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Saturday, April 15

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    4/14/17 - My fifth grader absolutely loves this book and said many of her friends at school love it as well. It is a story of a 10 year old girl trying to fit in to two worlds - "normal" earth of her father and the supernatural world of her mother. This is something to which we can all relate - what does it mean to be "normal" and to fit in? The illustrations are awesome - there is so much going on in the backgrounds that the reader should take their time. I also loved how the author included higher level vocabulary and ideas - my daughter has always been on a high reading level, but also loves comics. This is the strength of the medium - being able to integrate higher level vocabulary that it accessible through the visual method of storytelling. There are also many literary and historical references included throughout the book. For these reasons, it is tough to give advice for reading levels - I really think it can be from 1st grade on up = each level of reader can get a deeper meaning.
    One Trick Pony. Nathan Hale. 9781419721281
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    This post-apocalyptic tale of invading aliens who feed off of intelligence came as quite a shock to me as a huge fan of Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales - all history based. I love that the author took hiss same story-telling and illustration skills in a completely different direction and can thrill young readers in new ways. I will be including this in my classroom library and will explain how authors should stretch their abilities and challenge readers.
    Age recommendation - elementary through 9th grade. (however - as always - I don't really believe in an upper limit for age range - I certainly enjoyed the book very much!)

    Polly and the Pirates. Ted Naifeh. 9781932664461
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    It has been several years since I completed my Masters Degree - I have been able to put much of my learning to good use. I have managed to include several comics in my classroom over the past few years - I would like to include more. This wiki is an attempt to help us share resources and ideas - it has taken me a lot of research to find these titles - I have not been able to find any sort of complete "list" of titles that would make it easy - so here we go!
    Please don't think comics are just for boys - many girls love them, and many boys would never read one. I teach a comic book course during a specialized session that our high school offers twice in a six day cycle. The students are allowed to choose from many different options - both academic and "fun". Whenever I offer the comic book session, it is standing room only and there are as many female as male students. I love being able to connect with my students in a different way other than the textbook - and it is something for which I have a life-long passion.
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    The drama is set up by page 11 as we see so many viewpoints - event from rattlesnakes and armadillos - in addition to Comanche, Coahuiltecans, Lipan Apache, Karankawa, Jean Lafitte, Stephen Austin, newly independent Mexicans, and many more. Students will be drawn in during the first few pages and will want to keep reading as it reads like a story - not a heavy-handed history lesson. The illustrations add to the story in so many ways - in humor, in personalization, gepgraphic understanding, and much more. .
    Throughout the book, there are man asides and questions asked - this allows students the time to fully grasp the historical events before moving on. This book is wonderfully researched and presents multiple points of view - this can be seen as a history of Texas, of Mexico, and of the Alamo.
    Age recommendation - 5th grade on up. I enjoyed this as an adult and would not put any upper age limit on it as I offer it to high school students for extra credit.
    Amulet. Book One. Kazu Kibuishi. 9780439846813 (from Graphix and Scholastic)
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    Alamo All Stars. Nathan Hale. 9781419719028
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    Whenever picking up a history book geared towards younger readers, especially of American History, I am always cautious about how it will be handled. Too often, we seek to shield our young students from the realities of history and dangerously flirt with propaganda. When I first picked up this book, I already loved the Hazardous Tale series (check them all out!) and have even had the privilege of meeting the author and presenting with him on a panel at San Diego Comic Con. Still, judging by the cover (I know, I know!) and first few pages, I began to wonder if this might be too one-sided of a history. However, Hale interrupted his own story to bring in Mexican historical players (speaking in Spanish and English) so that we could obtain their insight into this history. Whew! Within the first few pages, the reader has already come across several maps, historical events, and a lesson in historiography! Most impressive.
    The drama is set up by page 11 as we see so many viewpoints - event from rattlesnakes and armadillos - in addition to Comanche, Coahuiltecans, Lipan Apache, Karankawa, Jean Lafitte, Stephen Austin, newly independent Mexicans, and many more. Students will be drawn in during the first few pages and will want to keep reading as it reads like a story - not a heavy-handed history lesson. The illustrations add to the story in so many ways - in humor, in personalization, gepgraphic understanding, and much more. .
    Throughout the book, there are man asides and questions asked - this allows students the time to fully grasp the historical events before moving on. This book is wonderfully researched and presents multiple points of view - this can be seen as a history of Texas, of Mexico, and of the Alamo.

