Misty at The Book Rat is having a graphic novel week over at her blog, y’all! In honor of that, I decided to read and review Tall: Great American FolkMisty at The Book Rat is having a graphic novel week over at her blog, y’all! In honor of that, I decided to read and review Tall: Great American Folktales edited by Donnie Lemke. I grew up with these stories, and had a ton of fun reading them now.
Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry and Johnny Appleseed are all four stories that I remember reading as a child, and Tall covers them all. I enjoyed all of them even though they are definitely meant for readers on the younger side. I think Pecos Bill is actually my favorite tall tale – I love reading about him riding Widow Maker and roping tornadoes!
However, even though I am still definitely a Pecos Bill fangirl, Johnny Appleseed was by far my favorite of the stories in Tall. The illustrations and story were very well done. It also seemed to be written the best to appeal to people of all ages, versus just children. Good stuff, you guys!
So, if you grew up with these tall tales, Tall is a great journey back to the good ole days when Babe the Big Blue Ox seemed like the coolest thing since sliced bread. If you are new to the legends – this makes a great introduction! It is really short and easy to read.
I definitely recommend reading Tall: Great American Folktales!...more
Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks is a really fun and quick graphic novel read. Seriously you guys, I loved Maggie, the protagonist, and her familFriends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks is a really fun and quick graphic novel read. Seriously you guys, I loved Maggie, the protagonist, and her family.
Maggie has been home schooled by her mother her entire life, but now her mother has left and she is about to start her first day of high school. To say she is nervous would be a bit of an understatement. She doesn’t have much experience with friends – just three older brothers. The oldest is a great mentor to her throughout the book, he was always there when she need to talk. I thought that was awesome!
So, as she is making friends, she also starts interacting with a ghost in the neighborhood graveyard. The paranormal element in Friends with Boys is pretty light – most of the book focuses on Maggie and her new high school experience. So, if you’re normally not a fan of the whole ghost thing – you should definitely still give Friends with Boys a try.
For the record: there isn’t really a romance element to the story, but she has a new friend with a mohawk who is totally cute – if there was a sequel I bet they’d definitely date.
So many things that Faith Erin Hicks included in the story are excellent. For instance: a school play about zombies who eat brains. Also, two of Maggie’s older brothers are twins that are trying to figure out how to have identities apart from each other. I could not get enough of the amazing character interaction found throughout Friends with Boys.
Even if you’re fairly new to the world of graphic novels – I think Friends with Boys is a great place to start. Maggie is a character who is easy to care about, and you’ll totally fall in love with her family and new friends as well....more