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 >
When The River Rises by D.C. Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2015

"Excellent as both an action piece and a crime drama."
From the writer and artist of Fallout (2015) comes a graphic novel inspired by true events at a Louisiana prison during Hurricane Katrina.Read full book review >

I WILL NOT by Naila Farouky
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 24, 2015

"'I will not': this brief book shows the positive power in a negative. (Picture book. 12 & up)"
A heartfelt lament by a Palestinian writer is paired to evocative images by an Israeli illustrator. Read full book review >
THE KING AND THE SEA by Heinz Janisch
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This gem's childlike warmth, whimsy, and wisdom bring to mind The Little Prince. (Picture book. 7 & up)"
The titular king, a smallish character made of paper and featuring crayoned features and crown, converses with many creatures and inanimate objects in a series of double-page "chapters," each title beginning, "The King and…." Read full book review >
TRAVELS OF AN EXTRAORDINARY HAMSTER by Astrid Desbordes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A blunt, at times knee-slapping story suitable for perceptive young readers, those unsure of social cues, and global readers alike. (Graphic novel. 7 & up)"
Hamster—a sarcastic, egocentric, yet still enjoyable protagonist—travels with his band of patient, tolerant timberland friends to the Arctic Circle. Read full book review >

LITTLE NEMO'S BIG NEW DREAMS by Josh O'Neill
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Inventive work by some of comics' most distinguished artists makes these tributes a triumph. (foreword, introduction, contributors' bios, bibliography) (Graphic anthology. 12 & up)"
Thirty-one graphic artists pay homage to newspaper cartoonist Winsor McCay. Read full book review >
HONOR GIRL by Maggie Thrash
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A luminescent memoir not to be missed. (Graphic memoir. 13 & up)"
Thrash chronicles one monumental summer at an all-girls' camp where she experienced her gut-wrenching first love. Read full book review >
ANN TENNA by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Zany with a touch of uplifting. You will be measurably hipper after reading it."
A high-spirited graphic novel skewers the Twitterati. Read full book review >
THE MARVELS by Brian Selznick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Time, grief, forgiveness, and love intersect in epic theater celebrating mysteries of the heart and spirit. (notes) (Fiction. 10 & up)"
In the final volume of a trilogy connected by theme, structural innovation, and exquisite visual storytelling, Selznick challenges readers to see. Read full book review >
THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"If this book isn't quite a masterpiece, it's certainly a treasure, and that's more than enough. (Fairy tale. 11-18)"
Is it fair to expect a masterpiece when Gaiman and Riddell work together? Probably. Read full book review >
FIRST MAN by Simon Schwartz
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A welcome profile of a little-known African-American explorer, despite its somewhat heavy-handed embroidery of the facts. (introduction, chronology, selected bibliography) (Graphic historical fiction. 13 & up)"
A fictionalized account of the life of Matthew Henson, the black American who reached the North Pole before Robert Peary, told in graphic form. Read full book review >
KILLING AND DYING by Adrian Tomine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Achingly human and divinely rendered."
A collection of six previously published graphic stories of life's bittersweet struggles, from illustrator/writer Tomine (New York Postcards, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >