Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

October 14th, 2016 by

sistersSubmitted by Alivia, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Sister is awesome because she really wants a sister so she goes to tell her mom . read to fine out more

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

October 14th, 2016 by

Submitted by grace, Age 10 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

Smile is a great book.It is about a girl named Raina and she was running to her house and fell.She knocked out her two front teeth has had to get treatment for several years.I love the ending of this book.

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier: Book Review

September 26th, 2016 by

ghosts_raina-telgemeierHey, have you heard of a little-known writer/illustrator named Raina Telgemeier? Just kidding! Of course you have, because she is a SUPERSTAR of comics and graphic novels!

Henceforth, I shall refer to Ms. Telgemeier as Raina, because a) she has a cool first name and b) we interviewed her when Drama came out, so I can attest that she is totally cool and we’re like, besties. Kind of. In my literary dreams.

In Raina’s newest book, Ghosts, Catrina — “Cat” to her friends and family — and her family move to the fictional town of Bahía de la Luna in Northern California. Her little sister, Maya, has cystic fibrosis (an incurable lung disease), and the air in Bahía de la Luna will be easier to breathe.

Watch the official trailer from the publisher (Scholastic) here:

Unlike Raina’s other books (Sisters, Smile, and Drama), Ghosts has an element of fantasy in it — the genre is called magical realism, where fantastical elements occur in a real-world setting. Magical realism is somewhere in between a Harry Potter-eqsue magical world and the down-to-earth realistic setting of Wonder. Some other examples are Tuck Everlasting, the Indian in the Cupboard series, and a lot of Roald Dahl books like The BFG and James and the Giant Peach.

When Cat and Maya explore their new home, they meet their new neighbor Carlos, who gives them a ghost tour of the town and explains that the place is full of spirits. The spirits come to visit as the Day of the Dead (Día de los Meurtos) approaches — a Mexican holiday that celebrates friends and family members who have died.

Even though she is ill, Maya is excited for adventure and wants to meet the spirits, but Cat fears for her sister’s health. Cat also starts a new school and must make friends, and the whole family discovers a little more about their own heritage.

Like all of Raina’s books, the illustrations are wonderful. Check out this beautiful spread:
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Each time I read the book again, I catch funny and thoughtful expressions on characters’ faces. It’s a true testament to Raina’s illustration skill that I really wanted a hamburger and fries after seeing this panel:

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Okay, maybe I always want hamburger and fries. But still…

I laughed, commiserated, and sympathized with Cat and Maya as they settled down in Bahía de la Luna. I felt that they could easily be my next-door-neighbors, and I’ll admit (and forewarn), I was holding back tears because there are parts of the book that are genuinely sad and deal with death.

Ghosts is a wonderful read: perfect for fans of comics and graphic novels, well-written stories, and anything by Raina Telgemeier, of course! (Psst — this is a book grown-ups would like, too!)

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Have you read Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier yet? How do you think it compares to her other books? Leave a comment below or send in a review to be featured on Kidsmomo!

— Nancy

icon_nancyNancy loves this book so much that she has a physical copy AND a copy on her iPad. Some say she’s still reading them side-by-side with a hamburger and fries to this day.

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Smile by Raina Telgemeier

December 25th, 2015 by

Submitted by Nia, Age 9 from Connecticut

Rating: ★★★★★

Smile By Raina Telgemeier

I absolutely loved this book. It’s about the author’s real life. It’s about when Raina was in her friend’s car and her friend’s mom was dropping her of. when they got to her house, her friend wanted to race her to the house. so both of them started to run. while they were running, Raina was holding on to her friends hoodie. her friend slipped away and Raina triped. And then she fell and lost her two front teeth. I love this book.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

November 23rd, 2015 by

drama-raina-telgemeierSubmitted by PAIGE, Age 00 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book I think is the book before the book smile but…it is a great book to read. I loved ❤️ This book so much i kept on reading the books by her.😀

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

November 23rd, 2015 by

drama-raina-telgemeierSubmitted by Ceecee, Age 12 from South Carolina

Rating: ★★★★★

this look cool

The Baby Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier

November 13th, 2015 by

BSCSubmitted by Paige, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

this book is a really good book i read this & I said “wow this is a good book I should read a norther book like this ” so i read smile and sisters they where by : Raina Telgaminer . the books by Raina are in kids momo too 🙂

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

November 3rd, 2015 by

Submitted by Shanesse, Age 10

Rating: ★★★★★

i honestly love your book, it’s tells a lot from a girls life. boys, friends, and much more I would totally read an other book of yours.

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

November 2nd, 2015 by

sistersSubmitted by Paige, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is a great Graphic novel the sequel to smile it is a very good book I loved it!

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

October 11th, 2015 by

Submitted by Uliana, Age 9 1/8 from California

Rating: ★★★★½

a girl fell. knoced her two front teeth out and now all of her friends are teasing her because of nothing.

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