Mini reviews: graphic novels are a go!

Good morning everyone!

I am here with some more graphic novels that I’ve read this year – these reviews are WELL LATE (sorry about that!). My kids (and my partner and I) are still totally loving graphic novels, and I’m more than happy to get some more, read some more and share with them… because then we all win ha!

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Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for. Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world. When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.

This was a gorgeously endearing and enchanting graphic novel and I properly loved it. This tells the story of a girl and a ghost in her laundromat. They are unlikely friends, but have a history and a connection. You know I love a graphic novel – this was just lush. The glimpse into the ghost world was well cute! The illustrations in this are just gorgeous… luckily, I have book 2 here to read straight away!

Marjorie Glatt’s life hasn’t been the same ever since she discovered a group of ghosts hiding in her family’s laundromat. Wendell, who died young and now must wander Earth as a ghost with nothing more than a sheet for a body, soon became one of Marjorie’s only friends. But when Marjorie finally gets accepted by the popular kids at school, she begins to worry that if anyone learns about her secret ghost friends, she’ll be labeled as a freak who sees dead people. With Marjorie’s insistence on keeping Wendell’s ghost identity a secret from her new friends, Wendell begins to feel even more invisible than he already is. Eliza Duncan feels invisible too. She’s an avid photographer, and her zealous interest in finding and photographing ghosts gets her labeled as “different” by all the other kids in school. Constantly feeling on the outside, Eliza begins to feel like a ghost herself. Marjorie must soon come to terms with the price she pays to be accepted by the popular kids. Is it worth losing her friend, Wendell? Is she partially to blame for the bullying Eliza endures?

The sequel to Sheets, and this was so lovely. This tells a very familiar set of stories: what it’s like to be different, how we all have struggles, but that our passions and talents matter. I thoroughly enjoyed this. As ever, the artwork is incredible. Wendell is just the canniest little thing in the world. I wouldn’t say these graphic novels are suitable for primary aged kids, but as ever, I think it’s important that teachers read and judge for themselves!

Frygea Forest… An ancient and mysterious place where trolls lurk in the mossy spaces between tree trunks and changelings scamper about, causing mischief. A place that Kyra and her sisters Margot and Janna return to every year to spend the summer at their grandma’s farm: roasting marshmallows, catching frogs and befriending tiny, grumpy root goblins. But this summer is different, and as teenage Margot drifts apart from her sisters, slamming doors and keeping secrets, Kyra starts to worry. When Margot is enticed into the woods by the mysterious figures in the mist, Kyra resolves to do everything in her power to save her sister from danger, even if that means facing the spooky forces within Frygea Forest with just her kid sister for help.

Thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel. I was sent it from the publishers and as soon as it arrived, I knew I needed to get it read (so much so that my girlfriend read it straight after me!) This is a brilliant tale of fear, stories of a creepy forest and growing up. You wouldn’t find me wandering through this forest alone! Some brilliant chat around periods in this that I think is much needed in kids books – not enough books talk about this subject that, let’s be real, happens commonly. This is going to be brilliant for my Y6 classroom – bring on more books like this!

Zuli is extraordinary–she just doesn’t realize it yet. Raised by mystical bird spirits in the branches of the Great Tree, she’s never ventured beyond this safe haven. She’s never had to. Until now. When a sinister force threatens the life-giving magic of the tree, Zuli, along with her guardian owl, Frowly, must get to the root of it. So begins an adventure bigger than anything Zuli could’ve ever imagined–one that will bring her, along with some newfound friends, face-to-face with an ancient dragon, the so-called Witch-Queen, and most surprisingly of all: her true identity.

I thought this was great. I loved all of the chat about powers and I thought there were some gorgeous spreads in this! The artwork ahs stuck with me ever since I read this and I can’t wait to read the next one for both the story and the artwork alike. These characters are likeable and the whole world is something that fascinated me from the get go! It was a great premise too – the souls needing to be saved and the way in which they needed to be saved.

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And that’s it for today! I’ve had a productive graphic novel reading year 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!

S x

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