Graphic Novels

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Picture books, graphic novels and fun…OH MY!

Published November 12, 2015 by neverwearmatchingsox

I have neglected my poor blog lately but not because I don’t love reading and posting, but OBOB is very time consuming.  I had a break in my schedule and found a bunch of advanced reader’s I haven’t read yet.  So thank you to Edelweiss and the publishers for allowing me access to these titles!

Up first is 10 Busy Brooms by Carole Gerber.  A fun rhyming counting Halloween book.  Great illustrations and very fun to read!  It is added to my “to order” list for next year.


Next is 10 Little Ninjas by Miranda Paul    .  With a cover like this what is not to like   love!!   I wasn’t sure what this was going to be so I found myself super excited when I found out it was more along the lines of “5 Little Monkeys” which I sing at storytime a lot! Great illustrations and so much fun this is on my to order list for the fall!


Finally, Matthew McElligott  has a new graphic novel coming out to add to the series of Mad Scientist Academy.  This on is titled The Weather Disaster.  He has some pretty fantastic books and now a graphic novel teaching about weather..  I even learned a couple of things!!






Focus on Illustrators part 2–Kazu Kibuishi

Published May 8, 2015 by neverwearmatchingsox

If you have an elementary or middle school kiddo, you may have heard Amulet being thrown around your literary household….if not, then let me share the beauty of Kazu Kibuishi with you.  In addition to being author and illustrator of Amulet, Kazu also was chosen to redesign the Harry Potter covers for Scholastic in 2013…and being an avid Harry Potter fan I was anxious to see what these new covers would be like.  In my humble opinion, they are amazing.  There a few different ways for you to experience Kazu..his website Bolt City is where you find out current information (, Gallery Nucleus has his art work for sale (, Scholastic has a page for him ( and just recently I discovered that he has signed a 3 book deal with Scholastic Graphix to celebrate Graphix 10 years in the industry (



Amulet book 6-Escape from Lucien

Published August 3, 2014 by neverwearmatchingsox

Amulet book one, The Stonekeeper, was my first graphic novel read…if only all gns could be like Amulet.  The kids at school are very anxiously awaiting the release of Escape From Lucien and I cannot wait to tell them that I have already read it.  Kazu is easily my favorite illustrator (not only because of Amulet but also because of Harry Potter, Cooper, and last but not least Explorer) and unfortunately for every other illustrator/writer, I compare them to him.  Thank you Scholastic and Netgalley for allowing me early access to this delight!

Big Birthday Bash–book 2 of The Misadventures of Salem Hyde

Published March 25, 2014 by neverwearmatchingsox

  Book 2 in my favorite graphic novel series.  I adore Salem.  She is fun and silly and full of adventure.  I read an ARC of this title and I feel privileged…the book isn’t finished and there were pencil drawings in the copy that I read….I love seeing a book come together.