So first off, mea culpa. I’ve been a slacker and missed graphic novel Thursday for – oh – about two months. It’s been a little busy around the Severn Library, what with genrefying the fiction collection and lots of good projects going on.
To make up for my absence, this week I will review THREE (yes THREE) graphic novels that I’ve read while I’ve been gone.
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince
First, let me say that I really enjoy nonfiction in graphic novel form, especially memoirs. (Hello Persepolis, Relish, Sisters, My Friend Dahmer, Maus… ) This was no exception. In Tomboy, Liz Prince tells her story about not fitting into society’s idea of “girl” and how that shaped her childhood and teen years. It really resonated with me right now, as I’ve been doing a lot of reading and thinking about what gender even means and how society pressures people (especially kids) to follow certain arbitrary standards of gender. It’s a novel with a lot of heart, and I’d recommend it to anyone 9th grade and up.
HiLo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick
This book was just pure fun. An alien boy, who can’t remember who he is or where he came from, crash lands on earth and is found by kid named D.J. and hilarity/adventure ensues. D.J. is a pretty lonely kid, although his one good friend, Gina, has recently moved back to town. When Gina starts asking questions about the strange new boy hanging out with D.J., she gets pulled into the adventure as well. Funny, with some great action sequences, pick this up if you are in grade 6+.
Family Pets by Pat Shand & Sarah Dill
Thomasina lost both her parents in a tragic car accident when she was five, and ever since then she’s been waiting for something good, maybe even magical, to happen in her life. But it never has. Now that she’s sixteen, she’s accepted that her life will never be remarkable, but that all changes when she wakes up one morning to find her pet snake, Sebastian, missing and her foster family nowhere to be found… at least not in human form. This story is a mixture of serious issues and fun, magical elements and completely human emotions, and is recommended for grade 6 and up.