Mini reviews: more graphic novel goodness!

Good morning everyone!

I am here with some more graphic novels that I’ve read recently. I find graphic novels a great thing to wrap up in mini reviews and they’re always super popular blog posts! This is part 6, maybe 7, of the ‘Steph reads loads of graphic novels’ blog series (if you want to see the other ones I read, you can check out my ‘2021 reads’ tab in the menu).

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Amulet: The Cloud Searchers – Kazu Kibuishi

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In the third installment of the thrilling Amulet series, Emily, Navin, and their crew of resistance fighters charter an airship and set off in search of Cielis, a mythical city believed to be located on an island high above the clouds. The mysterious Leon Redbeard is their guide, and there’s a surprising new addition to the crew: the Elf King’s son, Trellis. But is he ally or enemy? And will Emily ever be able to trust the voice of the Amulet?

This series is just brilliant – it’s a series my kids are forever asking me if I have the next book because EVERYONE is reading them! This series is full of adventure; each new instalment introduces us to new characters who add so much all wrapped up in a quest that is peril-filled. These stories have such a wonderful main set of characters who I am totally rooting for – I want the outcome to be what I have planned in my head! The sense of not quite knowing everything, but knowing some bits is glorious. Man, I hope these people in this book are who they say they are… otherwise Emily is in bother! I adore the illustrations in this! As I’m reading this series, I’m getting more and more into it! Now to track down book 4 for my kids… but mainly for me!

The Bailey School Kids: Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots – Pearl Low

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The third graders at Bailey Elementary are so hard to handle that all of their teachers have quit. But their new teacher, Mrs. Jeepers, is different — to say the least. She’s just moved from the Transylvanian Alps into a spooky old house in Bailey City. She wears a mysterious brooch that glows as green as her eyes. Could Mrs. Jeepers be a vampire?

OOH. I enjoyed this!! I had never heard of this until I saw it recommended on Twitter by graphic novel god Richard Ruddick (well worth a follow if you don’t follow him). I read this and really enjoyed it! I need to know more about Mrs Jeepers (I did chuckle at Jeepers, ie Jeepers creepers!). This group of kids got rid of their last teacher, but when they suspect their new one of being a vampire… all kinds happens! I mean, I’d also suspect her of being a vampire… coffin, accent, garlic aversion and all. I hope there’s more to this series because this first one was a load of fun and perfect for the upcoming SPOOKY season!

Investigators: Off the Hook – John Patrick Green

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The InvestiGators are the best crime-fighting duo in the world. But not even their hi-tech training programs can prepare them for the return of their greatest nemesis, Crackerdile, in a shocking new form! Even worse, he’s creating a team of super villains! Faced with the choice between saving themselves or catching the crooks, can Mango and Brash make sure the gator good prevails?

This, like Amulet, is so incredibly popular in school (not just with my Y6s, but with the whole of Key Stage 2!) so getting my hands on the brand new one was a very popular decision in school! I bloody love the Investigators graphic novels and this third one is no different. Made me audibly laugh out loud at a few points. This is full of fending off baddies (some that we know and some that are new!), hilarious puns and a whole load of fun. John Patrick Green has written yet another winner that I know kids and teachers up and down the land are going to just adore! I personally know at least 30 who will be over the moon to see this! And I eagerly await the next book in this series!

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And that’s it for today! I’ve had a productive graphic novel reading month so far, so I’m sure I’ll be back with some more graphic novel mini reviews in the next week or so!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if you have any recommendations for graphic novels for me to buy that would work for my Y6s, I’d love to hear them! Even better if you can tell me how to get them cheap second hand, ha!

S x

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