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Hawkeye, vols. 1-2

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Archer Clint Barton is better known to the world by his titles than his name: “Hawkeye,” “World’s Greatest Marksman,” and “Avenger”.  Barton is unenhanced, unpowered, and merely human, yet he holds his own in the superhero big leagues, despite being…

The Lunch Witch, volume 1

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Stories of magic and mischief, especially in comic form, are ripe for gimmicks. The Lunch Witch, by Deb Lucke, with its intended youthful audience and central supernatural character, has all the elements to get very gimmicky very quick, but skillfully…

We Dig Worms!

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Some people think it is easy to write for children, and those people are fools. You have to express a great deal in very few words, keep your imagery simple but rich, and, ideally, entertain while educating. Writing non-fiction for…

The Mutts Diaries

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A selection of Patrick McDonnell’s Mutts comic strips are collected here for the enjoyment of kids and adults alike. The collection is divided into strips featuring various characters. The two main sections are the “diaries” of Mooch the cat and…

Alive

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Alternative manga is often obtuse, which can be a detriment or a delight. Taguchi Hajime’s Alive is often both at once. The book is a collection of loosely-connected stories: teenagers hiding from their exams on a rooftop; a man who is afraid to love, cohabiting with a…

The Late Child and Other Animals

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The Late Child and Other Animals is an intriguing beast: a personal memoir of Marguerite Van Cook’s post-war British childhood that reads like lush fiction, segmented into seemingly unrelated stories that drift in and out of sharp focus. There’s a…

Beauty

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With a heroine bearing an uncanny resemblance to Snow White and a story peopled with buffoons, tyrants, and mischievous fairies, Beauty begs comparison, at least visually, to a Disney Princess film. But alternatively, it’s just about the farthest thing from…

Sisters

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Raina Telgemeier captures the gentle angst of tween sisterhood in her latest graphic novel, the aptly named Sisters. When young Raina realizes playing dolls would be more fun if she had someone to play with, she asks her parents for the…

Bird and Squirrrel on Ice

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Bird and Squirrel, those epic cartoon travelers, have returned. In their last adventure, the enthusiastic Bird convinced neurotic, timid Squirrel to accompany him on his journey south. After many detours, adventures, and near-death escapades, they finally reached their goal…but not…

Jellaby: The Lost Monster

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If the name Jellaby sounds familiar, then you might have had the pleasure of coming across him/her in other stories before. Jellaby has had a storied and award-winning life. Our friend has been published as an online webcomic (nominated for…

Monster Science series, vols. 1 & 2

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Capstone’s Monster Science series takes scientific principles and uses various classic monsters to explain and illustrate them in graphic format. Each book ends with additional information, including a glossary, several suggested books for further reading, and three questions relating the…

Comics Land, vol. 1-4

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Capstone’s Comics Land series offers short, funny stories for beginning readers. The books are in an eight by eight square format, rather than the traditional easy reader vertical rectangle. Each book opens with an introduction to the main characters and…