Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

THORNHILL by Pam Smy
Kirkus Star
by Pam Smy, illustrated by Pam Smy
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Beautiful, moody, sad, and spooky—all at once. (Horror/graphic hybrid. 10-adult)"
Decades after the tragedy at and closure of gothic Thornhill Institute, a new girl in town is drawn into its story. Read full book review >
MARCO POLO by Marco  Tabilio
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Complex even for history buffs, this one requires and merits a second read. (afterword, glossary) (Graphic historical fiction. 14-adult)"
Italian cartoonist Tabilio and translator Schwandt breathe some new life into Marco Polo and his travels in this debut graphic novel. Read full book review >

A DOWN-HOME TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Nancy Allen
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A humorous but flawed parody best suited for young adults and adults rather than the picture-book audience. (author's note) (Picture book. 11-adult)"
A young white woman named Cyndi Lou is presented with unusual (and sometimes-unwelcome) gifts for the 12 days of Christmas by her suitor, Billy Ray. Read full book review >
(H)AFROCENTRIC COMICS by Juliana "Jewels"  Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Readers will be smitten with Naima, and they will hope for more of her. (Graphic novel. 14-adult)"
Originally published in four separate volumes, this graphic novel introduces the outspoken college-student revolutionary Naima Pepper and her friends. Read full book review >
POPPIES OF IRAQ by Brigitte Findakly
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Small in size but large in impact, this intimate memoir is a highly relevant and compassionate story of family, community, prejudice, and the struggle to love when the forces of the world push groups apart. (timeline) (Graphic memoir. 10-adult)"
From the daughter of a French mother and Iraqi father comes a touching memoir of childhood in Iraq. Read full book review >

BRER RABBIT RETOLD by Arthur Flowers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A lavishly illustrated art book with a self-indulgent purpose that may appeal to adults but misses the mark for children's literature. (Picture book/folk tales. 5-10, adult)"
A successful reclamation project—or one that adds to an already-problematic literary history? Read full book review >
DICTIONARY OF WITCHES by Grégoire  Solotareff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A surprising treat with a cackle on every page, this is a perfect book for Halloween or any day ending in Y. (Picture book. 6-adult)"
French artist and author Solotareff provides readers of most ages with an alphabetical guide to identifying, understanding, and avoiding the witch community. Read full book review >
HER RIGHT FOOT by Dave Eggers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Occasionally mannered but heartfelt throughout and indisputably timely. (bibliography, source list) (Picture book. 9-13, adult)"
Everyone knows what the Statue of Liberty stands for—but, as Eggers notes, she's not actually "standing" at all. Read full book review >
LOOK! WHAT DO YOU SEE? by Xu Bing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Wow! This cross-cultural cipher is a feast for the eyes and a challenge for the mind. (Picture book. 8-adult)"
At first glance, this book looks indecipherable—but look closer! Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >