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About the Author

Scott Robins is a librarian at the Toronto Public Library and an advocate for children's graphic novels. He is a contributing blogger for Good Comics for Kids via School Library Journal.com, and is the children's programming director for the annual Toronto Comic Arts Festival. He has also served on the graphic novel selection committee for the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens in 2010 and 2011 and was a jury member of the 2011 Joe Shuster Awards in the "Comics for Kids" category.

Snow Wildsmith has served on committees for the American Library Association and Young Adult Library Services Association. She reviews graphic novels for Booklist, ICv2.com, Good Comics for Kids and Robin Brenner's No Flying No Tights. She also writes booktalks and creates recommended reading lists for Ebsco's NoveList database. McFarland will publish her first books for teens, a nonfiction series on joining the military, in 2012.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (May 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440229945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440229947
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As one of the editors of this book, I'm predisposed to like it, but I'm also the editor of Comics Buyer's Guide, a monthly magazine covering the comics and graphic novel field and have seen other attempts at such lists. None of them compare to what we've produced here, focusing on the essential graphic novels (and, more importantly, books that are in print) and offering leads to nearly 800 more such graphic novels if your children enjoy the 100 titles reviewed. On Free Comic Book Day, my fellow editor, Maggie Thompson, was able to help a parent in a comics shop who asked if there were additional books in one of the series spotlighted. While there weren't more volumes in that series available, Scott and Snow's recommendation of another series was invaluable to the father, who not only ordered that series from his retailer, but also a copy of the book. A copy should be on every parent's bookshelf.
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My child has been recently diagnosed with ADD. The clinical psychologist strongly recommended she read comics to help her focus and improve her visual memory. Discovering this book has been a godsend to us. We've immediately seized on the authors' recommendations and, judging by the enthusiasm our child is showing for reading them, they've been excellent ones! This book is a treasure trove of great comics for kids. It's helping our child get excited about reading again, and at the same time helping her overcome her learning challenges. Thank you so much to the authors for putting together this helpful compilation of the best comics for kids (of all ages!).
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Glad I stumbled across this book. My kids show an interest in comic books, but it's usually whatever comes with their Happy Meals --pretty random. This is a nice guide to books that I'm sure they'll love and, unlike Happy Meals, are good for them.
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As a children's librarian, one who often gets asked about graphic novels and comic books, I find this resource invaluable. In addition to the high-quality production value (four color, good quality paper, illustrations/covers for almost all titles mentioned), this book offers great information, such as giving a head's up to any themes/language some might find offensive or questionable and a list of educational themes. The book is an ideal size with just the right bibliographic information needed for librarians and educators. It's a breath of fresh air (and a smart move) to have this book authored by children's literature/library professionals, well respected in their field. Fills a definite gap in resources, and, on a personal note, is one of the nicest topical and quality books I've seen come out of Krause Publications (FW Media) in a long time.
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If you've got a challenge getting your kid to read, this may be the help you're looking for. My 10-year-old daughter LOVES to read (novels, nature and animal books, comics - you name it), and she was so enthralled with this book I had to pry it out of her hands so I could review it.
She loved reading about so many comics that she's not familiar with and made a list of ones that we need to keep on the lookout for.
I love it because it has done all the groundwork for me when it comes to choosing appropriate comics for her to read.
I'd give it more stars if I could!
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I grew up reading basically nothing but Archie comics, which are great, and which I still love and which my children seem to enjoy. But I hoped that my kids would find others that interested them -- where to start? This book is the perfect jumping off point for a youngster who's shown an interest in comics and is not afraid to do some searching for the good stuff. And I like that many of these titles are ones I'd never heard of before - Little Mouse Gets Ready, Power Pack, Okie Dokie Donuts. All new to me! Here's hoping my kids will love it!
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This book seems to be intended more for parents who are mostly unfamiliar with comic books, but have kids who are interested in them. However, it is also useful as a resource to adult fans of comics who are looking for more contemporary titles that are kid-friendly (since the bulk of current superhero comics are geared toward adults). The format is very user-friendly, with not only synopses of and excerpts from most of the comics, but awards the books have won, possible educational tie-ins, and similar books that kids may want to check out afterward. Books are organized alphabetically by suggested grade level (though I can't say I agree with all the grade "assignments"--for example, I see no reason to hold off on the Smurfs comics until kids are in fourth grade, and I've read some of the 6-8 grade books to my first-grader with no ill effects), with potentially troublesome content listed under a "Heads Up" section (though it seems a bit odd to include "kissing" as such in books geared toward middle schoolers, so I assume that such warnings are intended for parents to decide if they're appropriate for younger readers).

For the most part, the choices included are tough to argue with. As with any book of this sort, though, it's easy to nitpick what is included vs what has been omitted. One other reviewer has already noted the glaring omission of any of Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge work, which is pretty universally seen as one of the best comics, period, and not just for kids. (It's not a bias against older material, either; both Tintin and Little Lulu are included.
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