Graphic Novels for Elementary
I have recently been seeing a lot of new graphic novels coming across my desk this season. These are always exciting for me to take a look at and see what could possibly be a a new hit with kids and teens. Three graphic novels for elementary age children stood out to me that have great characters, fantastic artwork, and adventures.
Pig has been left to take care of the fan atop the dam above Sunrise Valley to prevent the fog from sweeping in and destroying all life. His father before him was in charge of taking care of the fan and since his death its been the sole responsibility of Pig. Pig has only one friend in Fox who also wants him to be friends with her friend, Hippo, who Pig strongly dislikes. One week the fog completely disappears beyond the wall for three days and when it does come back, it comes stronger than ever and rips the fan from the Dam with Pig, Fox, and Hippo inside. Beyond the wall, its up to the three friends to figure out what is going on with the fog, making it back home, and figuring out how to save Sunrise Valley. This graphic novel has absolutely stunning artwork and the backstory for Pig really pulls at your heart strings. The story isn’t wrapped up at the end of this volume so readers will be able to look forward to future installments.
The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi. 9781626724266. September 2017. Gr 3-6.
Planet, the stuffed rabbit, loves his human and playing with her during the day. But, after she sleeps he plays with the dog and munches on cookies. When a mouse comes and tells Planet about the biggest cookie ever, the three of them venture outside and Planet and the mouse climb a tree to reach the cookie in the sky. Planet jumps and reaches and almost gets the big cookie, but ultimately doesn’t reach it and falls back down to the ground. The mouse and Planet agree to go back and eat the little cookies instead. This is a very whimsical story, full of imagination, and will encourage little readers imagine what their stuffed animal do after they fall asleep.
Good Night, Planet by Liniers. 9781943145201. September 2017. Gr 1-3.
Cucumber, a nerdy bunny, has been forced into a magical adventure to save the kingdom by his Dad. While his sister, Almond, a knight in training, is super excited to tag along for the quest and help Cucumber in all scary situations. The evil queen Cordelia goal is to resurrect the Nightmare Knight and take over the world the day before Cucumber finally gets to attend the magical school of his dreams. This graphic novel is very fun and filled with humor since Cucumber is a very reluctant participant in the quest to save this fantasy world and his little sister Almond is excited about everything. All of the guides that are meant to help Cucumber on his quest don’t listen to what Cucumber wants, to be able to go to school; he tells them that they really want his sister, Almond to help on the quest, but they assure him that little sisters don’t save the world. The story is very cute and will have readers giggling with the incompetent guides, the reluctant knight, Cucumber, and his excited sister, Almond.
Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom by Gigi D.G. 9781250158031. October 2017. Gr 4-6.