Category Archives: Graphic Novels
Dogs of War
Call #: Jr. Graphic Novels KEENA
by Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox
“Sheila Keenan’s captivating stories, paired with Nathan Fox’s stunning art, bring the heroic military actions of man’s best friend to life!
“Some war heroes heard the wind whistling over a hidden trip wire.
Some war heroes sniffed out a sniper 1,000 yards away.
Some war heroes stood tall . . . on four legs!
“DOGS OF WAR is a graphic novel that tells the stories of the canine military heroes of World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. This collection of three fictional stories was inspired by historic battles and real military practice. Each story tells the remarkable adventures of a soldier and his service dog and is rendered with fascinating and beautiful detail, bringing to life the faithful dogs who braved bombs, barrages, and battles to save the lives of countless soldiers.
“Based on the real-life roles of military dogs that served as Red Cross rescuers, messengers, scouts, search-and-rescue teams, sentries, and mascots, DOGS OF WAR captures both the adventure and the devastation brought on by war, as well as the celebrations of life and friendship between boys and their dogs.”
Maya Makes a Mess
Call #: J MODAN
by Rutu Modan
“Are Maya’s manners fit for a queen?
“In the midst of a family dinner with her scolding parents, Maya receives a very unexpected invitation to dine with the queen. Suddenly, her messy manners are put to the ultimate test and she begins to improvise her very own set of rules, with uproarious results. Filled with humor and exquisitely imagined detail, this book by Eisner Award–winner Rutu Modan is bound to turn every child into a voracious reader.”
Tinker Bell and Her Magical Arrival
Call #: J DISNE
“Disney Fairies goes back to the start, telling the story of Tinker Bell’s original arrival in Never Land! Tinker Bell has to find her talent and adjust to life in Pixie Hollow. Fans of the Disney Fairies series will delight in seeing Tinker Bell meet Vidia, Silvermist, and the other Fairies for the very first time!”
Call #: J POPOV
by Max Popov, Amit Tayal and Manikandan
“When the King Alonso of Naples and his entourage sail home for Italy after attending the princess Claribel’s wedding in Tunis, Africa, they encounter a violent tempest. After jumping overboard, everyone washes ashore on a strange island inhabited by the magician Prospero, who deliberately conjured the storm. Who is this Prospero and why does he produce the tempest? What is the power that he has over the spirits inhabiting the island, especially concerning the half human, half savage Caliban?
“A delightful romantic drama with undertones of betrayal and retribution, domination and subjugation, The Tempest remains to this day one of the more popular plays written by Shakespeare. The themes of freedom, friendship, repentance and forgiveness are beautifully interwoven, and by the end of the play, the tempest—both real and figurative—has calmed the most vengeful of avengers and washed away the sins of the most evil of wrongdoers.”
Zeus and the Rise of the Olympians
Call #: J FOLEY
by Ryan Foley and K. P. Jayakrishnan
“From his throne high atop Mount Olympus, the mighty and powerful god Zeus reigned over ancient Greece with his fellow Olympians. Feared for his lightning bolt but loved for his compassion for humanity, Zeus presided over an era of peace and prosperity. But Zeus’s ascension to power was violently contested. In fact, he claimed power for his own by waging a horrible war that threatened to destroy the entire world. And to make matters worse, he was opposed in this battle for all existence by none other than his own father.
“See how Zeus takes power for himself as he picks up his famous sword of storms for the first time and leads the rise of the Olympians!”
Archie: Clash of the New Kids
Call #: J SIMMO
by Alex Simmons, Dan Parent
“Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica have a lot of new friends and rivals when Riverdale High is invaded by fifty new kids! A nearby high school has closed due to budget cuts and 50 students and four teachers are transferred to Riverdale High. Archie and his friends have to step up their game when the new students bring serious competition to Riverdale. A stylish new girl who rivals Veronica, a talented photographer who threatens Betty’s role at the school paper, and a tricky prankster even more cunning and crafty than Reggie are now all part of the mix! Amidst a healthy dose of slapstick humor and high school intrigue is an emphasis on the importance of embracing diversity, making new friends and resolving conflicts.”
Classics Illustrated: The Call of the Wild
Call #: J DIXON
by Jack London, adapted by Charles Dixon and Ricardo Villagran
“The story of Buck, the fiercely loyal and powerful dog of the Yukon, has been author Jack London’s most popular novel since it was first published in 1903. Veteran comics writer Chuck Dixon teams with frequent collaborator Ricardo Villagran in this adaptation of London’s novel, which School Library Journal described as ‘handsome to look at, inviting to read, and a boon to anyone charged with introducing today’s youth to classic works.’”
Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes
Call #: J KROSO
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
“The Breakfast Bunch have joined the mathletes team, and are all set to win the championship trophy for Thompson Brook Elementary School—they only need to beat the defending champs from Willowby Academy. But Lunch Lady notices something strange about the opposing matheletes and their sinister coach. Will she and her sidekick Betty be able to sort out the suspicious competitors before they snatch victory away from the Breakfast Bunch?”
Rust: Visitor in the Field
Call #: Jr. Graphic novels LEPP
by Royden Lepp
“Rust is a high-octane adventure set in the prairie lands of an unknown time. Life on the Taylor family farm was difficult enough before Jet Jones crashes into the barn, chased by a giant decommissioned war robot! Oldest son Roman Taylor struggles to keep his family’s small farm afloat as the area heals from a devastating world war. While the rest of his family may not trust the mysterious boy with the jetpack, Roman believes the secrets of Jet’s past may be the key to their survival.”
Read our review at WPL’s Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga Blog .
Zita the Space Girl, Book One: Far From Home
Call #: Jr. Graphic Novels HATKE
by Ben Hatke
“Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye.
“When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don’t even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest.”
Read our review here.
Call #: JR Graphic Novels SANTA
by Dan Santat
“Look up in the sky! It’s a BOLD new graphic novel about SUPERHERO PETS!
“Captain Amazing, superhero and savior of Metro City, is getting old. He’s out all hours battling arch-villains, catching thieves, and helping little old ladies cross the street. He doesn’t even have time for his house full of pets. He needs – a SIDEKICK!
“Captain Amazing’s four pets agree. But each one of them thinks HE should get the sidekick spot – and a chance for one-on-one time with the Captain. Get ready for sibling rivalry royale as pets with superpowers duke it out for the one thing they all want – a super family.”
Read our review at WPL’s Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga Blog