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November 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth
As the list of the best graphic novels for children and teens reviewed in the past 12 months in Booklist suggests, it was a good year for sweeping, seafaring adventures, but all of the books point to the remarkable versatility of the comics format to deliver thrills, laughs, and ideas to all kinds of readers.
Crogan’s March. By Chris Schweizer. Illus. by the author. 2009. Oni, $14.95 (9781934964248). Gr. 7–12.
This second book chronicling the multigenerational adventures of the Crogan family tree takes place in 1912 North Africa, as French legionnaire Peter Crogan weathers sandstorms, a doltish and ethnocentric captain, and a merciless band of Tuaregs.
The Little Prince. By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Joann Sfar. Illus. by Joann Sfar. 2010. Houghton, $19.99 (9780547338026). Gr. 5–9.
Sfar’s unmistakable comics sensibility is a perfect match for the adapted French classic about a pilot who gets stranded in the desert and meets a young boy who claims to come from a wee planet in far outer space.
The Meeting. By Brigitte Luciani. Illus. by Eve Tharlet. 2010. Lerner/Graphic Universe, lib. ed., $25.26 (9780761356257). K–Gr. 3.
The first volume in the Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox series is a beautifully painted and sweetly told tale of two families that join together and work to make a harmonious whole.
The Odyssey. By Homer and Gareth Hinds. Illus. by Gareth Hinds. 2010. Candlewick, $24.99 (9780763642662). Gr. 7–12.
This artful adaptation of the world’s first great quest story balances packed dialogue with titanic action to deliver a timeless tale of adventure and human understanding.
Return of the Dapper Men. By Jim McCann. Illus. by Janet Lee. 2010. Archaia, $24.95 (9781932386905). Gr. 4–8.
Time has ceased to mean anything in this surreal fairy tale. In a stalemate of a game no one remembers, children live underground and robots up top—until the day when 314 dashingly attired men rain from the sky and set the clocks spinning again.
Scary Godmother. By Jill Thompson. Illus. by the author. 2010. Dark Horse, $24.99 (9781595825896). Gr. 3–5.
Recasting Halloween monsters as an irresistible gang of playmates, Thompson reinvents the familiar in a wild crackle of vibrant visuals and energetic storytelling.
Set to Sea. By Drew Weing. Illus. by the author. 2010. Fantagraphics, $16.99 (9781606993682). Gr. 8–12.
A landlubberly oaf and poet at heart gets press-ganged into a ship’s crew and discovers a deep wellspring of wisdom bred by the adventure, hardship, and camaraderie of life at sea.
Trickster: Native American Tales. Ed. by Matt Dembicki. 2010. illus. Fulcrum, paper, $22.95 (9781555917241). Gr. 8–12.
This collection of stories starring that old folk favorite, the trickster, is a showcase for a wide variety of themes and emotional tones, packed full of dandy visuals and shifty lessons.
The Unsinkable Walker Bean. By Aaron Renier. Illus. by the author. 2010. First Second, paper, $13.99 (9781596434530). Gr. 5–8.
A cursed skull, an ancient crustacean witch, and a young hero with a knack for astounding marvels of engineering all figure into this fantastically imagined and frenetically paced high-seas adventure.
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty. By G. Neri. Illus. by Randy DuBurke. 2010. Lee & Low, paper, $16.95 (9781584302674). Gr. 8–12.
Dramatized from the real-life story of an 11-year-old gangbanger’s short, violent life, this graphic novel is a harrowing portrait of the inner city that is no less effective given its tragic familiarity.
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