The Great American Dust Bowl is a graphic novel that brings the Dust Bowl to life through fantastic graphics. I picked this one up at the library base...moreThe Great American Dust Bowl is a graphic novel that brings the Dust Bowl to life through fantastic graphics. I picked this one up at the library based on the cover alone, and was not surprised to find it already getting quite a lot of praise from librarians everywhere. The cover itself has such a impacting image of what the Dust Bowl looked like in the dirty 30s.
Giving a lot of information throughout the book, it makes it an ideal in graphic nonfiction. I didn't feel stifled by the information, rather it tied in so well with the images that you really could not tell you were learning so much. The artwork fits so well with the information that it flowed from page to page and stunned me, who already knew of the background of this story.
The Great American Dust Bowl would be a great introduction to the Dust Bowl and to give more emphasis on the disaster it was during that time period. I would love to see teachers using this to introduce a unit or to help struggling readers get a further grasp of the era. Don Brown is a genius when it comes to writing great nonfiction for children and this graphic novel is a moving example of how interesting nonfiction can be.(less)
I have read at least one Amelia Rules book and absolutely loved it. The Dumbest Idea Ever is a graphic novel memoir about Jimmy and how he came up wi...more I have read at least one Amelia Rules book and absolutely loved it. The Dumbest Idea Ever is a graphic novel memoir about Jimmy and how he came up with the idea for his best selling kids series. I went more blindly into the book, so I didn't know this was a graphic memoir, but it become obvious pretty quickly. I love graphic novels about journeys and found myself more and more drawn to realistic fiction graphic novels and so this memoir hit the spot. Speckled with humor, Jimmy takes us on a journey through his youth when he was scrambling to be a good student, play sports as well as be an artist.
There is a lot of truth in Jimmy, he shows you the good, the bad and the ugly of growing up. Getting small time fame, it quickly goes to Jimmy's head when his first graphic novel is in print and he starts to flaunt more, losing some friends and finding out who will stick by him. There's even some middle grade romance as Jimmy has his first girlfriend. I love the way he explains his old neighbor to his girlfriend, which clicks instantly to how his inspiration for Amelia Rules came about. She was a tomboy and spunky girl, automatically fitting the description of Amelia, who is by far a favorite character of mine when it comes to graphic novels. I highly suggest if you read this book, you go on and read his Amelia Rules series.
Beyond the story, I loved the graphics and dig Gownley's style. I am a fan of full color graphic novels, so it doesn't hurt that even the ARC I read was in full fledged color. I definitely think he captured the middle grade student in both illustrations and character. If you love graphic novels, I would highly suggest The Dumbest Idea Ever and the Amelia Rules series.(less)
This summer was the perfect time to read Little Fish, a book that reminded me of my own college experiences. My little sister is now embarking on her...more This summer was the perfect time to read Little Fish, a book that reminded me of my own college experiences. My little sister is now embarking on her own adventure in college, and I'm excited that we will only be 30 minutes away instead of 90 minutes. Change is the name of this school year for me as well, as my school implements new standards, we adopt new technology and I try out many new things. Enough about me for now, back to the book.
I love that Ramsey is a list maker, as this is one of my own compulsions. I loved reading through her different lists. The story itself ran through in graphic novel format with these collages and lists scattered within. Ramsey is entering her first year of college and knows it will be quite different from the life she is used to living. Going from a small town to a city is quite a change, one I made myself and ended up leaving after a semester to come back home.
This book really has something for everyone, the friendships, the love interest and I felt we were somewhat of kindred spirits. I thought about exploring art myself in college and never ended up pursuing it as I had so few years actually being an artist. Ramsey's illustrations are wonderful and really capture the personalities of herself and her friends and family.
As a fan of graphic novels, I think that this was a longer read than most, maybe due to the journal entries and longer, in depth lists throughout the book. I think that readers resistant to graphic novels will appreciate this one and relate to the characters easily. I think this format is the best for memoirs as it really puts you into the character's shoes and see more of the world and experiences.
Final Verdict: Definitely a book that will be added to my personal collection and revisited in times of reflection on the past. Ramsey's story is one that I can relate to and makes me realize more about my own past and future.
Plot: I used to love reading nonfiction, but fell out of practice in adulthood. I really love graphic nonfiction because it really brings the stories...morePlot: I used to love reading nonfiction, but fell out of practice in adulthood. I really love graphic nonfiction because it really brings the stories and facts to life. I love the way this graphic novel approached the lives of these scientists, bringing them to life through the stories that made them famous. Also, I felt like the stories let us know the scientists as people as well.
Characters: The three characters were all so different and the way they approached their work showed their true character. I would love to learn more about these three after reading this book. I feel like Jane Goodall is a well known name but the other two not as much. I can see readers wanting to know more about the lives and research of these scientists.
Graphics: The graphics were very well illustrated and brought to life the stories and characters. I felt like I was transported back to their time and lives with this graphic novel thanks to the quality of illustrations.
Final Verdict: A fantastic graphic novel that takes an approach to nonfiction that will engage readers and make them want to learn more. (less)
A petrified giant was unearthed in upstate New York in the 19th century and created an uproar all over the world about whether it was real or not. The...moreA petrified giant was unearthed in upstate New York in the 19th century and created an uproar all over the world about whether it was real or not. The biggest humbug of that time period, this giant was displayed for people to see and many people profited off the scheme. Within the book, lots of information is provided as to how the scam was pulled off along with the reaction of America to such an event.
This book was well-written and with large enough text and pauses to let younger readers learn about this interesting event in our past history. The photographs throughout are fantastic and the end of the book tells more about how the author researched and wrote this book. An interesting nonfiction book like this will transport readers back to the period of time when this happened, while teaching them a little of what life really was like back then.
Final Verdict: Murphy did a great job of building up the story before really mentioning how the actual scam was pulled off. I liked the human nature of some of the characters and how they were not outright villains that were doing this just for fun. (less)