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"The comprehensive index by title and character, as well as indexes by author and illustrator, help any user to locate the item they are looking for as well as titles of similar interest. This book will be of great use to the reader of graphic novels as well as the librarian performing readers' advisory to those perusers of this genre."
American Reference Books Annual
"Pawuk presents a bibliographic guide to graphic novels (and trade paperbacks) for librarians wishing to add ot their collection. Some 2,400 titles are listed by genre (super-heroes, action and adventure, fantasy, crime and mysteries, horror, contemporary life, humor, and nonfiction) and sub-genres and annotated with summary descriptions, basic publishing information, and age ratings. The listings have been chosen according to the following criteria: popularity, suitability, age level, genre, writing quality, artistic quality, artistic style, format, reputation, and awards and recognition. Also listed are publisher addresses, web sites, and other resources."
Reference & Research Book News
"If anyone still has any doubts that graphic novels and manga have crossed over into the realm of mainstream literature, just consider this newest addition to the Genreflecting Advisory Series. Readers are guided through nine main graphic groupings: Super-Heroes, Action and Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Crime and Mysteries, Horror, Contemporary Life, Humor, and Nonfiction. These main categories are further divided into subsets. For example, Fantasy encompasses Sword and Sorcery Fantasy, Fairy Tales and Folklore, and Dark Fantasy, to name a few….[l]ibrarians and media specialists will find this a helpful resource for both readers' advisory and collection development for this rapidly expanding medium….This timely and helpful resource will be a welcome addition to public- and secondary-school collections."
"In Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More (part of the Genreflecting Advisory Series), Pawuk takes more than 2,400 graphic novels: arranges them according to genre, subgenre, and theme; and provides plot summaries and overviews of the main characters….The introduction -- presented in comic format -- explains why you need a graphic novels collection and offers tips on building and getting the best use out of it. With this guide in hand, you might just turn into an otaku (i.e., devoted fan)."
"This accessible tome serves as both a readers' advisory tool and a collection-development aid for graphic novels and collected comic books in English. Symbols help readers gauge age-appropriateness, awards earned, and core-collection status. Within each genre, the works are organized by title. This helps because most readers know titles more than authors. Appendixes offer vital information on further reading, publishers, and useful Web sites. Each entry has good documentation and summaries, though some series titles are more up-to-date than others. Classics are included, but the vast majority of the titles are from the last decade. Books are well chosen and the genre-based organization makes this volume an especially good resource for school librarians seeking to provide graphic-novel options for classroom subjects and units. The broad age range covered (grade six to adult) and the lack of similar titles on the market make this volume a smart buy."
School Library Journal
"This major annotated bibliograhy of 2,500 graphic novels and related genres provides an advanced guide for building large collections for teens and adults….[t]his guide is recommended for the serious selector who reads and reads and reads this material and knows it and discusses the works with patrons."
"This in-depth graphic novel bibliography reference book is awe inspiring. Not only will it help librarians fill holes in their collections, but it also will be great for readers' advisory and displays….Although many librarians will want to use this book as a collection development source, it is best used for readers' advisory. Fans of the graphic novel format will really appreciate this bibliographic guide to expand their reading repertoire. It is highly recommended for libraries to purchase for their adult reference collection."
"Anyone doubting the wide, wild variety in graphic novels will be set straight by Pawuk's massive guide, with plot summaries for over 2400 titles organized by genre, subgenre, and theme. Icons identify award winners, core titles, reading levels, and media tie-ins. There are author, illustrator, and title indexes plus a short subject index. Appendixes list additional sources of information and major comics publishers, and an introduction in comics format gives brief general information about graphic novels and adding them to library collections. Note that this is a genre guide, not a comprehensive book on graphic novels in the library, and the focus is on titles popular with readers, winning critical acclaim, or considered classics….Highly recommended for readers' advisory functions and for collection development. Aficionado patrons can also use it to broaden their reading."
"Graphic novels are everywhere right now, but because of their popularity it can be overwhelming to know where to look when adding them to library collections. Pawuk's guide provides just what is needed: a place to find summaries of more than 2,400 titles and to gain insight into which graphic novels are worth reading.The volume covers titles in nine topical categories. Each entry includes descriptions of major plot points, characters, and an age recommendation…. Graphic Novels provides a valuable introduction to this format for librarians and readers who don't know where to start. It summarizes the classic titles and little-known treasures that should be in every library collection, and also covers an amazing variety of topics and characters….[R]ecommended for public libraries, as well as school and academic libraries looking to add graphic novels to their collections."
Reference & User Services Quartely
"Michael Pawuk has collected a vast amount of information and detail for the long-overdue (and necessary) readers' advisory tool Graphic Novels….[S]hould prove to be an invaluable tool for a librarian overwhelmed by where to start. Categorizing the hundreds of examples through genres such as Super-Heroes, Science Fiction, Humor, Contemporary Life, and Nonfiction, Pawuk describes each novel's plot, providing details such as the length of the series, the authors and illustrators, awards won, movies adapted from, and so forth. Both librarians and patrons will find a wealth of material to peruse, and newcomers to graphic novels will definitely discover something to pique their interest."
Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Resear
"Starred Review This well-designed and information-rich reference is a guide to the best graphic novels currently in the marketplace. Michael Pawuk explains in a unique visual comic-book style introduction that graphic novels are much longer than comic books and target a slightly older audience than picture books. He continues with important information about the design and use of this annotated bibliographic work….Because librarians can consult this valuable resource as a tool to reinvent teen collections and to entice teens to read, this work should be an essential purchase for all high school and public libraries. Highly Recommended."
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