Graphic Novels for Everyone!
We absolutely love graphic novels—whether for a classroom story lesson or for creative inspiration or just for fun—and the format’s fan base is growing! The HILO series has been called “high energy and hilarious!” by Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature; Jeffrey Brown, author of the LUCY & ANDY series, was noted for being “brilliant at creating characters you instantly adore” by Brian Anderson, author of “Monster Chefs”; and Booklist, in a starred review, noted that the 5 WORLDS series is one “to keep an eye on.” And the Rickety Stitch series already has THREE starred reviews, with Publishers Weekly saying, “Parks and Costa impressively evolve their tale into a compelling epic quest with deeper themes than the initial chapters hint.” Learn more about the newest books in these series, and check out the suggested activities for the ultimate reading experience!
Hilo Book 3: The Great Big Boom By Judd Winick
DJ and Gina are TOTALLY ordinary kids. But Hilo isn’t! When we last saw our INTREPID TRIO, Gina had been sucked into a mysterious portal to who knows where?! But friends don’t let friends disappear into NOWHERE! It’s up to D.J. and Hilo to follow her! Will there be danger? YES! Will there be amazing surprises? OF COURSE! Will Gina end up being the one to save them? DEFINITELY! With the help of Polly, the magical warrior cat, the friends will have to battle bad guys and face disgusting food, an angry mom, terrible knock-knock jokes, powerful magic, and more! Will they survive…and make it back to earth before the portal closes again?!
Activity: Use this comprehensive Graphic Novels Educators’ Guide to incorporate these visually stimulating texts into the classroom!
Lucy & Andy Neanderthal: The Stone Cold Age By Jeffrey Brown; illustrated by Jeffrey Brown
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars: Jedi Academy books comes the first installment in a new, humorous, graphic novel series about two Neanderthal siblings living 40,000 years ago. In the hilarious tale of Lucy and her goofball brother Andy, the duo handles a wandering baby brother, bossy teens, cave paintings, and a mammoth hunt. A special paleontologist section at the end of the book helps to dispel common Neanderthal myths.
Activity: Use the Lucy & Andy Neanderthal Scavenger Hunt to learn facts and theories about the actual Neanderthals!
5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior By Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel; illustrated by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller,and Boya Sun
Oona is the clumsiest student at the Sand Dancer Academy. It’s her older sister–the one who ran away–who’s supposed to light the beacons and save the worlds. So how come Oona can create a Sand Warrior? An Tzu is an orphaned boy from the slums. He has lots of street smarts but no idea how to stop the illness that’s turning him invisible! And why do plants react to his music? Jax Amboy is THE star athlete of the 5 Worlds. If only he were human! A robot in disguise, he may hold the secret to why the Toki are invading. Time is running out in the 5 Worlds. Can this unlikely trio rise to the challenge and face down the forces of evil in time to light the five beacons and save the worlds?
Activity: Here’s an engaging “Comics and Graphic Novels” lesson plan on readwritethink.org that teaches students how to create their own comics.
Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 1: The Road to Epoli By James Parks and Ben Costa
Rickety Stitch is a walking, talking, singing skeleton minstrel, the only animated skeleton in the dungeon who seems to have retained his soul. He has no idea who he used to be when he was covered in a living, breathing sack of meat and skin. His only clue to his former identity is a song he hears snippets of in his dreams, an epic bard’s tale that could also explain the old fog covering the comical fantasy land of Eem… Oh, and his sidekick and only friend is a cube of sentient goo. In this rollicking first volume, Rickety encounters imps, gnomes, giants, unicorns, a mysterious lady knight, and other fantasy dwellers on his quest to uncover his identity and spread his (painfully bad) music far and wide.
Activity: Watch the incredible book trailer for Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 1: The Road to Epoli!