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Xoc: The Journey of a Great White

Xoc: Journey of a Great White

Sharks, especially potential man-eaters like the great white, hold endless fascination for the public. Evidence of this can be found in the enduring popularity of Discovery’s Shark Week. Matt Dembicki capitalizes on that appeal with his graphic novel, Xoc: The…

The Dumbest Idea Ever!

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Jimmy Gownley’s reflective look at his youth and his enthrallment with the comic book world, while personal and introspective, is honest and appealing. It offers the reader a chance to get to know several of its characters and to join…

Waluk

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It’s normal for a young polar bear’s mother to abandon him—that’s how the bears learn to fend for themselves. Unfortunately for Waluk, when his mother leaves he’s faced with slimmer pickings than polar bears past. The Arctic is losing ice,…

The Big Wet Balloon

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Matilda can’t wait for her sister Clementine to wake up. Even though Clementine is so young she sleeps in a crib and only talks a little, Matilda has plans for them, big Saturday plans. That’s because everything is better on…

FAME: Taylor Swift

I had no illusions of quality or even basic competence as I began to read FAME: Taylor Swift. I’ve read too many comics by Bluewater Productions to expect anything but the worst. What else could one expect from a publishing…

Mr. Big: A Tale of Pond Life

A vengeful fish couple, mourning the loss of their guppies — eaten by Mr. Big the Snapping Turtle — decide to rid the pond of the old terror, regardless of the warnings of others about disturbing the balance of nature.…

Poopy Claws

How can anyone resist an all-ages book about cat poop? Familiar situations such as a cat preferring the sandbox to its litter box, the cat’s energetic and inclusive body licking, the shedding of cat hair, and family compromises in regards…

Big Nate comic strip collections

The first Big Nate book I read was Big Nate: in a class by himself, the first of Lincoln Peirce’s graphic novel hybrid series. I really enjoyed getting to know the trouble-making Nate and laughed with him and at him…

Drama

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Raina Telgemeier, author of last year’s incredibly popular and incredibly awesome graphic novel of growing up and losing teeth, Smile, has done it again. This year readers will be treated to her newest story of new friends, new loves, and…