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Yo-Kai Watch, vols. 1-2

Yo-Kai Watch, volume 1

Nate Adams is a normal elementary school student until he releases a yo-kai named Whisper. Whisper gives him a device called a “yo-kai watch” which allows Nate to see yo-kai and, to Nate’s surprise, Whisper insists on becoming his butler.…

The Wild Piano, volume 2

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Philemon returns in another absurd adventure. In his first story, Cast Away on the Letter A, he finds himself on the crazy islands of the letters that span the map—the “A” of the Atlantic Ocean, to be precise. Now he’s worried…

True Stories of Survival Series

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Capstone usually does a good job with its collection of short, nonfiction graphic stories. Even if they’re not superlative art or literature, they’re readable, contain a good amount of information, and are very popular with readers. So I was quite…

Crystal Cadets, vol. 1

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Zoe has just started at a new school, and bullies have singled her out already. A trio of bold, confident girls stand up for Zoe, but then they start acting weird and rush off, not even talking to her. Things…

The Princess and the Pony

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Kate Beaton’s The Princess and the Pony is, intriguingly, not told via the sequential art form that makes her so well-known for her irreverent web comic, Hark! A Vagrant. Despite this, the picture book is clearly recognizable as Beaton’s work…

Nickolas Flux History Chronicles

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Capstone continues its nonfiction blend graphic novels with the Nickolas Flux series. I’ve read a lot of these nonfiction blends from various publishers and while they’re generally not award-winning in terms of writing or art, kids love them and they…

Dragon and Captain

Dragon and Captain

The plot of Dragon and Captain is rather standard fare for a picture book: two young boys engage in imaginative play with one pretending to be a dragon assisting the other, a sea captain searching for his lost ship. Armed with a…

FishFishFish

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This is the second installment in Nordling and Bosch’s unique graphic tales, Three Story Books. Three wordless but overlapping stories are told through three parallel panels, running across each spread. The opening spread introduces the story and how to read…