More Graphic Novels Your Kid Should Read
In my last post I wrote a review on the book Real Friends and I made an argument for why you should let your kid read graphic novels (read it HERE). In this post I’m giving you a few of my favorites to get you started.
In children’s literature, a graphic novel is defined as “a book written in the style of a comic book… The format is what makes the story a graphic novel, and usually includes text, images, word balloons, sound effects, and panels.” (Source: Scholastic.com Read the full article HERE.)
At our house graphic novels are a favorite break from other longer pieces of literature, and they are a positive way to get reluctant readers on board with completing a whole story.
In no particular order (except for the last one on the list, that one is my favorite, favorite), here are some of the best graphic novels I’ve read this year.
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
This series is a fun retelling of the story of Jack and the beanstalk. Jack and his autistic sister, Maddy, plant a garden. When the plants begin to behave unexpectedly they call on the help of their (homeschooled!!!) neighbor. The first book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so you will want to have access to the second one right away. Bonus: Ben Hatke also wrote a great space drama called Zita the Spacegirl. Check that one out too.
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
A colorful and engaging story about the changes our lives and friendships can go through. Told in the voice of the main character, Astrid, Roller Girl paints a vivid picture of how confusing it can feel when your friend doesn’t want to spend time with you any more. Astrid has to find a way to succeed at roller derby and at being a true friend. Funny and poignant, Roller Girl is sure to please the athletic person in your life. One caution: the author uses the word a**-turd to illustrate a bad name someone calls Astrid.
The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
This one is a bit of a crossover as it has some written paragraphs as well as the traditional comic book style layout. When friends Andy and Terry need to meet a book writing deadline, they embark on a rollicking adventure through their treehouse searching for inspiration for their story. The 13-Story Treehouse is just plain fun. Don’t miss the sequels The 26-Story Treehouse, and the 36-Story Treehouse.
Drumroll please. It’s time for my favorite book on this list.
Babymouse the Musical by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm
The tenth book in the Babymouse series finds Babymouse onstage. Jam-packed with references to famous musicals and full of the humorous situations Babymouse usually ends up in, Babymouse the Musical is the very model of a modern major comic book (if you don’t get what I just did there, this book may not delight you quite as much as it does me!).
If you can name all the musicals featured on pages 76 and 77 you’re my personal hero. Give it a try in the comments below