Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Graphic Novels

Graphic Novel Booktalk

Becca has some great graphic novels for you to check out! Did you know that graphic novels actually help kids improve their reading comprehension? It’s true! From the Scholastic article: “With graphic novels, kids still must follow plots and character development. They must understand cause and effect, and they must learn about perspective. All of these things will improve their reading comprehension. “

Put these books on hold today using our catalog. Happy reading!

E-bookEl Deafo by Cece Bell

Cover image for El deafoWhen Cece was young, she lost her hearing because of an illness and her whole life changes. She starts wearing a bulky hearing aid around her neck, and has to learn not only how to use that, but how to read people’s lips. There are all sorts of adjustments she has to make. Worst of all, people start treating her differently, speaking to her really slowly, like there’s something wrong with her. She starts dreaming about being the good kind of special, like a superhero and having a best friend. However, it’s not really a sad book. Even though Cece has to deal with a lot of hard things, there are plenty of funny moments too! I’d recommend this book for fans of Smile by Raina Telgemeier, and people who like funny and heartfelt stories.

Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Librarian

El Deafo is available as an e-book from Libby/Overdrive.

E-Book – Operatic by Kyo Maclear and Byron Eggenschwiler 

Operatic OverDrive BookHave you ever had a hard time making friends? Charlie is more of a shy, quiet person, but she is able to connect with people through music. She discovers opera music and Maria Callas specifically, and is able to be more empathetic to her friends Luka and Emile. Charlie sees that she is not the only person who struggles or feels unsure. She also has a wonderful teacher, Mr. K, who is just the understanding adult you need who will listen to you and not laugh at you. I feel like Charlie could be my best friend if she were a real person. 

This book is also available as an ebook in Overdrive’s Digital Library. 

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant 

Akissi: Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet 

Akissi: Tales of Mischief

With playful language and irreverent humor, Akissi and her family take readers on a tour of daily life in West Africa. This is more comic than graphic novel; each episode stands on its own. But readers’ affection for Akissi and their understanding of her environment will grow as the collection progresses. Readers may be unfamiliar with some activities, such as having to go outside to use the bathroom or sitting for many painful hours getting your hair braided. And some episodes may shock readers, like when Akissi contracts a tapeworm! Akissi is always scheming… and often getting caught in hilarious ways. 

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator 

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell 

The Cardboard Kingdom book coverWhat can you do with cardboard, an imagination, and break from school? In the graphic novel, Cardboard Kingdom, the neighborhood kids create a whole new world with a sorceress, a gargoyle, and more. Each chapter introduces you to a new kid and his or her’s cardboard creation like a banshee or a mad scientist. The chapter also shows you what is going on in that particular kid’s life, which could be good or bad. For example, one kid is dealing with bullies and another kid’s parents are getting a divorce. However, through their friendship and creation of their cardboard kingdom, every day of summer is fun. This colorful graphic novel is a great read and may lead to you creating your own Cardboard Kingdom. 

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian