Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

DROWNED CITY by Don Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An excellent chronicle of the tragedy for a broad audience; children, teens, and adults will all be moved. (source notes, bibliography) (Graphic nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Following the stellar The Great American Dust Bowl (2013), Brown tells the story of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on New Orleans, beginning with "a swirl of unremarkable wind" in "early August, 2005" and ending with the observation that "By 2012, only 80 percent of New Orleans's residents had returned."Read full book review >
LOST PROPERTY by Andy Poyiadgi
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2015

"The general premise is an old favorite, though here it gets an inflection that may appeal best to audiences familiar with the accretion of loss. (Graphic short story. 14 & up)"
In this short graphic tale a mail carrier's past comes back not to haunt but to inspire him. Read full book review >

NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: May 19, 2015

"If you're going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one. (Graphic fantasy. 13 & up)"
A not-so-bad villain fighting against a not-so-good hero teams up with a spunky shape-shifting heroine in a cleverly envisioned world. Read full book review >
LAST OF THE SANDWALKERS by Jay Hosler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Hosler's sincere excitement in both the pursuit of knowledge and the power of comics makes these bugs eminently memorable. (illustrated cast of characters) (Graphic fantasy. 10 & up)"
Entomologist Hosler offers an epic adventure that delivers an astonishing amount of information in its interstices. Read full book review >
SHOULD YOU BE A RIVER by Ed Young
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"Mystifying and ultimately uplifting, this book challenges all of us to seek out the dizzying scope of love. (Picture book. 10 & up)"
Startling collages of torn photos, cut paper and calligraphy seek to describe love's many forms and feelings through comparisons found in nature. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >