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Levitation: Physics and Psychology in the Service of Deception

Author/Illustrator: Jim Ottaviani and Janine Johnston Publisher: G.T. Labs Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 Subject: Science Genre: Biography/Autobiography Special Attractions: Nonfiction Synopsis: Hypnotic gestures. Fancy clothes. Lovely assistants. These things may make the magician, but science makes the magic. Levitation tells the amazing true story of the most dazzling illusion ever performed on stage, and features a cast of characters that seems too good to be true — The Scientist: John Neville Maskelyne, the oh-so-proper British magician and the trick’s inventor. The American: Harry Kellar couldn’t buy the illusion, so he found another way to get it. The Inventor: Guy Jarrett, the […] Read More

Inventions and Discovery series

Author/Illustrator: Heather Adamson, Jameson Anderson, Jennifer Fandel, Andrea Gianopoulos, Jessica Gunderson, Katherine Krohn, Donald B. Lemke, Connie Colwell Miller, Ellen S. Niz, Xavier W. Niz, Michael O’Hearn, Kay Melchisedech Olson, Nathan Olson, Trina Robbins, David Seidman, and Scott R. Welvaert Publisher: Capstone Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5 Subject: Science Genre: Biography/Autobiography Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Teaching Comics Synopsis: World-changing events unfold before your eyes in these amazing tales of inventions and discovery. Inventors, scientists, and businesspeople shape our world through their will and determination. See their captivating stories come to life with vivid illustrations and easy-to-read text. An additional information section provides key facts […] Read More

Building Blocks of Mathematics

Author/Illustrator: Joseph Midthun and Sam Hiti Publisher: World Book Grade levels: K-1, 2-3, 4-5 Subject: Math Genre: Humor, How To Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Teaching Comics Synopsis: Building Blocks of Mathematics is a great new series of mathematics books from World Book! Quirky characters drawn in exciting comic-book style introduce and demonstrate critical basic mathematics concepts in this new six-volume series books. Story problems help to develop students’ conceptual understanding of the mathematical operations and teach them techniques for solving real-life math problems. Designed in collaboration with elementary mathematics education experts, this series is appropriate for kids who are just learning these concepts and […] Read More

Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space

Author/Illustrator: Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space Publisher: Flying Eye Books Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 Subject: Science Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Anthropomorphic Characters Synopsis: Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space will tell you everything you need to know about our planet, our solar system, our galaxy and the universe that there could be to know. Our clever little cat has made sure of that, he’s a fastidious little feline! Dr. Astro explores topics such as gravity, extraterrestrial life and time with fun facts and fascinating insights that will take you and your children on a journey to the very frontiers of Space! Kirkus […] Read More

Max Axiom series

Author/Illustrator: Emily Sohn and Agnieszka Biskup, Andrea Gianopoulos, Christopher L. Harbo , Amber J Keyser, Katherine Krohn, Donald B. Lemke,  and Liam O’Donnell Publisher: Capstone Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5 Subject: Science Genre: Superhero Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Multicultural Lead Characters Synopsis: You’ve never had a science teacher like this! Max Axiom is a super-cool super-scientist. Using powers he acquired in a freak accident, Max demonstrates and explains science in ways never before seen in the classroom. Whether shrinking down to the size of an ant or riding on a sound wave, Max can do whatever it takes to make science super cool and […] Read More

Vamplets series

Author/Illustrator: Gayle Middleton, Dave Dwonch, & Amanda Coronado Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 Genre: Fantasy, Horror Special Attractions: Adaptation, Female Lead Characters, Teen Lead Characters Synopsis: Teenager Destiny Harper is at a crossroad in her life. Graduation is coming, and she has zero prospects for the future. Answering an ad for ‘The Night Care Nursery’ seems like a great idea, until she is magically transported to Gloomvania, where dark creatures lurk the streets, and the world is being mysteriously overrun by baby vampyres called Vamplets! Can Destiny serve her term as Governess of ‘The Nightmare Nursery’ and return home? […] Read More

Untold Tales of Bigfoot

Author/Illustrator: Vince Dorse Publisher: http://untoldtalesofbigfoot.com/ Grade Levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Genre: Fantasy Special Attractions: Webcomic, Anthropomorphic Characters, For adults too Synopsis: Untold Tales of Bigfoot is the story of an adorably inept dog named Scout who gets lost in the woods during an ill-fated camping trip and runs smack-dab into a lonely Bigfoot looking for a friend. Will Bigfoot finally make a friend? Will Scout ever get home? Webcomics Alliance author interview Geek Pittsburg author interview Author page Read the comic here! Awards: 2012 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Divisional Award for Bests Online Comic (Long Form)

Uglydoll series

Author/Illustrator: Travis Nichols, Sun-Min Kim, & David Horvath Publisher: Perfect Square Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 Genre: Humor Special Attractions: Adaptation Synopsis: For the first time ever, the Uglydolls star in their own comic book adventures, and you’re invited! Join the Uglys as they rocket into space, travel back in time and sail the seven seas. Or at least one of them. Titles in this series: Uglydoll Comic Volume 1-Goin’ Places Uglydoll Comic Volume 2-SHHHHHHH! Uglydoll Comic Volume 3- Eat Dat! Uglydoll Comic Volume 4- My Hero?   School Library Journal Good Comics for Kids preview Blog Critics review Sare-endipity Review Author’s series […] Read More

The Ride Home

Author/Illustrator: Joey Weiser Publisher: AdHouse books Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Genres: Fantasy, Adventure Special Attractions: Anthropomorphic Characters Synopsis: Follow the adventures of Nodo The Van-Gnome as he tries to find his lost home on wheels. During his quest he’ll meet sewer dragons, junkyard trolls, and a cow or two. A fun, all-ages romp of a story created by Joey Weiser. Comics Worth Reading review Graphic Novel Resources review Author’s book page Publisher’s book page    

Sardine in Outer Space series

Author/Illustrator: Emmanuel Guibert/ Joann Sfar Publisher: First Second Books Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5 Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure, Humor Special Attractions: Child Lead Characters, Female Lead Characters Synopsis: In these goofy science fiction adventures, a little girl named Sardine must outwit Supermuscleman, the chief executive dictator of the universe, who is on a mission to make all the galaxy’s kids behave. An exciting series by two of France’s most talented comics authors, Sardine is a feast for the imagination of young readers. Emmanuel Guibert, an outstanding artist and graphic storyteller, takes a turn on the script, while Joann Sfar illuminates the writing with rambunctious, […] Read More