, with more fantasy.

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