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> Re: John Allen's hit of Graphic novels:
> You missed one of my favorites for 2005: the Babymouse series (Babymouse, 
> Queen of the World and Babymouse: Our Hero are the two out so far) by Jennifer 
> and Matthew Holm. They are hilarious and irresistible to read, grades 1-5.
My write-up:
So far there are two graphic novels for younger readers about the endearing 
daydreamer, Babymouse, written and illustrated by the talented team of Jennifer 
L. Holm, author of Newbery Honor novel, Our Only May Amelia, and her brother, 
Matthew, a graphic designer. Drawn with heavy black lines and hand-drawn 
panels, highlighted in passionate pink, the illustrations are refreshingly 
original; the sprightly title character survives the horrors at school through her 
vivid fantasies. I adored them both, but the second one, Babymouse: Our Hero, 
where Babymouse must go up against her nemesis, the cat Felicia Furrypaws, in 
the one aspect of school that is her undoing—dodgeball, made me laugh even 
harder than the first,     Babymouse, Queen of the World, where she gets herself 
invited to a sleepover at Felicia's house.
GERM: You can't really read these aloud; they're read-alones that readers 
will pore over and laugh, but certainly, your cartoonists can write and 
illustrate further adventures of Babymouse or dream up their own characters.

Judy Freeman
Children's Literature Consultant
Author of the forthcoming Books Kids Will Sit Still For 3
  (Libraries Unlimited, 2005;
65 North Sixth Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
732-572-5634 /

> Date:    Tue, 6 Dec 2005 10:16:18 -0500
> From:    John Allen <kaiserkangaroo@COX.NET>
> Subject: Hit: Graphic novels for Elementary
> I would like to thank everyone who responded so quickly.  I am always 
> impressed by how helpful the majority of people on this list can be.  Responses 
> posted below.  I hope it helps.
> John Allen
> Media Specialist
> Kaiser Elementary School
> Oklahoma City, OK
> The graphic biographies from Capstone Press
> h
> The "Little Lit" Series by Art Spiegelman (et. al) is super. (It was a
> dark and silly night, Strange stories for Strange kids, Folklores and
> Fairytale funnies)
> Amelia rules! series - Jimmy Gownley
> Kim Possible series - Bob Schooley
> My Neighbor Totoro series - Hayao Miyazaki
> Little Vampire does Kung fu! - Joann Sfar (series perhaps?)
> Little Lit series
> Hope this helps - I have only 4th and 5th
> There's a great article in the January 2005 issue of Library Media
> Connection called "Graphic Novels for the Elementary School Audience" by 
> Maureen Mooney (sorry I don't have the link handy). I just referenced it for a 
> graduate school project (and I hung onto it for recommendations for my 
> 6-year-old son).
> I have Avi's City of light, city of dark,  Gownley's Amelia rules and also 
> many of the Capstone graphic history and biographies (not novels but they read 
> them as if they are.)
> You would do great with the following titles/series:
> Bone by Jeff Smith (first book Out from Boneville)
> Amelia Rules! by Jimmy Gownley
> Bone by Jeff Smith - there are about 8 of them
> Ricky Ricotta by Dav Pilkey
> Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
> Electric Girl by Michael Brennan (2)
> W.I.T.C.H. Graphic Novels
> The Adventure of Tintin by Herge
> Akiko by Mark Crilley
> Elfquest by Wendy Pini
> Alison Dare Adventures by J. Torres
> Dragon Ball by Akira Toriya
> Look at the Dav Pilkey Books. Captain Underpants and Ricky Ricotta
> My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away (both series books).

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