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Children's LiteratureThis annotated list of graphic novels includes an introduction designed to encourage readers to use these books in classrooms. Weiner's credentials for judging graphic novels extend to his own childhood when he was a reader of comic books and early graphic novels. He describes a variety of graphic novels, including biographies, retellings of stories from Nancy Drew to Kafka's stories, and general fiction; there is something here for everyone. Also described is a large collection of traditional comic book stories, particularly superheroes, as well as Japanese comics, called manga. In the latest edition of Horn Book Magazine, Robin Brenner recommends testing the waters of graphic novels by reading one in each genre: "one superhero title, ...one non-superhero title (whatever genre floats your boat), one nonfiction title and one Japanese manga. This type of survey will provide a sense of how graphic storytelling works" (p.240). This advice dovetails the list of books presented by Weiner. If you are looking for an introduction to the graphic novel, you have found the place to start. 2005, Nantier Beall Minoustchine, and Ages 14 up.
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