Mini reviews: more graphic novel goodies!

Good morning everyone!

I am here with some more graphic novels that I’ve read in the past few months – 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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Mr Wolf’s Class: Snow Day – Aron Nels Steinke

It’s snowing, and there’s excitement in the air because the school day might end early. Students and teachers alike are looking forward to seeing what happens! Meanwhile, Abdi is distracted and worried because his brother is having surgery. He’s supposed to go home with Henry, but they miss the bus and end up having an unexpected adventure with Mr. Wolf!

I bloody love the Mr Wolfs Class books – I’ve been eagerly awaiting this one. Mr Wolf is a great teacher and his class are lovely to boot! What happens when it snows blizzards and Mr Wolf ends up stuck in school? Well a very fun adventure with soup, frozen burritos and movies! My class have been utterly adoring this… and I’ve had to buy an extra copy because out other one has been so well loved!

Click – Kayla Miller

Olive “clicks” with everyone in the fifth grade—until one day she doesn’t. When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she begins to panic, wondering why all her friends have already formed their own groups . . . without her. With the performance drawing closer by the minute, will Olive be able to find her own place in the show before the curtain comes up?

Loved this from Kayla Miller. Poor Olive doesn’t feel like she fits in for the school talent show, but when her auntie shows her something, it inspires her! I think this is brilliant message to deliver about having passions and friendships and them not always being the same! This is another one that’s super popular with my kids – it feels a bit more “grown up” than some of the other graphic novels we have!

Ms Marvel: Stretched Thin – Nadia Shammas

Kamala Khan (a.k.a. Ms. Marvel) is stretched too thin-literally. She’s having a hard time balancing schoolwork with being a good friend, being there for her family, becoming the best fanfic writer this side of the Hudson River . . . and, you know, becoming a Super Hero. She’s tired and just barely keeping control, BUT she’s handling it. Totally. But when a mysterious robot tries to infiltrate Avengers Tower, it’ll be up to Ms. Marvel to (again, literally) pull herself together, learn to ask for help, and fix the mess she’s made before anyone gets hurt!

I loved this! Messages about online safety, working as a team and of course the brilliant Marvel gang. I didn’t know much about Ms Marvel before this, but now I’m very curious about her! The artwork in this by Nabi H Ali is just exceptional. Can’t wait for more! The kids are loving having representation of children of other faiths AND Marvel in the classroom!

Piece by Piece: The Story of Nisrin’s Hijab

Nisrin is a 13-year-old Bangladeshi-American girl living in Milwaukie, Oregon, in 2002. As she nears the end of eighth grade, she gives a presentation for World Culture Day about Bangladesh while wearing a traditional cultural dress. On her way home, she is the victim of a hate crime when a man violently attacks her for wearing a headscarf.

This was hard to read at times. Looking at the world through the eyes of someone else can be enlightening and eye opening. This book would fit perfectly in a KS3 library. A story about faith, standing steady and discrimination… but also friendship and family.

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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! I have loads of reviews to catch up on! I would love some recommendations though…

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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