Kid-Safe Graphic Novels, March 2013
Brodart’s graphic novel expert, Kat Kan, is a strong advocate for introducing comics and graphic novels to young readers. She believes in the numerous studies that have proven the benefits of graphic novels, especially for reluctant readers. Keeping that in mind, she has developed her monthly kid-safe lists for us. These titles are those that don’t include any foul language or nudity; they are completely safe for school and public library environments, and can be circulated freely without worrying about young readers accessing the content. Below are just a few examples of kid-safe graphic novels from her most recent list, which you can view here.
In this thrilling Star Wars adventure, an uprising against the fledgling Galactic Empire leaves Emperor Palpatine close to death. Saving the Emperor, plus the Empire, looks like a lost cause, unless Darth Vader can uncover the secrets of the Jedi Council and locate the mysterious “Ghost Prison.” Star Wars book adaptations are always popular, and the graphic novel format works really well for those who started as fans of the movie. With Disney’s recent acquisition of the rights to the film franchise, and the announcement that at least three more movies are to come, popularity and demand for titles like this is sure to grow. Learn more about this title and place orders here.
This graphic novel collects the first volume of the multiple Eisner Award–nominated and multiple Glyph Award–winning series by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin. Princess Adrienne is tired of waiting to be rescued. So she, with her guardian dragon, Sparky, begins her own quest. As an added bonus, this volume contains a special, never-before-seen team-up short story between “Princeless” and “Skullkickers” written by Skullkickers creator Jim Zub and featuring the art of M. Goodwin. This graphic novel is written for readers ages ten to 14, and is perfect for anyone who is ready to head out into the world and make things happen for themselves instead of waiting around. Learn more about this title and place orders here.
Collecting “Road to Oz” volumes one through six, Oz follows Dorothy and Toto as the dusty roads of Kansas suddenly begin turning into magical highways, one of which is surely to lead to Oz! This graphic novel is sure to contain gorgeous art work, as the illustrator, Skottie Young, who worked on the New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning series The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its follow-up graphic novel The Marvelous Land of Oz. Even though all things Oz related are always popular, 2013 is sure to see an even bigger surge, as two different movies are being released: Dorothy of Oz, with Lea Michele giving voice to the main character, and Oz, the Great and Powerful, with James Franco in the lead. Stock up on Oz now before the frenzy really begins. Learn more about this title and place orders here.
The greatest detective of all time investigates the seemingly supernatural in this adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel The Hound of the Baskervilles. Martin Powell and Jamie Chase blend modern comics, classic detective fiction, and the adventurous sensibilities of the pulp novel into a delectable Sherlock Holmes mystery. The graphic novel is designed for readers ages ten to 14, and is a great way to introduce one of the best pieces of classic literature to readers who may be a bit put off by the scope of the actual novel. Perfect for any classroom setting, or to have on-hand in a public library for students looking for help with their assignments. Learn more about this title and place orders here.