Recently, I read a couple of graphic novels and thought I would dedicate a little post to them! I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, but having read these few, I think I could TOTALLY get on board with reading more! I don’t know why, they’ve just never been on my radar, but now I’m a bit more aware of them! If you have any recommendations (mainly kids recommendations), please shout them at me!
InvestiGators – John Patrick Green
“MANGO and BRASH are the INVESTIGATORS: sewer-loving agents of S.U.I.T.* and scourge of supervillains everywhere!
With their Very Exciting Spy Technology and their tried-and-true, toilet-based travel techniques, the InvestiGators are undercover and on the case! And on their first mission together, they have not one but two mysteries to solve! Can Mango and Brash uncover the clues, crack their cases, and corral the crooks—or will the criminals wriggle out of their grasp?”
This is a brilliant graphic novel that I reckon would sit perfectly in a Year 2/3 library but there is no reason why older children wouldn’t love this too! Telling the story of 2 invest-gators who are on the look out for any and all trouble. Mango and Brash have been set their first mission to find the missing Chef Mustachio. He went missing just before he was about the reveal an exciting new thing in his bakery. Once they start their mission, they are soon given more things to investigate. Will they manage to solve the problems that they are faced with and find the elusive Chef Mustachio? I thought this was a whole load of fun. There is some BLOODY brilliant humour in this – this is jam-packed with baking puns and quips that I think kids will love. It is GORGEOUSLY illustrated too! I can’t wait to get this into school! A massive thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy of this!
Donut the Destroyer – Sarah Graley
“Donut (middle name: The; last name: Destroyer) has a heart of gold and incredible strength. She lives in a world where everyone is born with a special ability and can choose whether to develop it for good or evil. Donut has just received the best news of her life — she’s been accepted to Lionheart School for Heroes! But her parents are the most infamous villains around, and her best friend, Ivy, can’t understand why Donut would choose a life of boring heroism and ruin their plans to cause chaos. Donut is determined to prove that, despite her last name, she’s meant to go her own way and be a hero. Meanwhile, Ivy cooks up a plan to get Donut kicked out of Lionheart — and back on track to villainy!”
Donut tells the story of young Donut, a young girl who defies everything her parents stand for because she wants to be a HERO. In the world she lives in, her parents are VERY FAMOUS for being the worst villains, but Donut doesn’t want to follow in her parents footsteps. She doesn’t want to go to villain school, she wants to go to hero school. When she gets there, she realises that things are going to be harder for her than she first thought and that her “friends” are the ones she needs to battle against the hardest. I really enjoyed this! As a lover of heroes and being a good human, I thought this was super unique. It’s not often you get a book talking about how great it is to follow the rules! I enjoyed the messages of friendship and being your own person (even when it goes against your parents). I’d love to sign up for hero school… how do I do this? ha! A massive thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy of this!
El Deafo – CeCe Bell
“Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear–sometimes things she shouldn’t–but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.”
My friend Dean (hi Dean) has been telling me to read this for MONTHS and when I finally got round to read it, I regret waiting so long to do so! El Deafo tells the story of Cece, going through her life: dealing with home, going to school, having friends, losing friends, being different to others and her deafness. I really enjoyed this and I thought it was a brilliant exploration of all of these things and brilliantly done. There’s some great messages in this about being yourself, accepting differences in others and exploring emotions. This will sit fabulously in my class library!
And that’s it for now… the start of my graphic novel exploration.
Have you got any favourite kids graphic novels?
Have you read any of these?
Hit me up with some recommendations in the comments, I’d love to get more graphic novels for my class/school!