Kids Graphic Novels to Read on International Children's Book Day & During COVID-19 School Closures
April 2, 2020
April 2, 2020
ODDLY NORMAL, BOOK 1 (Book 1-3 available now, Book 4 available for pre-order)
"The text contains some sophisticated vocabulary and literary references (there is a vampire named Bram, for instance), while remaining accessible. Fignation is a richly imagined world of fantastical creatures. The drawings throughout are engaging and make good use of moody, saturated colors...it is worth adding to any collection." —School Library Journal
"A charming and relatable fish-out-of-water tale." —Hope Larson, A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
"Frampton's art is refreshingly quirky, with strong lines and bold use of color. The world he creates is full of fun and whimsy, and kids will easily relate to Oddly's struggle to become comfortable in her own skin. This will quickly become a favorite among comics fans." —Booklist
Meet Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair—a half-witch who will be the first to tell you that having a mother from a magical land called Fignation and a father from Earth doesn't make it easy to make friends at school! On her tenth birthday, she blows out her cake's candles and makes a disastrous wish. Now, Oddly must travel to Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents' disappearance. Join Oddly as she navigates a strange new school, monstrous bullies, and Evil itself on an unforgettable fantasy adventure through the vibrant world of Fignation in ODDLY NORMAL.
Fifteen-year-old Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astral project to other planets while she sleeps. When she accidentally gets a young man hurt on a planet light-years away, she must figure out a way to project back to save him. On her own world, Boetema’s two parents have temporarily left her and her thirteen-year-old brother, Inotu, to make a living as salt shepherds. Left to their own devices, the two siblings must flee across a dangerous desert when Inotu gets into trouble with a threatening cyborg bodyguard. As Boetema visits amazing planets and encounters vibrant cultures, she must confront her mistakes and learn to trust in Inotu as she navigates her newfound abilities.
HINGES, VOL. 1 (Vol. 1-3 available now)
HINGES is a fantasy webcomic, turned graphic novel, about a doll named Orio and her troubling companion Bauble. New to the city of Cobble, Orio must depend on help where ever she can find it, but her assigned familiar Bauble has other interests. And as the two explore the walls of their city, they find that they are not the only new arrivals. In a place that runs like clockwork, it only takes a little disruption to upend a city.
HOWTOONS: TOOLS OF MASS CONSTRUCTION
“This is a great addition to STEM collections, maker spaces, and elementary- through middle-school graphic-novel collections.” —Booklist
"Fine, fabulous stuff" —School Library Journal
Lurking in the corners of your garage, on the dusty shelves of hardware stores, and in your own trashcan are the tools and ingredients for creating your own adventures. Follow Celine and Tucker as they learn through play with over 50 DIY projects! Challenged to make something "other than trouble," this brother-and-sister pair use everyday objects to invent toys that readers can build. Combining comics and real-life science and engineering principles, Howtoons are designed to encourage kids to become active participants in the world around them.
"...perfectly tuned to inspire creativity as well as promote good work habits in budding inventors and mechanical engineers alike."—Kirkus Review
"Geeks aren't born, they're made... and here's the instruction manual."—Wired Magazine
HOWTOONS: REIGNITION, VOL. 1
The critically acclaimed, best-selling YA series returns with an all-new, sci-fi DIY adventure! Celine and Tuck's parents put them to sleep for centuries to ride out the energy crisis―but when they awake in the far future and Mom and Dad are missing, it's the kids who have to save the day! Celine and Tuck must explore a strange, new Earth using their gadgeteering skills to create projects and experiments to survive hostile tribes and bizarre mechanized threats―projects and experiments kids and parents can make themselves at home, and learn basic energy literacy at the same time!
ISOLA, VOL. 1 (Vol. 1 & 2 available now)
The New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens. An evil spell has been cast on the Queen of Maar and her Captain of the Guard will do anything to reverse it. Their only hope lies on an island half a world away—a place known in myth as Isola, land of the dead. Gotham Academy creators Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl reunite with series colorist MSASSYK and letterer Aditya Bidikar for a breathtaking fantasy adventure two decades in the making. Recommended for fans of Studio Ghibli and the work of Hayao Miyazaki.
MOONSTRUCK, VOL. 1 (Vol. 1-2 available now)
2019, Texas Library Association's Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List.
Werewolf barista Julie and her new girlfriend go on a date to a close-up magic show, but all heck breaks loose when the magician casts a horrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it's up to the team of mythical pals to stop the illicit illusionist before it's too late.
NORROWAY, BOOK 1 (Book 1 available now, Book 2 available for pre-order)
The Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books 2018. Sibylla always wanted adventure, but she didn't know it would come in the form of a giant, magical bull. Is he a man or a monster? And who knew a prophecy could be so literal? The first title in a new series co-created by sibling writer/artist team CAT SEATON and KIT SEATON, begins the adventure of a lifetime.
SUPER DINOSAUR BOOK 1 (Book 1-4 available now)
Now an Amazon Prime Video animated series! The Evil Max Maximus wants to get to Inner-Earth! He wants the dinosaurs that live there! He wants the powerful DynOre mineral that originates there! Super Dinosaur and Derek Dynamo are the only ones who can stop him! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of a ten year-old kid and his best friend, a nine-foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex who loves to play video games! The first book in the bestselling graphic novel adventure series by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and superstar artist Jason Howard.