Batman: The Court of Owls

March 1, 2017

Batman: The Court of Owls Scott Snyder Comics Graphic Novel Superheroes Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) “The Court of Owls” is one of the most famous Batman storylines about a mythical group of an underground government called the Court of Owls that watches Gotham’s every move.  Bruce Wayne’s father used to tell him that story when he was a child, but he soon realizes that the…


Ghosts – book review

October 11, 2016

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction Supernatural * * * * Stars (Great!) Cat and her family move to the coastal town of Bahia de la Luna to help with her little sister Maya’s health issues (she has cystic fibrosis). The whole town seems to be obsessed with spirits and Dia de los Muertos is coming up fast!  Maya, too, becomes interested in ghosts – she has questions…


Book Review: El Deafo by Cece Bell

February 17, 2015

Book Review:  El Deafo by Cece Bell Recommended for readers 4th grade and up. Realistic Fiction/Graphic Novel Have you walked around with your eyes closed to see how it would feel to be blind? Think about what it might be like to be deaf. What would you miss hearing? Music? Television shows? Voices of family, friends, teachers? Take a look at El Deafo by Cece Bell. In this graphic novel, the author/artist tells the…


Silversix – book review

May 22, 2014

The Silversix by AJ Lieberman Artwork by Darren Rawlings Graphic Novel Science FictionTween Graphic Novel/Science Fiction/Dystopia Phoebe is able to avoid detection for a year after her parents die in a shuttle explosion orchestrated by the evil Mr. Craven of the Craven Mining Corporation (which has a monopoly on the world’s fuel source – Hydro-2), but then someone manages to track a file transfer from her parents’ ship to her…


Star Wars: Jedi Academy #1 by Jeffrey Brown

Graphic Novel/Journal Science Fiction Grades 4+   Roan lives on Tatooine.  He likes drawing comics and is looking forward to going to Pilot School.  But his hopes are dashed when he learns that his application to Pilot School has been rejected – what now?  Will he have to stay on Tatooine and be a farmer?  He doesn’t exactly have a green thumb.  Just as he’s about to despair, Roan receives…

April 14, 2014

Kimi ni Todoke

Kimi ni Todoke by Karuho Shiina Adventure Fantasy Graphic Novel Manga Realistic Fiction Romance * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Kimi ni Todoke is about a 15 year old girl (but then she turns 16 later on). She is very shy and she has very long black hair. She is actually really nice, but she has no friends because she’s an outsider because of the way she looks. She’s…

June 24, 2013

Drama – Read It and Rate It

June 18, 2013

Drama by Raina Telgemeier Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) A girl named Callie likes a boy named Greg and a boy named Jesse. Callie knows that Greg has a girlfriend, but when they break up Callie gets super excited. Then she meets Jesse and his brother Justin. Now Callie doesn’t know who she likes. Justin tries out for the play at school…


Will & Whit

Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) Wilhelmina (Will) has been living with her Aunt Elsie (Ella) since her parents died last year. They live in Will’s grandparents’ house (they are also deceased) and will helps Ella run the family Antique shop, which is next door. Will finds distraction and relief from the loss of her parents through the creation…

May 23, 2013

Guinea PIG # 5, Raining Cats and Detectives by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Stephanie Yue

September 17, 2012

Raining Cats and detectives.jpg Sasspants and Hamisher have finally committed to being “real” detectives – by getting a desk and a cup of pens – when Viola’s (Mr. Venezi’s newest employee) efforts to sell pets (it is, after all, a pet store!) begin to pay off. Sasspants is adopted by the perfect owner – a detective with an extensive library. He already has a bunch of pets, so it’s almost…



June 15, 2011

Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis artwork by John Romita Jr. Comics Graphic Novel Review #1 * * * * 1/2 Stars (Great!) Arc 1: The Avengers face Kang and their children from the future.  Arc 2: The Hood gets his hand on the Infinity Gauntlet.  Brian Michael Bendis’ work is great – excellent stories. John Romita Jr.’s art is slipping from its high standards.