Getting Graphic! Comics for Kids
by Michele Gorman
December 2007, 96pp, 7x10
1 volume, Linworth

Paperback: 978-1-58683-327-5
$24.95, £19, 21€, A36
eBook Available: 978-1-58683-369-5
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Finally—a resource for selecting graphic novels at the elementary level! Getting Graphic! Comics for Kids is the first comprehensive listing of graphic novels specifically targeted for the elementary reader. This handy resource includes annotated bibliographies of graphic novels for kids 6-12, all carefully reviewed by Michele Gorman, one of today’s leading authorities on graphic novels in the library world. No more worrying whether the graphic novel content is appropriate for young readers. Now, there is a book you can trust to help you develop a quality, age-appropriate graphic novel collection for young readers, including fiction, nonfiction, and manga. It also contains more than 15 pages from some of the most popular comics for kids today, helping librarians and teachers understand the appeal of this popular format. You’ll also find a foreword by Jeff Smith, renowned creator of the Bone graphic novel series, as well as original cover art featuring cartoonist Jimmy Gownley’s adorable cast of characters from his outstanding Amelia Rules! series. This is a must have for elementary school librarians, public librarians, elementary teachers, and administrators.

Michele Gorman is the teen services manager at ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center; The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, NC.


"This book will be warmly welcomed by librarians and others who are faced with ever younger children clamoring to read graphic novels. An original Jimmy Gownley “Amelia Rules!” episode opens the book, offering a taste of age-appropriate comic fiction. The short introduction features a list of reasons to collect graphic novels for kids ages 4-12. The book is then divided into sections on comic fiction, manga, and comic nonfiction. Each section presents a collection of titles with descriptions and recommended age range. There are full-page reproductions from titles discussed, providing a much-needed opportunity to evaluate the graphic aspects of the works. Where the comic fiction section describes a slew of unique titles, many of the manga titles will be familiar from television cartoons or video games. The comic nonfiction covers too many titles from educational series, with over half the chapter devoted to a single series from one publisher. Despite the apparent unevenness in what’s available, this is a solid reference that will help librarians make informed decisions as they build graphic novel collections. Bibliography. Glossary. Web sites. Index. Recommended."—Library Media Connection, February 1, 2008
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