March 2nd, 2010 by Kidsmomo
Sweet, pastel-shaded shorts. Bold, colorful, action-packed adventures. Dark, spooky tales. Even adaptations of favorite books. These may sound like film genres, but movies aren’t the only way to visually escape into a story… Feast your eyes on graphic novels!
We’ve picked a few (in no particular order) — plus some “hybrid books,” which are told in alternating illustrations and text:
- Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale (Karen’s pick)
- Robot Dreams by Sara Varon (Nancy’s pick)
- The Baby-Sitter’s Club series (graphic novel version), written by Ann M. Martin and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
- Artemis Fowl series (graphic novel version), written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, art by Giovanni Rigano, color by Paolo Lamann
- Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
- Magic Pickle series by Scott Morse
- Coraline (graphic novel version of Neil Gaiman’s original) adapted by Craig Russell
- Into The Volcano by Don Wood
- Amelia Rules! series by Jimmy Gownley
- Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight
- Mail Order Ninja by Joshua Elder
- Owly series by Andy Runton
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
- Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton
- Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm
- Amelia’s Notebook series and Max Disaster series, both by Marissa Moss
If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite graphic novel or hybrid book!
UPDATE 3/16/10: We revealed the answer to our Graphic Novel Mystery Book Theater in the “Pretty as a Picture” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in to meet our special guest, a real-life cartoonist!