Category: Graphic Novel


 

Briefly:

You asked for it.

We weren’t sure about the novels–reports/reviews are that they are far more graphic than the TV series.

Decision:

We’ll have the graphic novel series available to you soon.  They are mature, for teens, but not over the top.

At Chaffey, we bought issues 1-17 (all that are currently available). At Colony, I asked the public library to purchase as there is adult appeal to all fans of the program. They jumped right on it and ordered the two book compendium of the graphic novels.

Zombie happiness all around? :)

Take a living walk into the library soon!

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler; illustrated by Maira Kalman

Why We Broke Up is a ‘graphic novel’ of sorts. That is, it’s a novel and it has lots of graphics. But it’s not in a comic book style.

Minerva—Min—is writing her ex-boyfriend, Ed, a letter about why they broke up. She plans to include this letter in a box of items associated with memories of their time together—keys, tickets, photos, postcards, a coat—you name it. Each item is drawn on a full color page of the book. And then there is the story behind the item. And each item has significance in that it is emblematic of why the break up took place.

Min and Ed weren’t like every couple. They didn’t seem to belong together. Ed is the co-captain of the basketball team, is very popular, likes social events at school, parties a lot, has had a lot of girlfriends and a lot more experience than Min. Min, on the other hand, is considered ‘arty.’ She’s ‘different.’ She wants to be a film director and sees events in her life as they relate to good movies. She takes Ed to see classic films. She plans an eighty-ninth birthday party for a golden-age film star. Actually, Min is very creative, has funny and good friends, and is often coming up with interesting things to do that no one else would think up

So what do Ed and Min have in common? Just each other. They are love-struck and immediately tell one another so. They have lots of plan for several months in advance. So they can’t see what all their friends can. They can’t see what Min’s mom and Ed’s sister see. That this relationship is doomed.

I liked Why We Broke Up because of the realistic portrayal of how a relationship in which two people have the worst sort of hots for each other will play out. This is done with empathy for the characters, especially Min. No reader will gloat over her broken heart. You will only remember that you were there once, too.

For students who were fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events when young, you may recognize the author, Daniel Handler. He is Lemony Snickett. I’m noting that this novel is for mature readers because of a single scene. If you’re a conservative reader and wonder whether a single scene will make you decide against reading it, go ahead and flip through the pictures in the novel. Two of them will be clues, and you will be able to make a valid decision. (I don’t want to give away the scene in this review—it’s an important, meaningful part of the book.)

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The library will be having its Scholastic Book Fair again this year during the week of February 27 to March 2 from 8 AM to 3 PM.

We’ll be open Wednesday evening February 29 until 7 PM so that parents can shop as well.

 We’ll have lots of Hunger Games items—The Hunger Games trilogy books, ‘mockingjay’ jewelry, posters and more—as well as many popular titles.

Please help us by shopping for books, posters, bookmarks, journals, pencils, pens. Proceeds from the book fair earn new books for our library.

We need your support!

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These are the last of the new book fair books. Thanks for your support! Come check one out!

 

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More new book fair books ready to check out!

 

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We’ve got new book-fair books ready for check-out. Have a look at these-and then come on over and check one out.

I figured I’d put the graphic version of The Lightning Thief to the test by having my son read it. He and I loved the entire Percy Jackson series (the original is reviewed on this blog). He told me that it really does stick closely to the original story.

Since I’ve been working with our wonderful new EL 1 students at Chaffey High in the past few weeks, I’m happy that The Lightning Thief is one of the books we are getting free for each school–Colony and Chaffey–after sponsoring a Scholastic Book Fair at both. Come on in and check it out–as well as the other brand new graphic novels we received from the fairs.

Stitches by David Small  

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Although I call this a ‘graphic novel’ format it’s really a ‘graphic memoir.’ David Small begins his story when he is six years old and his father, a doctor, is giving multiple x-rays because he has sinus problems. (This appears to be the 1950s and this was considered ‘medical treatment.’ Of course, as we know now, this consistent exposure to x-ray was a huge mistake.) David develops a growth in his neck. Early on, it is thought to be a sebaceous cyst (harmless). But David’s parents, silently raging and negligent people, ignore treatment for years. By the time he is scheduled for surgery, David’s cancer (the real diagnosis) results in the loss of his thyroid, a vocal cord, and his voice. He gains a gruesome scar across his neck. There’ irony in his voicelessness in this house where no one speaks about how they feel.

The drawings are what make this book (a National Book Award Finalist) so moving. Hundreds of pages capture David’s imaginings. (One of my favorites: he slips into the ground, like his favorite character Alice from Wonderland, and emerges inside himself.) They also show the unique point of view/perspective of a frightened child who is not allowed to talk about anything, even his cancer.

Everyone will love this book; everyone will be moved by the drawings and by David’s lonely story. Spend an hour or two with Stitches.

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