Kidlit Graphic Novels You’ll Die For

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Let me just say that the genre of comic books has been taken up a notch. When I was a kid a comic book was a magazine that we couldn’t wait for the next edition to come out.

I’ve been loving the growth of the Kidlit Graphic Novels genre as it’s the perfect type of book for reluctant readers. Each cartoon bubble has bits of text that carries a continuous storyline.

When I saw each one of these graphic/illustrated novels debut I was spellbound by not only the compelling and engaging stories but the exquisite beauty and uniqueness of the art itself.

Here are my top picks for Graphic/Illustrated/Comic novels

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon  by Torben Kuhlmann.

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Done in drop dead gorgeous illustrations, Armstrong, The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon, is a must have and keepsake for any family library. Torben Kuhlmann’s impressive artwork transports us to the moon and all of the adventures that holds. Step by step Armstrong the mouse must use his inspiration and imagination to get himself to the moon. Told in a whimsical way, we get to watch our mouse hero make a spacesuit, plan his mission, build a spaceship to get himself there, and many other specifics to space travel. At the end of the book there is a non-fiction which holds the history of space and space travel. Everything from Galileo to the first steps on the moon. This book is a major winner! Grab your copy on Amazon HERE. Torben Kuhlmann is also the author of Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse.

Dog Man  by Dav Pilkey

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From the creator of Captain Under Pants come Dog Man. This crime fighting hero is part dog and part man. Greg is a police dog. He and his cop companion have been injured on duty and have to have a life saving surgery. Hence Dog Man is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a man, this sleuth partnership can fight any crime. Dav Pilkey understands the child psyche like no other. Kids just sit here laughing and gobbling up this story. Dog Man has kids turning pages as fast as they can read  them. They even laugh out loud and feel the need to find the nearest adult to read sections out loud to them. You will also find your children reading sections to friends and siblings. This book is just too good not to share.

Ghosts  by Raina Telgemeier

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Two sisters Catrina and Maya have to move with their family to Northern California because of Maya’s illness cystic fibrosis. As they explore their new hometown of Bahia de la luna, the girls discover that Bahia de la luna, has ghosts. Maya is determined to meet one, while Catrina never wants to see one in her life. As the time of year approaches where ghosts reunite with their loved ones, Catrina must learn to work through her fears for her sisters sake. This is a captivating story about the power of courage, love, and friendship which can help us transcend things we thought we never could. Beautiful and insightful story.

Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

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Set amidst the roaring 20’s and the Depression, Snow White is in New York City for the noir-esque adaptation of one of the best known fairy tales. This is simply a spectacular remake. Samantha White is returning home to New York City after being sent away by her wicked step mother, the Queen of the Follies. After surviving the stock market crash of 1929, Samantha White’s father the King of Wall Street dies for no apparent reason. The seven dwarves are replaced with street children who are there to protect the girl who is as white as snow. The mirror on the wall has turned into a ticker tape that churns out the words, another….MORE Beautiful……kill. 

Graphic artist and storyteller Phelan has captured this beautifully in gray and sepia colored graphic illustrations. The colored illustrations at the end of the story will just grab you by the heart and shake you.

This book reads like a film and draws the reader into it’s world within seconds.

And for those who might just want to write a comic book/graphic novel/illustrated novel of their own, here’s a collection of 13 of the top comic book author/illustrators with behind the look scenes of how it’s done and what inspires them and their stories.

Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft, and Life Outside the Box  Edited by Leonard Marcus

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This book is for the die hard comic/graphic book fan. It is a behind the scene look into the powerful influences of the genre i.e. from Manga to Movies to the underground Comix movement and how these have influenced the 13 artists and writers portrayed in it’s pages. It covers how these artists create their own word and picture novels and stories. In delves into their work habits, funny and inspirational stories and the real life, true tales of what it means to be a creative storyteller and the struggles that sometimes holds. Each one of the 13 people interviewed in this book were also asked create an original graphic short on the theme of “the city”. They could a cityscape in the present day, historical or imaginary settings. For those who love comic books/graphic novels and the artists and writers that create them, this is the book for you. The featured creators are: Harry Bliss,Catia Chien,Geoffrey Hayes,Kazu Kibuishi,Hope Larson,Danica Novgorodoff,Matt Phelan,Dave Roman,Mark and Siena Cherson Siegel,James Sturm,Sara Varon,Gene Luen Yang.

Have you read any great comic books or graphic novels for kids lately? If so, share below in the comments!

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If you are in the mood for another and interactive story, check out the enhanced digital eBook for kids, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory!

The Ultimate Guide To Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is a step by step roadmap to this magical world. Just some of the fun includes:

  • A story filled with beautiful graphic illustrations including tantalizing Treasure Maps and vibrant tutorials.
  • Over 20 Crafts and activities that not only entertain, but educate.
  • You get to jump inside the book and enjoy creating the adventures yourself (Templates, maps, and more are included.)
  • Ever wonder where chocolate comes from? Or how gum is made? Wonder no more. Now you get to make your own.
  • Conduct activities in the areas of crafting, cooking, and game-playing as well as exploring many facets of candy production.
  • The option to take Charlie’s journey over the course of several days or take shorter journeys if you wish.
  • The creation of a new ritual of reading time with your family and the opportunity to experience the reading of this imaginative tale as a group activity, not a solitary event.

Go HERE to learn more and grab your copy from iBooks!

The Ultimate Guide to Charlie

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