We’ve been tearing through the graphic novels lately, so I’m posting an update.
We’ve found a couple of good new books. As I write this, Mushroom is enjoying Earthling by Mark Fearing. It’s the story of a boy who is worried about starting school as the new kid. Through a bizarre accident, he ends up at an alien school where he sticks out even more than he feared. It’s cute and humorous, and I like the art style.
BalletBoy, meanwhile, is reading Giants Beware by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre. It’s a fantasy adventure about a young girl who is determined to fight giants. Both the art style and the story would probably appeal to fans of the Bone series. The heroine, Claudette, is one daring little girl. I didn’t make it all the way to the end before handing it over to BalletBoy so I’ll have to swipe it later and finish it.
The other series that both kids have enjoyed is The Elsewhere Chronicles by Nykko and Bannister. This is a series that’s up to volume five and comes in translation from French. Because of that (at least, I assume that’s why) the text isn’t as integrated on the page as I personally like and has a bit of an added on by a computer feeling. In general, I wasn’t that big a fan of the art in this series. However, the story, about a group of friends who find a secret door to another place, is certainly exciting fantasy.
Mostly, we’re in the waiting game for September with graphic novels. There are a slew of sequels coming out in the fall that both my boys have begged for already and we’ve had to pre-order. We’re especially psyched for volume five in the Amulet saga and the second Zita book.