This page was last edited on 10 December 2017, at 17:18. SLJ’s “Good Comics awkward svetlana chmakova pdf Kids” bloggers curate their annual top 10 list of graphic novels for kids and teens. As the range of children’s graphic novels expands, authors are treading new ground and tackling different topics in imaginative ways. This year, our top 10 list includes Svetlana Chmakova’s Brave, a genuinely fresh take on bullying, and Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish’s The Wendy Project, in which a traumatic accident blurs the line between reality and fantasy for a teenage girl.
Katie O’Neill’s The Tea Dragon Society has a traditional feel to it, but her tale of dragons who produce magical tea is totally original. On the other end of the emotional scale, Louis Undercover is a story of parental love, alcoholism, and divorce, which may help many children realize they are not alone. From fantasy to reality, traditional to modern, this year’s list spans many types of stories, all told by talented creators. The follow-up to Awkward, set in the same middle school, follows Jensen, a nerdy loner who doesn’t realize how badly he’s being bullied until he participates in a journalism club project. He loves art, and a comic is the ideal format for Jensen’s story, since he has an active fantasy life that readers get to see on the page.
This is a subtle, well-observed treatment of a kid who doesn’t fit in. The various threads of friendship and belonging are woven masterfully and ring true, with a conclusion that brings everything together. Although Max is a princess gifted with the same powers of all the other princesses, she really wants to be a detective. Accompanied by her talking pony, she gets to use her abilities, both granted and hard-won through experience, when her younger brother is kidnapped. The journey to find Prince Bobs takes her to other kingdoms, including Atlantis and one with tiny people.
The settings and characters are imaginatively portrayed with a fluid, animation-influenced style and a fresh voice. This is an updated take on fairy-tale conventions with some valuable modern-day lessons. Delia is naturally curious about the biology around her. When she chases an out-of-place kiwi bird, she finds the Earth Time Museum, where she becomes a summer intern.
She’s in competition with kids from other eras, although they wind up having fun together. Loux’s style is streamlined and active, well suited to this story, which is full of imagination, excitement, and a love of learning and investigation. Hale’s childhood comes alive in this graphic memoir, which captures the turbulent relationships between sisters and friends from kindergarten days to fifth grade. From forging bonds to feeling left out, these familiar situations will capture readers, as everyone will find something to relate to in this story.
Pham’s vivid artwork brings the story together for an appealing and engrossing journey. After his family is split apart by his father’s alcohol problem, Louis tries to adjust to his new life of being shuffled back and forth between his parents, all the while searching for the courage to speak to his crush, a girl named Billie. Beautifully illustrated by Arsenault, this graphic novel poignantly deals with topics such as divorce and alcohol abuse in an age-appropriate manner perfect for middle grade readers and portrays a young male character with sensitivity—a welcome take on masculinity. After Wendy’s brother is killed in a car accident in which she was driving, the teen cannot come to terms with his death and insists that he is alive.
Urged by a therapist to write and draw in a journal to cope with her sorrow, Wendy draws images of a flying man and Neverland. The story will leave readers wondering if Wendy is still wallowing in grief or if her brother really is alive. Osborne and Fish weave in quotes and other elements from J. Black-and-white drawings with splashes of color effortlessly stir up a feeling of loss.