Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

DOG OF THE DEAD by Maxwell  Shepherd
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 12, 2018

"An unusually affecting tale of a man and his dog, complemented by frequently strong artwork."
A man and his faithful canine wander through the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse in this debut graphic novel. Read full book review >
NIGHTHAWK AND LITTLE ELK by Eelonqa K. Harris
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 29, 2017

"A quirky and vivid primer for parents to teach kids about environmentalism."
In this debut graphic novel, two siblings escape their foster mother and survive in the woods on wits, magic, and love. Read full book review >

MEDITERRANEAN by Armin Greder
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2018

"A chilling and thought-provoking book about human, political, and economic aspects of the refugee crisis in a medium that makes it accessible to a wide array of audiences. (Informational picture book. 8-adult)"
An art book by Bologna Ragazzi Award-winner Greder (The Island, 2008, etc.) about the European migrant crisis. Read full book review >
THE FOREST by Riccardo Bozzi
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: June 5, 2018

"Students of design will appreciate the construction and the lush, vibrant compositions; those seeking comfort for end-of-life matters will want to look elsewhere. (Picture book. 10-adult)"
Bozzi, an Italian journalist and poet, envisions a forest journey as a metaphor for the stages of life. Read full book review >
LEGEND OF SUMERIA by Jay  Webb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2018

"An intelligent, entertaining take on the possibilities of science."
In Webb and Parekkadan's debut graphic novel, a near-future civilization is in danger of collapse, due to bioterrorism and a miracle drug that may no longer be effective. Read full book review >

GEEKS & GREEKS by Steve  Altes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2016

"An affectionate and entertaining glimpse at a renowned college's offbeat campus life."
In this graphic novel, an MIT freshman quickly finds himself immersed in the university's long-standing tradition of elaborate pranks. Read full book review >
BEASTS OF INDIA by Kanchana Arni
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2018

"Lovely, but for art enthusiasts and book collectors more than for child readers. (Picture book. 8-adult)"
An Indian import, this art book functions as an introduction to a variety of traditional art forms from the Indian subcontinent. Read full book review >
SQUARE by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"For all its brevity, chockablock with philosophical topics to ponder and debate. (Picture book. 10-adult)"
In the wake of Triangle (2017), a further raft of ontological posers in stripped-down geometric garb. Read full book review >
THE FISHING LESSON by Heinrich Böll
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2018

"A lesson about success delivered with humor and graceful irony. (Picture book. 5-10, adult)"
An adaptation of Böll's fable about not letting work overtake one's life. Read full book review >
SUGAR TOWN by Hazel Newlevant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A lushly illustrated comic that explores bisexuality, queer culture, and unconventional sex through the upbeat story of a woman's vacation romance."
In this graphic novel, the simple story of two weeks in the life of a young woman provides insights into the complexities of polyamorous relationships. Read full book review >
TUNNEL TO HELL by Scott  MacGregor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Illuminates a neglected but relevant part of history and subtly draws parallels to today's water infrastructure crises."
In 1916 Cleveland, a risky tunnel construction project brings together a black inventor and laborers in this debut graphic novel. Read full book review >
DALSTON MONSTERZZ by Dilraj Mann
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 27, 2018

"The novel ends with a promise of a sequel that has the potential to be a more gripping read than this debut. (Graphic horror. 14-adult)"
In gang-ridden, monster-infested multicultural Dalston, unlikely allies Roshan and Lolly must fight the most sinister force of all: the property developers gentrifying East London. 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 >