These books vary greatly in their ability to embrace the tools and conventions of sequential art. Bug is the less successful of the two. Slim in scope and in substance, although certainly wryly amusing in a slightly predictable manner, it has little to indicate that it is anything other than a picture book. Having characters speak with word balloons and having multiple images on a single page does not constitute a graphic novel, and this book will do little to establish or encourage the visual skills that proponents of the format espouse. A pleasant if innocuous tale, it seems to be called a "graphic novel" for the purposes of hype only. In the second title, fourth-grader Tiger Moth, self-proclaimed ninja and superhero, has to discover who stole a valuable painting from his elementary school. Multiple puns and the trappings of multiple genres are all tossed at readers so that there is at least a goodly potential of some of them finding a receptive audience. Clever, and with a solid moral about assumptions and good intentions, the book exhibits the basic visual literacies of graphic literature.
Benjamin RussellCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Tiger Moth works for truth and justice by working to solve the crime of the missing painting. Written in graphic-novel format.
Meet the Author
Aaron Reynolds loves bugs and loves books, so Tiger Moth was a perfect blend of both. Reynolds is the author of several great books for kids, including Chicks and Salsa, which Publishers Weekly called "a literary fandango." Reynolds had no idea what "fandango" meant. After looking it up in the dictionary, he learned the word means "playful and silly behavior." Reynolds hopes to write several more fandangos in the future. He lives near Chicago with his wife, two kids, and four insect-obsessed cats.
Erik Lervold was born in Puerto Rico, a small island in the Caribbean, and has been a professional painter. Deciding that he wanted to be a full-time artist, he moved to Florida, New York, Chicago, Duluth, and finally Minneapolis. He attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, majored in Comic Art, and graduated in 2004. Erik teaches classes in libraries in the Minneapolis area, and has taught art in the Minnesota Children's Museum. He loves the color green and has a bunch of really big goggles. He also loves sandwiches. If you want him to be your friend, bring him a roast beef sandwich and he will love you forever.
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