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Graphic Novels for Children

I. C. Thomas "Ian T"
The list author says: "Finding suitable graphic novels for children - beyond Supermarket comics - can be difficult. Here are some of the best, across a range of ages and tastes, mostly for younger readers. Of course, older children will enjoy a lot of the best adult graphic novels as well."
Owly, Vol. 1: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer
Owly, Vol. 1: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer
"An instant classic!  Andy Ruyton's characters have such warmth and humanity.  Owly and friends are beautifully realized in black-and-white brushstrokes and the stories are wordless, with clever use of pictograph word balloons.  Small children love Owly, as do older readers."
Lou! Diary Dates: v. 1 (Lou)
Lou! Diary Dates: v. 1 (Lou)
"For young teen girls, the Lou books are perfect.  They're funny, colourful and deal sensitively with family and relationship issues.  Three volumes have been translated from French and the exquisitely coloured pages make for thoroughly enjoyable reading."
Yakari and Great Eagle (Yakari) (v. 1)
Yakari and Great Eagle (Yakari) (v. 1)
"The first in the Yakari series introduces its Native American characters with pictures and minimal text.  Yakari is an appealing character, sensitive to the people and animals around him.  Thanks to Cinebooks for publishing so many great European titles in English."
Glister: The Haunted Teapot
Glister: The Haunted Teapot
"This series of well told fantasy stories about young Glister Butterworth, living in a mansion surrounded by ghosts, trolls and faeries, is in simple black and white comic style (akin to the great Australian/British strip, "Colonel Pewter").  These Walker editions are prettier and printed in single colour and on good paper.  A touch Jane Austen in this first one."
Lost Thing
Lost Thing
"The early masterpieces of Shaun Tan are at the crossroads between picture books and graphic novels.  This early work, set in a forbidding industrial world, gently tells a tale of friendship between a boy and a mysterious lost being.  Painterly and poignant, and a wonderful book. particularly for young male readers."
Salamander Dream
Salamander Dream
"A simple tale of friendship over the passage of time and connection to nature, this can be found online if you want to sample it that way, but the book is well worth owning!  Hope Larson's simple linear style evokes childhood memories, as Hailey befriends Salamander, a mysterious spirit.  Art in black and white, plus green, with minimal words."
The Complete Father Christmas (Picture Puffin)
The Complete Father Christmas (Picture Puffin)
"Picture Puffin reissued Raymond Briggs' two classic "Father Christmas" books in this compilation.  They're a gentle, sweet place to start with his comic work.  The darker "The Snowman" and "The Bear" would be next, followed by "Fungus the Bogeyman" (grossout humour) and "Ug."  "Gentleman Jim" and "When the Wind Blows" are too dark for children."
The Strange Exchange Student
The Strange Exchange Student
"The Batrisha stories are about a strange vampire girl who arrives on exchange, and tell her family and school adventures.  Darkly funny and sharply drawn in a bright, cartoon style featuring a few vertically arranged panels on each page, these are appealing, easy to read, but sadly hard to find."
Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip - Book One
Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip - Book One
"The Moomin comic strips, by brilliant Finnish writer and illustrater Tove Jansson, are finally collected and published an English hardback series of books.  The world of the Moomin comics works as a sideorder to the children's fiction series, with witty turns of plot and some surreal elements.  For older children, fans of the books and all Moomin collectors."
Hildafolk
Hildafolk
"This beautiful little book, presented in a classy saddle-stitched comic format, is utterly charming.  Luke Pearson has created a world where people and mythical characters, akin to those of Icelandic mythology, live alongside each other.  It is exquisitely drawn and coloured, with the feel of Tove Jansson's work.  If you enjoy this introduction, there is also another, longer book."
Lions Tigers and Bears 1
Lions Tigers and Bears 1
"A beautifully realised fantasy adventure comic for both boys and girls, this series features children and animals drawn in a cartoony style.  The concept of stuffed toys having an alterative fantasy life is given a new spin, with this quite dark series revealing the beasts as protectors.  Truly scary baddies and some battles make it best for slightly older children."
Comic Adventures of Boots
Comic Adventures of Boots
"This funny, appealing collection of colourful cat comics contains short one pagers and three longer stories.  The humour is probably suitable for older children (particularly the ending of the last story) though the words in the balloons are minimal."
Rapunzel's Revenge
Rapunzel's Revenge
"This Rapunzel makes some different decisions about her life leading to many fantastic adventures - she's a great heroine and the full colour panels bound along.  Attractive and full of action, I definitely recommend this as a graphic novel for older children.  Strong storytelling and polished artwork!"
The Stagecoach: Lucky Luke Vol. 25 (Lucky Luke Adventures)
The Stagecoach: Lucky Luke Vol. 25 (Lucky Luke Adventures)
"While most people know Asterix, Goscinny also wrote (with Morris) some classic Lucky Luke tales set in the Old West.  This straight ahead ensemble, road-trip story is probably my favourite, including great characters, a little history and lots of humour.  Pre-teen boys in particular should enjoy this.  Thanks again, Cinebook!"
Guru Guru Pon-Chan 1
Guru Guru Pon-Chan 1
"The tale of a labrador puppy who transforms into a teenage girl with a crush on a high school boy, is funny, cleanly drawn and a good early manga for preteen and young teen children."