I was going to review three of these new DC graphic novels for younger readers together. However, each one is so different that they each need their own review. Diana: Princess of the Amazons is a decent story with a good lesson and lots of girl power. It is the story of how a princess called Diana starts to learn about becoming Wonder Woman. It is for ages 7 to 10. And, while boys could read, I do think that it is aimed more at girls of that age range. Authors Shannon Hale and Dean Hale show us 11-year-old Princess […]
Best Friends is Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham’s second relatable for the 10 and up crowd graphic novel. Adults can see themselves, too (then and now) in this book about being a sixth grader where when you think you have it figured out, everything changes. Again. A fast-paced story takes Shannon and her friends through the trials of growing up. The year is 1985 but it could be anytime. Friendships change, boys are no longer “off limits” for friends, you still only play with the ones “you like” but of course, you do not actually play. Rating phone calls no […]
#cbr11bingo #ILoveThis (Warning long review) This is the second time I have read Real Friends by Shannon Hale. And it is still as good, if not better this time around. The great thing about this newer generation of graphic novels is that they are so much more relatable than they used to be. Of course, there is still the stigma that they are “just comics” but even “back in the day” they were so much more than that. Books like Shannon Hale, Jennifer Holm or Raina Telgemeier are novels that give the story of “fitting in” or “trying to overcome […]
This was such a mixed bag of a reading experience. Honestly, though, I figured it might be. I’ve read a couple of Shannon Hale’s adult novels before this, and neither of them worked for me. And the Goodreads average rating for this book is not great. But I was still hoping! Especially considering the premise. It wasn’t one of those ‘meh’ reads, either. One second I would be actively hating what was going on, irritated with the main character, the next, something adorable would happen and I would be happy again. I have three main complaints: 1) The main character, 2) the […]
Squirrel Girl is a breath of fresh air in the super hero genre. Created by author Will Murray and artist Steve Ditko, Squirrel Girl was introduced to the Marvel comics universe in 1991 due to a desire to create a lighthearted superhero story. The character floated around for a while teaming up with Avengers and other super groups. In 2015 she was rebooted and given her own comic series, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. She has become quite a popular character, especially with younger audiences, and this chapter book, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World came about to meet the demand for more SG […]
Questions probably everyone has asked are: “Real Friends. Who are they?” And “How do I get some?” Shannon is no different. Growing up as the middle child, she always tried to find her place. Not really close in age to any of her siblings, she never had a friend until Kindergarten. As the years go along, she realizes friends are not easy to understand. In a graphic novel format, Hale and Pham consider the world of one girl who is just trying to get through life. The afterwards gives glimpses into the real story. While everything is based in fact, […]
I came home from a poop day at work to a book exchange package from Katie (faintingviolet) and it made my day. I legit squealed when I opened the first book and saw Wishful Drinking. And I’ve been meaning to read Austenland and start Sandman for yearrrrs. (Although, I will confess that I’m actually super intimidated to start Sandman.) Thank you so much, Katie! And thank you for organizing this beautimous tradition.
He smelled of gardens, tricked her brain into believing she was irresistible, and made the idea of falling in love seem possible again. … Also, he turned out to be a jackass.” I’m having a slight difficulty writing this review because I saw the movie after I read the book (as is universally accepted practice), but I disliked the movie so much that I’m finding it’s clouding my impressions of the book somewhat. So I’m going to do my best to keep that bias out of this, but it might sneak in here or there, and I thought I should […]