Graphic Novel Review: Tales of a Seventh-Grade Lizard Boy

Tales of a Seventh-Grade Lizard Boy by Jonathan    Hill

Tales of a Seventh-Grade Lizard Boy
by Jonathan Hill 

5 out of 5 stars

Tommy has a secret. His family are actually lizard people trying to blend in with the human world. Tommy has to wear a human skin over his green lizard face. It’s difficult trying to be “normal” in middle school when everything is so different from your own lizard culture.
Tommy meets other seventh-graders who also have trouble fitting in. One of his new friends, Dung, is a Vietnamese boy who is dealing with culture shock and trying to learn English. They bond over their differences, discovering that they have more in common than they realized.

I loved this graphic novel! The plot is hilarious and emotional. The characters are complex. Their stories are meaningful. The setting and background are interesting. And the storytelling style is superb!

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Graphic Novel Review: Two-Headed Chicken

Two-Headed Chicken by Tom Angleberger

Two-Headed Chicken
by Tom Angleberger (Goodreads Author)

3 out of 5 stars

A brother and sister two-headed chicken duo travel through parallel universes, and in each universe they are chased by a hungry moose villain who wants to eat fried chicken.

This is an extremely silly graphic novel. I’m not sure I enjoy quite this level of silliness. I was rolling my eyes and shaking my head in confusion for most of the book. But I think that children who enjoy wild and weird stories will like this one! It’s too chaotic for me, but it is definitely imaginative.

I didn’t particularly like the art style. It’s jumbled and haphazard, like the story. I prefer both art and story to have more structure and polish. But for people who like weird art, this is cute! It is certainly colorful.

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Graphic Novel Review: Shuna’s Journey

Shuna's Journey by Hayao Miyazaki

Shuna’s Journey
by Hayao Miyazaki, Alex Dudok de Wit (Translator)

4 out of 5 stars

Shuna is the young prince of a poor valley land with few crops and starving citizens. An old man travels into the valley and tells Shuna about a land with bountiful wheat. Shuna leaves on a journey to bring back seeds from this land. He rides through many dangers and encounters a land full of slave traders. He rescues two sisters from the slavers, and they travel together to the edge of the land of the gods where Shuna is hoping he will find the wheat.

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Graphic Novel Review: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars by Ethan Sacks

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
by Ethan Sacks, Will Sliney (Illustrator)

2 out of 5 stars

I ended up DNFing this book after reading other reviews that say that Han Solo and Chewbacca are only in the first chapter. So I read the first chapter, tried the second chapter, got bored and gave up.

I don’t super love the art style. Han looks like his face is all distorted or something. The aliens look cool, but that’s because they are supposed to be distorted and weird-looking.

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Two Graphic Novels from Action Lab

Big Alien Moon Crush by Art Baltazar

Big Alien Moon Crush
by Art Baltazar

5 out of 5 stars

Two aliens of different species fall in love while their two moons are at war. Against impossible odds, they try to convince their families that they can live together in peace.

This graphic novel has no words other than “Bam!”, “Smash!”, “Boom!”, “Blast!” , and “Explode!” as the two alien groups wage their war. The art work is so expressive and the panels make the action so clear that you don’t need words!

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Graphic Novel Review: Fearbook Club

Fearbook Club by Richard Ashley Hamilton

Fearbook Club
by Richard Ashley Hamilton, Marco Matrone (Illustrator), Dave Sharpe (Letterer)

3 out of 5 stars

Whit joins the yearbook club and takes some pictures around school, but when he develops the photos he sees children in the background who were not actually there. Could there be ghosts haunting the old abandoned sections of the school? With the help of this fellow students in yearbook club, he begins to investigate the missing children who have disappeared from the school over the years, and finds that the ghosts are trapped in a shadow realm. Could there be a way to save them?

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Graphic Novel Review: Thunderous

Thunderous by M.L. Smoker

by M.L. Smoker, Natalie Peeterse, Dale DeForest (Artist)

3 out of 5 stars

Aiyana is tired of hearing Lakota stories and legends about her ancestors. She wishes her family would just focus on the modern world. When her class goes on a field trip to the mountains, she worries more about hanging out with the popular girls rather than with her cousin. She suffers a fall and is somehow transported to the world of the Lakota legends, where the trickster Raven tries to trick her into staying forever. To make her way back to the human world, Aiyana will have to complete several quests and befriend some talking animals along the way.

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Graphic Novel Review: The Day of the Unicorn

The World of Yaxin by Man Arenas

The World of Yaxin: Day of the Unicorn
by Man Arenas

3 out of 5 stars

This graphic novel doesn’t really have a story. It’s more like a collection of poetic lines with a loose story line of a lady unicorn, who gazes at the moon with her princess friend and little fauns. She meets a male unicorn and the artwork shows the male jumping over her while she rolls on her back on the ground. This is suggestive, but the text just says that “Love meets Life”. Then we understand that the lady unicorn is pregnant.

When the baby unicorn is born, the illustrations show the baby coming out of the mother in the process of birth. It’s quite graphic but beautiful. The text describes the pain and blood, and the artwork shows the placenta. But it doesn’t feel inappropriate or gross. It shows the miracle of birth in a special way.

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Book Review: Loki A Bad God’s Guide to Taking the Blame

Loki by Louie Stowell

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Taking the Blame
by Louie Stowell

4 out of 5 stars

Loki has been banished from Asgard. Odin has given Loki the form of an 11-year-old human, and sent Thor, Heimdall, and Hyrrokkin (also in the form of humans) to keep an eye on him. Loki must learn to be good and keep a record of his good or bad deeds in a magical journal. In this second book of the series, Loki is trying to make some new friends, but he goes about it in all the wrong ways.

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Graphic Novel Review: Adventures of Snoop

The Adventures of Snoop by SENIOR TASSE

The Adventures of Snoop: The Mountain of Hope

3 out of 5 stars

Snoop, the mountain goat, dreams of going on a quest to find the primordial grass. In this first volume, Snoop remembers a legend of an ancient goat who discovered the primordial grass and made a deal with cavemen to protect his herd.

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