Getting graphic


Graphic novels have taken over my house.

Since summer started, we’ve been borrowing a heap of books from the library. Roughly half of those books are graphic novels.

My girls love comic books and graphic novels. They read every single Tin Tin book (way before the movie was made) and they enjoy Bone. But this summer we’ve discovered some other really fantastic graphic novels. Here’s a list of a few that they’ve really loved:

The Anne Frank House Authorized Biography — The girls read this before our trip to Amsterdam, so they could understand her life story.

The Last Unicorn– Beautifully adapted to graphic novel form.

Clockwork Girl– A girl robot with a compelling story.

The Travels Thelonious– My eight year old can’t put this series down about talking animals who are trying to figure out whether humans ever existed.

Trickster: Native American Tales. Had to recheck this out at the library twice because the girls couldn’t part with it.

The Odyssey– Homer! As a graphic novel! Genius! Even I would have read this version!

Graphic novels on the Greek gods (Hera: The Goddess and her Glory, Zeus: King of the Gods, etc. This series is awesome.)

The Hound of the Baskervilles–When Sherlock Holmes goes graphic everybody wins!

Rapunzel’s Revenge– Finally, a princess I can actually stomach.

Calamity Jack

Zita the Spacegirl

Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships, The Story of the Trojan War

The Asterix series

Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur– Do you remember how long The Once and Future King was? Here’s the shorter version!

Our library has a wonderful graphic novel section. I saw Pride and Prejudice as well as Sense and Sensibility on the shelves the other day. Jane Austen goes graphic! Woo hoo! Of course, nothing can replace the originals, but if your kids are too young or just too uninterested in the originals, graphic novels serve as an imaginative, engaging substitute. And what’s nice about a lot of these graphic novels, is that many of them are in full color. The illustrations make the books un-put-downable.

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Summer Writing Prompts resume on Monday. Then the following week, the week of the 16th, things get a little tricky. I’ll be at the Hambridge Center for a twelve day creative writing fellowship in an area of North Georgia with no cell phone reception and very limited Wifi. Nevertheless, I plan on posting a Summer Writing Prompt each day. Or perhaps I’ll post a few at a time, every few days. You can either friend my on Facebook to get the prompts, or follow my board on Pinterest.

 

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