Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

MACBETH by William Shakespeare
by William Shakespeare, adapted by Gareth Hinds, illustrated by Gareth Hinds
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"An adaptation both respectful and daring that should please all but the most ardent traditionalists. (Graphic drama. 12 & up)"
Having previously interpreted The Merchant of Venice (2008), King Lear (2009) and Romeo and Juliet (2013), Hinds turns his pencil to the Scottish Play.Read full book review >
THE SCULPTOR by Scott McCloud
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Masterfully paneled and attractively illustrated but populated by archetypes."
Comics writer/illustrator and theorist McCloud (Making Comics, 2006, etc.) presents an artist's struggle to make a name for himself and the complications love brings to the Faustian deal he's made to gain total control of his craft.Read full book review >

ELLA by Mallory Kasdan
by Mallory Kasdan, illustrated by Marcos Chin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"For hipsters of all ages. (Picture book. 6-adult)"
An iconic picture book gets rebooted. Read full book review >
MARCH by John Lewis
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"'We're gonna march'—oh, yes. (Graphic memoir. 11 & up)"
Heroism and steadiness of purpose continue to light up Lewis' frank, harrowing account of the civil rights movement's climactic days—here, from cafeteria sit-ins in Nashville to the March on Washington. Read full book review >
MACANUDO #2 by Liniers
by Liniers, illustrated by Liniers, translated by Mara Faye Lethem
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 27, 2014

"Fresh, thought-provoking, consistently amusing; readers will start to browse, then find they've finished it. (Comic strips. 12 & up)"
A second collection of daily comic strips from Argentine cartoonist and children's-book creator Liniers (What There Is Before There Is Anything There, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >

HERE by Richard McGuire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"A gorgeous symphony."
Illustrator McGuire (What's Wrong With This Book, 1997, etc.) once again frames a fixed space across the millennia.Read full book review >
OUTLAW PETE by Bruce Springsteen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A handsome, undercooked curio best enjoyed by Springsteen's devoted—and in conjunction with the source material."
Cartoonist Caruso (Heart Transplant, 2010, etc.) adapts Springsteen's song about the inescapability of one's own nature into a picture book.Read full book review >
THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL by Stephen Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Rich, creamy art and playful paneling make for a fun read."
Cartoonist Collins' debut graphic novel is a long, smooth fable of a man whose unkempt facial hair ravages the tidy city of Here. Read full book review >
I REMEMBER BEIRUT by Zeina Abirached
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Meandering and experimental but surprisingly evocative. (Graphic memoir. 12 & up)"
Abirached, who grew up in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war, shares childhood memories in this unconventional graphic memoir. Read full book review >
THE RISE OF AURORA WEST by Paul Pope
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Markedly different than its predecessor but a worthy tale nonetheless. (Graphic adventure. 12 & up)
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Before Battling Boy came to slay the monsters of Arcopolis, Aurora West sought out the monsters that terrorized her city and killed her mother.Read full book review >
THE WRENCHIES by Farel Dalrymple
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Morbid and discomfiting; not for the faint of heart, but what a ride for those who go with the flow. (Graphic science fiction. 15 & up)"
Children must fight a complicated evil in this dark, disturbing sci-fi tale. Read full book review >
SUGAR SKULL by Charles Burns
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A fittingly audacious finale to an artistically ambitious trilogy, one that pays homage to the comic books of old yet takes the art to another, weirder level."
The third volume in a trilogy concludes a renowned graphic artist's hallucinatory descent into comic-book hell—and it doesn't end prettily. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >