Monday, October 30, 2006

Graphic Novels @ Young Critics

At last Friday's meeting, Vicky talked to the Young Critics' Club about Graphic Novels. Here are some of the books she brought with her. Click on each cover to place a hold.

Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, by Kazu Kibuishi *Click here to place a hold* Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, by Kazu Kibuishi
[Action/Adventure] Takes place in the Old West—but with robots. Daisy is an ex-bandit who now runs a general store. She’s bored out of her mind, until a shady rich man tells her he’ll pay her to test out the ultra-dangerous security robots on one of his trains.

Castle Waiting, by Linda Medley *Click here to place a hold*Castle Waiting, by Linda Medley
[Fantasy] The story of an enchanted castle and its inhabitants through the years. Not only do we learn how the castle came to be enchanted, but we hear the characters who pass through its walls tell the rich stories of their own pasts. You’ll get stories of bearded nuns, princesses, the circus, witches and demons and spells-- just to name a few.

Courtney Crumrin Book 1, by Ted Naifeh  *Click here to place a hold*Courtney Crumrin Series, by Ted Naifeh
Book 1: Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things
Book 2 : Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics
Courtney Crumrin’s dull-as-dirt parents move the family to her great uncle’s giant mansion in a well-to-do neighborhood. It turns out, though, that Courtney’s uncle has powers to cast spells and communicate with creatures… and so does Courtney.

Journey Into Mohawk Country, by H.M. van den Bogaert, with artwork by George O'Connor *Click here to place a hold*Journey Into Mohawk Country, by H.M. van den Bogaert, with artwork by George O'Connor and color by Hilary Sycamore
[Historical] This GN is so cool because it takes the text from an ACTUAL journal written by a young Dutch trader in 1634! He has come to the New World, to the southern tip of Manhattan Island to explore Iriquois country, and make connections that will help with Dutch trade.

Kampung Boy, by LatKampung Boy, by Lat
[Biographical] A story of growing up in rural Malaysia in the 1950's. Even though the story occurs far away in time and place, you can relate to the author's tales of childhood, like running from his mom, swimming in the river, and falling asleep in class.

Polly and the Pirates, by Ted Naifeh
[Action/Adventure] The story of a prim and proper boarding school girl who discovers her mother was an infamous pirate! This should be an ongoing series, but only Book 1 is out so far.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Book 1, by Hayao Miyazaki *Click here to place a hold*Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Series, by Hayao Miyazaki
Click for Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5, Book 6, Book 7
You may know of Miyazaki, because he also created the movies Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Nausicaä is a the princess of a small kingdom, and she lives in a future where humans have polluted the earth with chemicals. The earth is slowly being covered by a toxic forest, which releases poisonous spores into the air, and where giant mutant insects live. Nausicaä must help make peace between the kingdoms, who are fighting over the earth’s few remaining natural resources. [Don't forget to read starting at the back, and from right to left.]

P.S. The Graphic Novel that was nominated for the National Book Award (the one Mrs. Mac and Vicky couldn't remember the name of...) is American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting these. We have received Kampung Boy and American Born Chinese, so I will start by reading those.

Vicky said...

Let me know what you think of American Born Chinese! I haven't had a chance to read it because Perrot's copy hasn't come in yet.

Anonymous said...

Personnaly, I didn't enjoy this book because I did not like the little characters in the book and the dialoge. It was confusing. I hated how you cold see the gun being fired, but it still said bang bang! Don't put it in the shame pile though. Just because I disliked the book doesn't meen you have to. It's a quick read (one hour tops) so it can't hurt.

Anonymous said...

hey anonymous at 9:39, which graphic novel are you talking about?

Anonymous said...

Since Vicky came to the Young Critics Club to introduce graphic books, I have read Journey into Mohawk Country, Kampung Boy, and American Born Chinese. Three glimpses into cultures very different from mine. Great stories - far more depth than a comic book. Great art - the pictures add meaning and innuendo to the text.