Tuesday, October 11, 2011

2 Graphic Novels for Younger Readers

The Cybils graphic novel reading has commenced! Expect lots of new graphic novel reviews over the next few months. Today I wanted to highlight two that would be great for elementary school readers.

The Ferret's a Foot is the third book in Colleen AF Venable's series about Detective Sasspants, a guinea pig private investigator that lives in a pet shop run by the scatterbrained Mr. Venezi. When a new pair of ferrets arrive at the shop and all the animals' signs get messed up, it's up to Detective Sasspants and his assistant, Hamisher, to solve the mystery.

The Ferret's a Foot is a very fun way for readers to learn about ferrets and play around with words. When the mixed-up labels turn the chinchillas into gorillas and the lizards into blizzards, young readers are challenged to create their own names for animals by adding a few letters. The layout is easy to read and is a nice bridge between a picture book and a graphic novel.

From the team that brought you Babymouse, Squish #1: Super Amoeba tells the story of your average grade-school student who happens to be an amoeba.

Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm manage to squeeze basic science information into a cute story about being brave enough to face a bully. The book features simple illustrations (with step-by-step instructions on how to draw one of the characters) and muted colors, which balance the many arrows that offer humorous insights. If I was a science teacher (even in middle or high school), I would photocopy some of the graphics to add to my worksheets; they are that clever.

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