Friday, December 7, 2007

Hey Kids, Comics!

Well, the American Library Association's Great Graphic Novels list for 2007 has just been announced, and there are some great books on that list. We carry several of the titles on the list, and graphic novels are really coming into their own as books with stories as exhilarating and brilliant as anything else on the bookshelves. This puts me in mind to talk about some of our graphic novel faves here at Little Shop of Stories:

The Owly books by Andy Runton are great for pre-readers, beginning readers, and early readers. Great artwork highlights these wordless stories of a little owl and his friends as they have light, fun adventures and learn about friendship, loyalty, and acceptance. Andy Runton is another local author, and his publisher, Atlanta's own Top Shelf, is one of the finest comics and graphic novel publishers around.

Perfect for every budding ballet dancer, To Dance is the memoir of Siena Cherson Siegel, as illustrated by her husband Mark Siegel. Siena tells of her inspiration to dance when she saw Maya Plisetskaya of the Bolshoi perform in Swan Lake when Siena was young, her early days training at the American School of Ballet, and her struggles both at home and with the exhausting, rigorous life of a ballerina. Her husband's art is wonderful, perfectly capturing the wonder and delight of a young girl fascinated and determined to succeed in the best ballet school in the country.

If you've read every volume of Jeff Smith's Bone, and you're looking for a new series to sink your teeth into, look no further than Kazu Kibuishi's Amulet series. The first volume just arrived, and it's an amazing fantazy filled with sinister demons, cool robots, and talking animals. Here's the book description from the publisher:

"After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world. Together with Miskit, a small mechanical rabbit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves."

Owly art from Andy Runton's website: Go there and check out all his fun art and stuff (including the cutest Owly hats ever!)

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