I just don’t get on here as often as I’d like, but I love the new Batgirl!

Amulet: Escape from Lucien. Kazu Kibuishi. GRAPHIX. 2014.A really nice continuation of the Amulet series. While not the most original in its themes and plot lines, the story closely resembles the Star Wars arc, this series still packs a lot of fun and awesome illustrations. I was disappointed that the galley I read was only partially colored. But of the complete pages I did see, I was impressed. Kazu Kibuishi is an excellent graphic artist, and I’m sure the finished version of this book will be excellent to view. The Amulet series remains disjointed throughout, and at times I was confused by what was taking place as I read, but gaps in the plot can be overlooked in this case because this volume was action-packed. Some cool new characters were introduced, and I look forward to reading the seventh volume!

Amulet: Escape from Lucien. Kazu Kibuishi. GRAPHIX. 2014.

A really nice continuation of the Amulet series. While not the most original in its themes and plot lines, the story closely resembles the Star Wars arc, this series still packs a lot of fun and awesome illustrations. I was disappointed that the galley I read was only partially colored. But of the complete pages I did see, I was impressed. Kazu Kibuishi is an excellent graphic artist, and I’m sure the finished version of this book will be excellent to view. The Amulet series remains disjointed throughout, and at times I was confused by what was taking place as I read, but gaps in the plot can be overlooked in this case because this volume was action-packed. Some cool new characters were introduced, and I look forward to reading the seventh volume!

This One Summer. Mariko Tamaki. First Second. 2014. ISBN: 9781626720947
This was great. The classic summer vacation rife with expectation that somehow manages to simultaneously fall short and yet exceed one’s hopes for the experience. I don’t think this book could have been improved. It’s a great coming-of-age story for middle-graders, but it’s also timeless in its feel, and adults would enjoy it, too.I loved how the story ended on a hopeful note, but things hadn’t wrapped up. Life is like that. I also really enjoyed the subtle illustrations and the amazing blue color palette. Everything felt washed out and carried a sense of nostalgia about it without seeming trite. Touched on a lot of great topics for kids between the ages of elementary school and high school. It’s an uncertain time, and it’s hard to know what you think about things. This author and illustrator really got this story.
For grades 7 to 9

This One Summer. Mariko Tamaki. First Second. 2014. ISBN: 9781626720947

This was great. The classic summer vacation rife with expectation that somehow manages to simultaneously fall short and yet exceed one’s hopes for the experience. I don’t think this book could have been improved. It’s a great coming-of-age story for middle-graders, but it’s also timeless in its feel, and adults would enjoy it, too.

I loved how the story ended on a hopeful note, but things hadn’t wrapped up. Life is like that. I also really enjoyed the subtle illustrations and the amazing blue color palette. Everything felt washed out and carried a sense of nostalgia about it without seeming trite. Touched on a lot of great topics for kids between the ages of elementary school and high school. It’s an uncertain time, and it’s hard to know what you think about things. This author and illustrator really got this story.

For grades 7 to 9

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There are few greater joys in life than being able to revisit the stories of one’s childhood. Except, perhaps, getting to share them with others in a cute, fun-sized book!
Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts strips are a cornerstone of American culture, and his beloved characters, including Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Linus, and Lucy remain household names to this day. In our latest pocket-sized Peanuts gift book, Waiting for the Great Pumpkin, we’ve collected those Halloween-themed strips revolving around Linus’ unshakeable belief in, and proselytizing of, the Great Pumpkin — a mysterious figure who rises from pumpkin patches every Halloween to bring presents to good kids.
Read our 13-page (1.1 MB) excerpt and, while you’re at it, avoid the fall rush and pre-order your copy now!

fantagraphics:

There are few greater joys in life than being able to revisit the stories of one’s childhood. Except, perhaps, getting to share them with others in a cute, fun-sized book!

Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts strips are a cornerstone of American culture, and his beloved characters, including Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Linus, and Lucy remain household names to this day. In our latest pocket-sized Peanuts gift book, Waiting for the Great Pumpkin, we’ve collected those Halloween-themed strips revolving around Linus’ unshakeable belief in, and proselytizing of, the Great Pumpkin — a mysterious figure who rises from pumpkin patches every Halloween to bring presents to good kids.

Read our 13-page (1.1 MB) excerpt and, while you’re at it, avoid the fall rush and pre-order your copy now!

Bandette: Presto! (Vol. 1). Tobin and Coover. Dark Horse Comics. 2014. ISBN: 9781616552794
This was awesome! Best comic I’ve read so far that was published this year. Bandette is fearless, funny and loves the uncertainty of life. She finds joy in this uncertainty and takes risks that would make the greatest daredevils proud. This was a Web comic that was compiled into a single volume and won an Eisner award. It’s great. Bandette is a vigilante who sometimes work with and against the police. Set in France, readers can get a cursory knowledge of the local scene that adds just enough flavor to the story. I loved the tone and style, which is very much tongue in cheek and also ironic. There are funny asides from Bandette and also cool retro “zaps” and “kapows” drawn throughout. Very mod, very 1960s, very cool.

Bandette: Presto! (Vol. 1). Tobin and Coover. Dark Horse Comics. 2014. ISBN: 9781616552794

This was awesome! Best comic I’ve read so far that was published this year. Bandette is fearless, funny and loves the uncertainty of life. She finds joy in this uncertainty and takes risks that would make the greatest daredevils proud. This was a Web comic that was compiled into a single volume and won an Eisner award. It’s great. Bandette is a vigilante who sometimes work with and against the police. Set in France, readers can get a cursory knowledge of the local scene that adds just enough flavor to the story. I loved the tone and style, which is very much tongue in cheek and also ironic. There are funny asides from Bandette and also cool retro “zaps” and “kapows” drawn throughout. Very mod, very 1960s, very cool.

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza. James Kochalka. First Second. 2014. ISBN: 9781596439177

Wacky, funny and cute, this book (first in a series) tells the story of the lovable but dim Glorkian warrior and his smarter but much-ignored sidekick, a jetpack. The story takes a few pages to kick into gear, but once it gets going, kids will laugh at the silly antics of this cast of characters. Looking forward to the next one. Probably best for Grades 1 to 4.

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza. James Kochalka. First Second. 2014. ISBN: 9781596439177

Wacky, funny and cute, this book (first in a series) tells the story of the lovable but dim Glorkian warrior and his smarter but much-ignored sidekick, a jetpack. The story takes a few pages to kick into gear, but once it gets going, kids will laugh at the silly antics of this cast of characters. Looking forward to the next one. Probably best for Grades 1 to 4.