On the blog:
- A slice about my ever-growing TBR list
I enjoyed The Art of Stillness, though I will say that there’s not a tremendous amount of content here. If you watch the TED Talk and listen to his (excellent) interview on Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations podcast, you’ve probably heard the key stories and main points.
I read Volumes 1-4 of Brian Vaughan’s Paper Girls graphic novel series. There’s a great 80s setting for some of the story, time travel, crazy post-apocalyptic space battles, a funny Y2K subplot, scenes at abandoned malls that will appeal to every lover of 80s horror movies, and the heroic adventurers who need to save the world are a group of tween girls who meet on their paper delivery route. The art is moody and atmospheric (the coloring is insanely awesome), and the writing is well-crafted and tight (the future dialect is often very funny). The girl characters didn’t always ring true to me. I need to read some reviews to see if others picked up on that too, or if it was just me.
Interesting collection of comic-style biographies of women, many of whom I’d never even heard of. The art is engaging, and Bagieu packs a lot of biography into just a few pages. She also has an appreciation for irony and a wit that would appeal to teens. It’s a book I’d probably have in my high school classroom library, though I do have concerns about Bagieu’s depictions of different cultures. The diversity of women profiled is a real plus here, but I didn’t always feel that cultural differences were understood or addressed appropriately.
I really appreciate graphic novel adaptations of books that I will probably never get around to reading, especially when they’re as lovely and artful as Edith’s adaptation of Phillipa Pearce’s Tom’s Midnight Garden.
Excellent first book in a new graphic novel series for young readers. The story focuses on the first day of school, which is full of nerves and mishaps and new friendships and plenty of fun for the teacher, Mr. Wolf, and for his students. I’m looking forward to more from this author/illustrator (who’s a teacher himself!).
I’ll be honest: I was skeptical of a story in the Binky universe that focuses on a DOG. The awesomeness of cats is a big part of what makes the Binky books work so well for me. But Gordon: Bark to the Future might be my new favorite in the series. There’s an engaging plot, plenty of cat appearances, and some very funny jokes.
Don’t let the juvenile cover fool you: this is not a graphic novel for children. The setting for much of Check Please! is a college hockey frat house, and there is all the offensive language and behavior you would associate with a frat house. I nearly abandoned this one in the first twenty pages or so, because it seemed like such a caricature of a college sports story, down to the keggers and incessant gendered insults. But I stuck with it, and it did end up growing on me. As I got to know the characters, I began to find them kind of sweet and charming though I think there are still too many unexamined stereotypes at play in this book, especially for a story that is trying to challenge stereotype by featuring a gay hockey player.