Wednesday, August 27, 2008

IN THE CLASSROOM THIS WEEK

By Chris Wilson
Editor-in-Geek

I heard from one mom this week who, on my recommendation, ordered some comic literature for her fifth grade girl. The mother reported yesterday that she is having a hard time keeping up with her daughter’s voracious comic appetite. Her favorite is KAMICHAMA KARIN, but she is also very fond of BONE and AMULET.

I asked the parent, has she ever been that excited about reading or been willing to read so much and so often? As you can well imagine, the answer was an unequivocal and resounding “no”.

“I am spending $20 a week on books for her,” and that is still not enough. Mom went on to say that the daughter goes out to the mailbox every night and looks for new graphic novels, which they purchase from Amazon.com. She then runs to her bedroom to staying up until after 10 p.m.

Comic literature can and does make a difference in the reading habits of children and teens. Research supports that statement and anecdotal evidence reinforces it. Kids love comics.

Following is the list of comics and graphic novels that came into the classroom this week. As always, we provide links so that you may check the books out yourself if you cannot wait for the review.

  1. Batman: Year One
  2. Bucky O’Hare and the Toad Menace
  3. Caliber #5 (of 5) (A preview and trailer are available)
  4. Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile
  5. Hercules: The Thracian Wars #5 (of 5) (A preview is available)
  6. Marvel Adventures The Avengers #27
  7. Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #39
  8. Marvel Adventures Superheroes #2
  9. Previews September 2008
  10. Teen Titans: Year One #6 (of 6)
  11. Wolverine: Old Man Logan #68
  12. Vix! #2

2 comments:

Jim McClain said...

You should try out Family Dynamic from DC. The former writer of Teen Titans Go and the former artist of Batman Adventures are teaming up on it.

Jack said...

Looked it up and you are right. I should try it out. I don't know how I missed it in Previews. Fortunately, I have great readers to help me out.

I'll call my comic book guy and order it tomorrow.

Thanks, Jim.

Chris