I absolutely love graphic novels for kids! I can’t get enough of them and neither can the kids at my school (especially the girls). There are more and more great graphic novels being written and produced for kids and there really is something for every sort of kid. These are a selection of recent reads that have stood out for me. If you’re looking for some great new reads for your graphic novel collection I highly recommend these ones.
Sparks! by Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto
This is a hilarious story about two cats who do good deeds dressed in a dog suit. August is a brilliant inventor who is afraid of the outdoors and Charlie is the pilot of the suit and isn’t afraid of anything. Together they are a sort-of robo-Lassie (along with their sentient litter-box), rescuing a baby from a well and saving people from a burning building. In to the story comes a strange family with an evil baby whose aim is to control every animal on earth. It’s up to Sparks to save the day and stop their dastardly plan.
I smiled the whole way through this graphic novel because the humour is spot on. I could hand this to any kid from Year 4-Year 8 and I’m sure they would love it too.
The Adventures of Jack Scratch: The Quest for the Hiss-paniola by Craig Phillips.
This action-packed tale of cats on the high-seas started life as a Kick-Starter campaign and I was super excited when it went ahead and I got my copy. It’s a swash-buckling adventure full of brave, fearsome and some down-right nasty cats. Like the Tintin graphic novels I grew up with its got plenty of action to keep kids interested and illustrations that they will pore over. One of the things I love most about graphic novels is that they are perfect for reading again and again and this one will certainly be read to bits. Perfect for ages 7+
Cucumber Quest #1: The Donut Kingdom by Gigi D.G.
I can only do this book justice by using the Goodreads blurb so here it is:
What happens when an evil queen gets her hands on an ancient force of destruction?
World domination, obviously.
The seven kingdoms of Dreamside need a legendary hero. Instead, they’ll have to settle for Cucumber, a nerdy magician who just wants to go to school. As destiny would have it, he and his way more heroic sister, Almond, must now seek the Dream Sword, the only weapon powerful enough to defeat Queen Cordelia’s Nightmare Knight.
Can these bunny siblings really save the world in its darkest hour?
Sure, why not?
This is the first book in a new series (that started out as a web comic). It’s another hilarious story with fantastic characters. The BLT Trio had me laughing out loud and I hope to see more of them as the series progresses. The world that the story takes place in reminded me of Adventure Time so any kids who love that will love Cucumber Quest. The kids that I’ve passed this on to have loved it just as much as I did and we all can’t wait for #2 to be available in NZ. Perfect for ages 10+.
Anne of Green Gables: a graphic novel, adapted by Mariah Marsden and Brenna Thummler
This is a wonderful new graphic novel adaptation by Mariah Marsden and Brenna Thummler. It perfectly captures the essence of the story and will hopefully open up the story to a new generation of readers.
The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
The Witch Boy is about 13-year-old Aster who is expected to grow up to be a shapeshifter when he really wants to become a witch. In his family all the females are witches while all the males are shapeshifters, but Aster has always found witchcraft more exciting. When some of the males start disappearing and an evil force threatens his family Aster knows that he can help – as a witch. With the help of his non-magical new friend Charlie, he sets out to help his family using his witchcraft skills.
It is a fantastic story about being different and being who you want to be. This is another graphic novel that the girls at my school have been gobbling up. Molly’s illustration style is quite similar to Raina Telgemeier which lots of the kids love.
Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race by Jen Breach & Douglas Holgate
A dangerous rally race + archaeology = a whole lot of fun!
Clementine Hetherington and her robot brother, Digory, have run away from the orphanage they’ve been living in since their parents died. Clem and Dig want to follow in their famous archaeologist mother’s footsteps, but no one will take them seriously. Their chance arrives when a man from their past saves Digory’s life, and to repay the debt they enter a multiday rally race… to recover stolen artifacts! Clem and Dig hope to win so they can give them to a museum, but their opponents want to sell them on the black market. The Ironwood Race has no rules, and Clem and Dig might be in over their heads!
This is an ingenious mash-up that I couldn’t get enough of. Before I knew it I had finished the book and I’m dying for more! This story is sure to keep even the biggest non-reader engaged. Those kids who love action-packed movies with great baddies and lots of explosions will love this book too.