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Hamster and Cheese

hamster and cheese cover image Hamster and Cheese by Colleen A.F. Venable and Stephanie Yue
Recommended for: Grades 2-5

First in the Guinea PIg, Pet Shop Private Eye series, Hamster and Cheese tells the story of a reluctant detective and her irrepressible (and self-appointed) sidekick who are on a quest for a missing sandwich. Funny characters (including Mr. Venezi, the befuddled pet shop owner) and detailed drawings make this a great read. Includes fun facts about animals at the end of each story.

Reviewed by: Ms. GS

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Giants Beware!

Giants Beware coverGiants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado
Recommended for: Grades 2-5

Claudette longs to be a fierce giant-slayer, like her father.  Her brother Gaston longs to be a pastry chef, and their best friend Marie dreams of becoming a princess.  Her brother and friend don’t think they are brave, but they are proved wrong when Claudette tricks them into coming with her on a quest to slay the fabled baby-feet-eating giant who lives in a nearby mountain range.  This graphic novel is filled with funny, unique characters, fast-paced action, and gorgeous full-color illustrations.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Nursery Rhyme Comics

Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 timeless rhymes from 50 celebrated cartoonists
Recommended for: Grades K and up

All of your favorite nursery rhyme characters come to life like never before in this fun and creative book.  Each story is one to 3 pages long, and it is amazing to see how the artists turn short little rhymes into more intricate stories.  This is truly an “all ages” book, with appeal for young children all the way up to adults.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Sidekicks

Sidekicks by Dan Santat
Recommended for: Grades 3-5

Captain Amazing, defender of Metro City, is getting older.  After an especially fierce superhero battle, he decides he needs a sidekick.  His four pets, Manny the cat, Roscoe the dog, Fluffy the hamster, and Shifty the chameleon, all vie to be his chosen sidekick, and end up saving their master in his ultimate time of need.  This graphic novel is full of great superhero action and humor, and is a surprisingly touching story about friendship and family, too.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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There’s a Princess in the Palace

There’s a Princess in the Palace by Zoe B. Alley
Recommended for: Grades 3-5

This large scale graphic novel is a hilarious mash-up of fractured princess fairy tales.  Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and more, are all interwoven to become characters in the same family.  Filled with puns, asides, wit and sarcasm, this is a story you can read through quickly, then go back and spend time looking at the funny detailed pictures.
If you like fractured fairy tales and comics, check out these other titles: There’s a Wolf at the Door, Beauty and the Squat Bears, The Hunger of the Seven Squat Bears, Goldilocks and the Seven Squat Bears, Rapunzel’s Revenge, and Calamity Jack.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Zita the Spacegirl

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Recommended for: Grades 2-5

While walking home from school one day, Zita and her friend Joseph stumble upon a mysterious device. When Zita presses the big red button and a portal to another world takes Joseph away, the adventure begins. Zita goes after him, and on her quest to save her friend, she encounters and befriends all sorts of strange creatures. A brave and headstrong heroine, funny and adorable alien characters, and tons of exciting action make this a real page-turner.

I am looking forward to more Zita books! If you like Babymouse, you might want to give Zita a try.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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The Unsinkable Walker Bean

The Unsinkable Walker Bean by Aaron Renier
Recommended for: Grades 5 and up

Walker Bean is a pudgy, pale, nerdy hero who gets pulled into a fantastical adventure involving sea witches, a glowing talking skull, an evil curse, and nefarious pirates.  A little bit Harry Potter and a little bit Pirates of the Caribbean, The Unsinkable Walker Bean is a unique and thrilling page-turner.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Long Tail Kitty

Long Tail Kitty by Lark Pien
Recommended for: Grades K-3

Welcome to the world of Long Tail Kitty, also known as LTK.  LTK takes you on a tour of his town, introduces you to his friends the grumpy bee, Big Tall Mouse and some aliens from far, far away.  This short and simple graphic novel will delight young readers and those who love sweet, silly kitties with attitude.  A bonus chapter shows how to draw your own Long Tail Kitty, with all his many moods ~ soon you’ll be writing LTK stories, too!

Reviewed by: Ms. Bender

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The Courageous Princess

The Courageous Princess by Rod Espinosa
Recommended for:  Grades 3-6

Princess Mabelrose of New Tinsley may not be the most beautiful princess around, but she is loyal and kind. She lives a happy life with her parents until the day she is snatched from them by Shalathrumnostrium, “the most fearsome dragon ever to roam the Hundred Kingdoms.” Mabelrose must escape his lair and make her way back home across the Hundred Kingdoms, encountering danger and making friends along the way. This graphic novel will appeal to fans of Disney heroines and fairy tales. You’ll be rooting for Mabelrose to find her way home!

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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The Storm in the Barn

The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan
Recommended for: Grades 4 and up

It is 1937 in Kansas. Dust has taken over the land, and 11-year-old Jack’s life has stalled. There are no crops to farm and his father won’t let him help with any “man’s work” around the house. When he goes into town, the local boys pick fights with him. At home, his sister is bedridden with illness. Jack longs for a way to break out, become a man, and feel needed. Then he notices the bright lightning flashes coming from the abandoned farm next door. What is lurking in that dark and gloomy building?

This graphic novel combines historical fiction with fantasy and thrilling adventure. Your heart will be pounding in your chest as Jack walks into the dark barn at night, flashlight held high to see what is lurking inside. The Storm in the Barn is a coming of age tale set during a fascinating time in American history.
Winner of the 2010 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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