Winter Break Reading – Graphic Edition

For today, some graphic novels to get you through the break.

First up, Chickenhare by Chris Grine. He’s half chicken, half rabbit, and 100% hero. And he and his turtle friend have been kidnapped, to be delivered to an evil taxidermist, who lives up in the cold, cold north, named…Klaus (no relation to Phillip). Will they escape? Will they be able to help their new frenemies escape? And what’s with the ghost of the goat with the top hat and monocle?

Smile by Raina Telgemeier is a memoir of having to go through lots of orthodontic work. Although her experience with braces and orthodontists is not quite typical. The story starts when Raina falls and essentially lands on her teeth, not knocking them out, but rather impacting them up. I would tell you more about the story, except the accident made me so weak in the knees that I had to put it down…I’m very squeamish when it comes to dental injuries, or really any injuries. But I do know that she is a great storyteller (because she’s written another graphic novel that isn’t quite so…graphic).
Finally, a book that takes the genre of “graphic novel” very seriously, Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This is the story of a young boy who lives under the radar in a Paris train station. Things take a change for him when he is caught trying to steal mechanical toys from one of the station vendors. He then begins a journey that involves mechanical men and the history of film. It’s told in words and pictures. A few pages of writing will be followed by several pages of illustrations that move the story along. This was the book on which the movie Hugo was based. Selznick’s book Wonderstruck follows the same format and is just as wonderful.
And check in with the tumblr page for more graphic novel suggestions today.


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