    Amulet. Book One. Kazu Kibuishi. 9780439846813 (from Graphix and Scholastic)
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    Any Calvin and Hobbes is awesome for readers of all ages. My kids and I have laughed and laughed while reading these stories together. There are such deep panels about life - has opened up important conversations through humor.
    Evolution: the Story of Life on Earth. Author: Jay Hosler. Illustrators: Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon. 9780809043118
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    This story of evolution on earth, oddly enough, begins with beings from another planet who are studying our planet. The Glargalian’s are creating the Glargalian Institute of Earth Evolution and the reader is treated to a behind the scenes story of the studies. Of particular note is Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species to understand this process of evolution. Darwin himself is recreated in this virtual museum to explain his own theories in a compelling and accessible way.
    We are then introduced to inheritance and genes through Gregor Mendel as the story of evolution on earth continues. The story continues to introduce new scientists and their method of discoveries – truly great insights through a witty and intelligent story.
    When the reading/ideas get tough, the author has characters ask questions that lead to a small review or other visualizations. This keeps the reader involved and gives brain breaks so that we can more fully comprehend the ideas before moving on.
    What came first in evolution – DNA, RNA, or proteins?
    How did life begin on earth?
    Radiometric Dating and half-life.
    Over the course of a few pages, I was able to more fully grasp how penicillin works – but also why it has become less effective – all through mutations and evolution.
    The illustrations add to the story and allow the reader to fully comprehend the scientific text. They also add a lot of humor and I found myself chuckling along as I was learning.
    There are also wonderful one-page asides – such as one on why people believed in dragons, cyclops, and griffins – all based on archaeology and paleontology.
    At the end of the book, there are great resources for suggested reading and research as well as a detailed glossary.
    Age recommendation – this book is more 7th grade on up – but younger readers could certainly be exposed to many elements in the book with teacher support. Also – a great way to reach younger students who are more accelerated than their peers.

    Frozen. Ball and Barone. Ongoing comics series.
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    Oddly Normal: Book 1, Otis Frampton. 9781632152268
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    Polly and the Pirates. Ted Naifeh. 9781932664461
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    I was surprised when my kids began to watch this series on demand. Always one to infuse reading whenever possible, we bought this series.
    The Sandwalk Adventures. Jay Hosler. 9781482385007
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    Within the first chapter, the reader is already posed with some rather deep questions – who are we? Where are we? Who is God? What is outside our ability to see? How do we go about proving what truly exists? Is the Old Man God or just a human with some talking parasites? Are the organisms alive in/on our bodies sentient? Why do Follicle Mites not have butts? If we scratch ourselves, are we vengeful gods? Do Mites have a system of religion? Why do I exist?
    “Hey! That sounds like a testable hypothesis” – this is an all-ages comic and testifies to the power of the medium – graphic novels and comics can be used on so many levels. The visuals make the text all that more accessible and yet challenging at the same time.
    The illustrations are warm and approachable – they make the scientific theories discussed relatable and even human. There is much humor throughout the book – I found myself chuckling often on many levels.
    The remainder of the story delves into the experiences of Charles Darwin and his scientific expeditions. It was an enjoyable way to get inside of Darwin’s head and to understand him as a thinking person – not some scientific god on a pedestal. I often stopped reading to look up information on the internet – the author often inspires further research. I learned a lot from this book and see it as a wonderful addition to a social studies, philosophy, or science classroom as either an introductory text or as part of a research paper/project. The ending of the story gets into weak points of Darwin’s theories and becomes a powerful reminder of his own struggles and doubts. The book leaves the reader with questions, just as it began. This is not a scientific tome where the theories are treated as simple facts to be studies, but rather, an ongoing process to understand ourselves and our existence.
    There are also many pages of author annotations and a bibliography at the end of the book.
    Age recommendation – fifth grade (perhaps as extension for gifted or accelerated students) on up. I am now tempted to have my students create comics about scientists…
    Science. Biography. Philosophy. K-8

    Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow. James Sturm and Rich Tommaso. 9780786839018
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    This is another example of a book that can be used on so many levels.
    Scooby-Doo! Where Are You? Presidents' Day Special! DC Kids.
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    This is an awesome comic - this issue especially. Multiple presidents are written about in this mystery - a great learning hook opportunity. Again - if a child likes to watch something on TV, why not introduce a book about it?
    The Secret Science Alliance. Eleanor Davis. 9781599903965
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Friday, April 14

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    The Misadventures of Salem Hyde. Spelling Trouble. Frank Cammuso. 9781419708046
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    Oddly Normal: Book 1, Otis Frampton. 9781632152268
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    4/14/17 - My fifth grader absolutely loves this book and said many of her friends at school love it as well. It is a story of a 10 year old girl trying to fit in to two worlds - "normal" earth of her father and the supernatural world of her mother. This is something to which we can all relate - what does it mean to be "normal" and to fit in? The illustrations are awesome - there is so much going on in the backgrounds that the reader should take their time. I also loved how the author included higher level vocabulary and ideas - my daughter has always been on a high reading level, but also loves comics. This is the strength of the medium - being able to integrate higher level vocabulary that it accessible through the visual method of storytelling. There are also many literary and historical references included throughout the book. For these reasons, it is tough to give advice for reading levels - I really think it can be from 1st grade on up = each level of reader can get a deeper meaning.

    Polly and the Pirates. Ted Naifeh. 9781932664461
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    Smile. Raina Telgemeier. 9780545132060
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    Sisters. Raina Telgemeier. 9780545540605
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    4/14/17 - Wow! Read this after Smile and loved it so much! My first grader read it first - she was cracking up laughing at so many parts of the book - my fifth grader had the same reaction. When I read it, I was amazed at how it was such a perfect book for all of our reading/maturity levels. I Was able to connect with this story in so many ways as both a parent and a one time child myself. This book deals with serious issues (sibling rivalry and even husband/wife marital complications noticed by the children) but in a personal and accessible manner. The illustrations pulled at my heart on many panels and helped me (and my children) to connect to the story. Wow.

    Smile. Raina Telgemeier. 9780545132060
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    Squish No 2. Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. 9780375843907
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    The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde. Shannon Hale and Dean Hale. 9780763665135
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    4/14/17 - my 1st and 5th grade daughters went crazy when this book arrived in the mail today. They told me it was one of the most popular books in their library. I read it and, wow! - now I know why. The content is more for 5th-8th grade, but many ages (including mine) can relate to the awkward growing up drama told in this beautifully illustrated graphic novel. Even though this autobiographical story took place some time ago, it is intriguing to understand that we all go through so many of the same issues. I was even able to have an honest conversation with my daughter about some of the issues in her life and her fears of moving onto middle school next year. This is a must have book.

    Squish No 2. Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. 9780375843907
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Thursday, April 6

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    Batman: the Blue, the Grey, and the Bat. Elliot S. Maggin.
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    Battle Lines. Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. Ari Kelman. 9780809094745
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    Civil War Adventure. Chuck Dixon & Gary Kwapisz. 9780486795096
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    Epic Battles of the Civil War. Volume 4: Gettysburg. George Woodbridge and Will Shetterly .1-8922334-03-3
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    Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel. C. M. Butzer. 9780061561757
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    The Gettysburg Address. Jonathan Hennessey. Aaron McConnell. 9780061969768
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    The Red Badge of Courage: the Graphic Novel. Wayne Vansant. 051488009993
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