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Out From Boneville

BONE #1: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith My prior knowledge of the Bone series is this:  The school librarian at my K-4 elementary school had a sign hanging by her desk saying that students who wished to take out … Continue reading

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Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door

Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray by Nick Bruel I first met Bad Kitty when she was just a picture book wreaking alphabetical havoc on the household. But Bad Kitty has evolved into a my first graphic novel style enterprise. This … Continue reading

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Castle Waiting

Castle Waiting by Linda Medley I can honestly say I have never read anything like Castle Waiting. Epic in size, it’s a twisting winding tale which references many familiar fairy tales but also introduces unique characters and stories.  Those hunting … Continue reading

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Rapunzel’s Revenge

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale In this retelling of Rapunzel, our heroine is living in a world reminiscent of the Wild West.  The evil witch who stole her is called Mother Gothel and rules over a large … Continue reading

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American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang Gene Luen Yang weaves together three stories in this graphic novel: there is the tale of the Monkey King who yearns for acceptance and his deserved place as a God; the story of … Continue reading

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The Littlest Pirate King

The Littlest Pirate King by David B. This is one of those books I’m just not cool enough to get.  A ship of skeleton pirates sails onward wishing for death.  I know.  They’re already dead, they just want to be … Continue reading

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Zeus: King of the Gods

Zeus actually comes before Athena in George O’Connor’s Olympians series.  It makes sense, as O’Connor takes us back to the very beginning of creation and tells the story of Zeus up to where he claims Mount Olympus and the Gods … Continue reading

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Athena: Grey Eyed Goddess

It’s about time I reviewed a graphic novel.  Honestly though, I know next to nothing about graphic novels.  This one was a finalist for the 2010 Cybils though so it’s fair to say I’m starting at the top.  Being a … Continue reading

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The Arrival

Shaun Tan’s book, The Arrival, completely overwhelmed me.  Despite not containing a single decipherable word, the story is complex and layered; so much so that I immediately re-read it in order to make sense of things. Using only pictures, Tan … Continue reading

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