Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews

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 >
SHAKA RISING by Luke Molver
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A worthy introduction that offers a young Anglophone audience entry into a legend of Africa without the annoyance of overtranslation and with refreshingly three-dimensional characters. (Graphic historical fiction. 12-adult)"
Shaka Zulu rises to power amid great regional turmoil to defend his people against the tide of the expanding European-backed slave trade. Read full book review >

WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS by Vesper Stamper
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Evil that is impossibly difficult to comprehend and filled with word-images that will leave readers gasping. The author's dedication says it all, in both Hebrew and English: 'Remember.' (author's note, map, glossary, resources, acknowledgments; not seen) (Historical fiction. 14-adult)"
Gerta didn't know she was Jewish until she and her father were taken for transport by the Nazis. Read full book review >
GRACE FOR GUS by Harry Bliss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A heartwarming call and response. (Graphic fiction. 5-adult)"
Based on a short film by Bliss' son, Alexander, this nearly wordless graphic novel follows a seemingly quiet second-grader through an eventful 24 hours. Read full book review >
ELEMENTS: FIRE by Taneka Stotts
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 11, 2017

"An impressive, memorable anthology highlighting writers and artists of color."
A collection delivers comics by artists of color from around the world. Read full book review >

CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE by Jill Shalvis
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Shalvis achieves another winning love story with her signature mix of witty banter, lighthearted humor, and romantic high notes."
When Colbie takes a much-needed break, she doesn't expect to meet the man of her dreams or find unexpected balance, but when she does, will it mean completely leaving her old life behind to embrace her newfound happiness? Read full book review >
POP-UP SHAKESPEARE by Reed Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"The plays are really the thing, but these concise and often hilarious takes offer tantalizing hints of their enduring value, along with their content. (Informational pop-up. 12-adult)"
Is it possible for one not-very-large volume to contain pop-up summaries of the Bard's every play and poem, with representative scenes, settings, quotes, and historical notes? Read full book review >
A DOWN-HOME TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Nancy Allen
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A humorous but flawed parody best suited for young adults and adults rather than the picture-book audience. (author's note) (Picture book. 11-adult)"
A young white woman named Cyndi Lou is presented with unusual (and sometimes-unwelcome) gifts for the 12 days of Christmas by her suitor, Billy Ray. Read full book review >
DICTIONARY OF WITCHES by Grégoire  Solotareff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A surprising treat with a cackle on every page, this is a perfect book for Halloween or any day ending in Y. (Picture book. 6-adult)"
French artist and author Solotareff provides readers of most ages with an alphabetical guide to identifying, understanding, and avoiding the witch community. Read full book review >
(H)AFROCENTRIC COMICS by Juliana "Jewels"  Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Readers will be smitten with Naima, and they will hope for more of her. (Graphic novel. 14-adult)"
Originally published in four separate volumes, this graphic novel introduces the outspoken college-student revolutionary Naima Pepper and her friends. Read full book review >
LOOK! WHAT DO YOU SEE? by Xu Bing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Wow! This cross-cultural cipher is a feast for the eyes and a challenge for the mind. (Picture book. 8-adult)"
At first glance, this book looks indecipherable—but look closer! Read full book review >
DEADLY HARVEST by Thomas C. Ramey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2017

"A potent, educational work whose simple presentation doesn't weaken its message."
Ramey's (Saving Sam, 2012) graphic novel takes a look at the ways that humanity is devastating the planet and the frightening prospect of humanity's extinction.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 >