Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Graphic Novels

Akissi: Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet 

Akissi: Tales of MischiefWith playful language and irreverent humor, Akissi and her family take readers on a tour of daily life in West Africa. This is more comic than graphic novel; each episode stands on its own. But readers’ affection for Akissi and their understanding of her environment will grow as the collection progresses. Readers may be unfamiliar with some activities, such as having to go outside to use the bathroom or sitting for many painful hours getting your hair braided. And some episodes may shock readers, like when Akissi contracts a tapeworm! Akissi is always scheming… and often getting caught in hilarious ways. 

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator 

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell 

The Cardboard Kingdom book coverWhat can you do with cardboard, an imagination, and break from school? In the graphic novel, Cardboard Kingdom, the neighborhood kids create a whole new world with a sorceress, a gargoyle, and more. Each chapter introduces you to a new kid and his or her’s cardboard creation like a banshee or a mad scientist. The chapter also shows you what is going on in that particular kid’s life, which could be good or bad. For example, one kid is dealing with bullies and another kid’s parents are getting a divorce. However, through their friendship and creation of their cardboard kingdom, every day of summer is fun. This colorful graphic novel is a great read and may lead to you creating your own Cardboard Kingdom. 

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian 

The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America/La Matadragones: Cuentos de Latinoamérica by Jaime Hernández

The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America Book CoverHow can a servant defeat a seven-headed dragon? What happens when a woman’s husband, who happens to be a mouse, falls into the soup? What can a lazy man learn from a thousand leaf-cutting ants? This book converts famous Latin American myths into comics. There are tricks, bravery, jokes, magic, and more in this fast and fun read.

¿Cómo se enfrentaría una sirvienta a un dragón de siete cabezas? ¿Qué pasa cuando el esposo una mujer, que resulta ser un ratón, cayó en una hoya de sopa? ¿Qué puede aprender un joven de un millar de hormigas cortadoras de hojas? Este libro convierte famosos mitos de Latino América en cómicos. Hay trucos, coraje, bromas, magia, y más en esta lectura rápida y divertida.

There are English and Spanish copies of this book. The call numbers are: J GRAPH 398.209 LAT HER or J SPANISH 398.209 LAT HER

 

Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Librarian

Zenobia by Morten Dürr

Zenobia Book CoverAmina is fleeing Syria in a boat with a lot of other people. The boat capsizes, and the people fall into the Mediterranean Sea. As Amina sinks in the water, she remembers her family and the ancient hero Zenobia, Queen of ancient Syria. Zenobia gives her courage not to panic in the water.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry

Graveyard Shakes book coverThis lively graphic novel features unique settings: a boarding school and a large ghostly crypt underneath a nearby cemetery. While sisters Katia and Victoria begin a challenging adjustment to a private boarding school, Little Ghost, a sensitive ghost, discovers that Modie, a kind Frankenstein-type boy, is being kept alive by his father through nefarious means. One fateful and stormy night, the paths of Katia, Victoria, Modie, and Little Ghost suddenly intersect with dramatic results.

Book reviewed by Amy M., Youth Services Assistant