Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

AGONY by Mark Beyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"Gorgeously madcap and brutally inspiring."
Two misfits try to stay positive as they stumble through a series of outlandishly unfortunate events in this reissue of Beyer's (Amy and Jordan, 2004) alt-comic classic.Read full book review >
THE NAMELESS CITY by Faith Erin Hicks
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 5, 2016

"A superb beginning. (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up) "
Eisner winner Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, 2013) launches a new graphic fantasy series about two friends from opposite sides of a generations-long conflict. Read full book review >

Gorilla Bath by Edward Rowe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2015

"Extremely short vignettes that often hit the mark, but a more focused selection with a unifying theme might have had greater appeal."
Rowe (Smile When You Get There, 2015) offers a short collection of lighthearted observations, illustrated with cartoons and drawings.Read full book review >
DELILAH DIRK AND THE KING'S SHILLING by Tony Cliff
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 8, 2016

"Irresistible and exhilarating. (Graphic adventure. 14 & up)"
Delilah and Selim head to England in this sequel to Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (2013). Read full book review >
THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE by Sonny Liew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"A fascinating look at a clever, uncompromising artist married to the times in which he lived."
In this graphic novel, Liew (Shadow Hero, 2014, etc.) presents the life and work of an obscure comic-book creator in tandem with the turbulent modern history of Singapore, the land both call home.Read full book review >

IDEAS ARE ALL AROUND by Philip C. Stead
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 1, 2016

"In all, Stead has given readers a deeply felt, deeply connected story that is homage to creation—and really quite brilliant. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
A ramble through the neighborhood gets the creative juices going in this picture book. Read full book review >
MACBETH #KILLINGIT  by William Shakespeare
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Theater in general and Shakespeare in particular are notably protean, and the potential of this and its companions to inspire students to think outside the Globe is significant. (Graphic classic. 12 & up)"
Carbone continues her lively updating—or heretical butchery, depending on your point of view—of Shakespeare's plays. Read full book review >
Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz by Shannon Watters
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"An entertaining testament to the enduring richness of 'Peanuts' and the creativity it still inspires."
Celebrated cartoonists interpret the look, legacy, and worldview of the "Peanuts" comic strip in this vibrant homage to its creator.Read full book review >
THE STORY OF SNOWFLAKE AND INKDROP by Alessandro Gatti
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A love story with design elements and harmonious illustrations that might spread its appeal from children to adult readers looking for an unusual wedding gift and beyond. (Picture book. 6-8, adult)"
A snowflake meets a drop of ink in midair in this dreamy, creatively designed import. Read full book review >
THE INVISIBLE KINGDOM by Rob Ryan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Dim and dismal. (Illustrated fiction. 11-13, adult)"
Cut-paper silhouettes illustrate this large-format tale of a young prince's efforts to break the chains of loneliness and isolation imposed on him by his high station. Read full book review >
DARE TO DISAPPOINT by Özge Samanci
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A bright, perceptive bildungsroman with a distinctive setting. (Graphic memoir. 14 & up)"
Humor and youthful angst lighten this graphic memoir of life in a country pulled strongly in different directions by conflicts between Western and conservative Muslim values. Read full book review >
NAMING MONSTERS by Hannah Eaton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A warmly off-kilter coming-of-age story that evokes more than it explains."
A young woman struggles with modern woe and timeless nightmares in British graphic novelist Eaton's debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >