Saturday, August 21, 2010

Books of the Week – August 21, 2010

Here are our favorites (all graphic novels) from the past week:

Tintin (7 years old)

Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles
Author/illustrator: Frank Cammuso
Reading level: Ages 9-12, GN220L

Tintin has a thing for King Arthur stories, and this was no exception. In this version Artie King proves he's the king of Camelot Middle School, much to the disappointment of the cruel Mrs. Dagger and the dodgeball-loving bullies. Tintin also loved the second book in this series, The Dragon Players.

Sardine in Outer Space 3
Author/illustrator: Emmanuel Guibert/Joann Sfar
Reading level: Ages 9-12

In the third Sardine in Outer Space book, space pirates once again take on the evil Supermuscleman and his sidekick Doc Krok. Tintin is looking forward to reading the rest of this graphic novel series.

Johnny Boo (4 years old)

Benny and Penny in Just Pretend; Benny and Penny in the Big No-No; Benny and Penny in the Toy Breaker
Author/illustrator: Geoffrey Hayes
Reading level: Ages 4-8, GN90L; GN30L; BR 

Johnny Boo had to get all three of these easy-reader graphic novels out of the library (again). The books, about two mouse siblings who usually play nicely together and learn a couple of lessons along the way, are great for beginning independent readers and for children who like to act out stories with a parent or sibling.

Otto's Orange Day
Author/illustrator: Jay Lynch/Frank Cammuso
Reading level: Ages 4-8, GN230L

Another great TOON Book, Otto's Orange Day is about a cat who learns why he should be careful about what he wishes for. This one is a bit more advanced than the Benny and Penny books, but kids who aren't quite at this reading level would probably still enjoy reading the fun sound effects while a parent reads the rest.

For more TOON Books fun, you can hear the books being read with the TOON Reader, or check out the cartoon maker. Here's a cartoon Johnny Boo made all by himself (please excuse the 4-year-old-boy-with-older-brother humor):


Raising a Happy Child said...

Thanks for joining WMCIR! I have never heard of Toon reader before, but I checked the link, and the idea of reading online (especially in English AND in Russian :)) looks intriguing. We have to check some of these graphic book out, since daughter usually really enjoys these kind of stories.

Anonymous said...

Cute ideas. My son needs more books to inspire him to read. I'll have to check these out.