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!!
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 (http://boltcity.com/), Gallery Nucleus has his art work for sale (http://www.gallerynucleus.com/artist/kazu_kibuishi), Scholastic has a page for him (http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/bookwizard/books-by/kazu-kibuishi#cart/cleanup) and just recently I discovered that he has signed a 3 book deal with Scholastic Graphix to celebrate Graphix 10 years in the industry (http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/comics/article/65449-new-telgemier-kibuishi-deals-mark-graphix-s-10-year-anniversary.html).
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!
So I had not ever heard of this book until I went on Flying Eye Books website (http://www.flyingeyebooks.com/) and put it on hold at the library. What fun! Written in mostly in graphic novel format, this instructional book will be a fun addition to any school or home library.
I was so excited to find out that I can read the advanced reader’s copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley and Scholastic. I cannot wait to tell the kids at school that I got to read it before them…..As soon as I read it I will post a review.
Theodora is a perfectly normal duck…..Chad, on the other hand, is one strange bird. In this graphic novel by Cecil Castellucci, Theodora and Chad become neighbors and each of them thinks the other is strange. Great illustrations and font that is easy on the eyes text, this is a great reader for all.
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.
I think that making graphic novels that are non-fiction is BRILLIANT. There are so many reluctant readers, why not grab their attention with more pictures and less text. I rec’d this as an ARC from Netgalley and the publisher (thank you:-). I enjoyed this book and learned things along the way (or remembered things..who’s to say at my age?!)I think having a series of non-fiction graphic novels in a school library is a great way to start kids on their journey of reading to learn.
I got this as an ARC from Netgalley and the publisher. I was hesitant on asking for it as I have a hard time with Graphic Novels. However, I am super glad I did get it. Frank Cammuso also writes the Dodgeball Chronicles, which the kids at my school L-O-V-E. I decided it would be a good idea to read a new one from him so that I could give the kiddos an honest recommendation.
I absolutely adored this book. Salem reminds me of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (and yes, I love Sabrina). There is adven–MISadventure, friendship and fun. I hope that this will become a series and I will definitely add this to my collection at school.
I received this as an ARC from Netgalley and the publisher. I am not a huge graphic novel reader as I tend to get distracted easily. However I didn’t get distracted with this and I think part of it was being that I was reading a digital copy. I found this book to be riveting and sad. It was well written, beautifully illustrated and I feel it would be a must buy for public or high school libraries.