KCLS Recommends: Children's - Graphic & Illustrated Novels
Annotation:This animal adventure tale, written in chapters alternating between text and comic format, is set in a future time after humans have become extinct. Easy to read, yet exciting, it offers appeal for fans of graphic novels, science fiction, and adventure. First title in the Fog Mound series. For grades 3-6.
Annotation:A small mouse and his best friend, a giant flying robot, attempt to save the Earth when an evil Martian monkey and his mechanical creations attack.
Annotation:Things are going pretty well for Rob Burnside until Pinocula--a cross between Pinocchio and a vampire--emerges from his closet, lying, joking, and doing his best to drive Rob crazy.
Annotation:Stick Dog and his crazy canine crew have discovered a newfangled flavor--and it's even more delicious than hamburgers and hot dogs. It's pizza! And they won't be satisfied until they get some slices of their own. But it won't be easy. There's a kitten to rescue, a plan to make, and the messiest--and most dangerous--game of catch they've ever played.
Annotation:What's a chickenhare? A cross between a chicken and a rabbit, of course. And that makes Chickenhare the rarest animal around! So when he and his turtle friend, Abe, are captured and sold to the evil taxidermist Klaus, they've got to find a way to escape before he turns them into stuffed animals.
Annotation:A princess finds herself in danger, but with the help of a magical cartooning elf, she learned to draw well enough to escape from a dragon, save herself from drowning, and have her very own adventure, in a text in graphic novel format.
Annotation:Cupcake runs a successful bakery with his best friend, Eggplant, but dreams of going abroad to meet his idol, Turkish Delight, who is the most famous pastry chef in the world.
Annotation:A happy-go-lucky Bird and a cautious acorn-collecting Squirrel become unlikely best friends when Squirrel loses his winter stash while saving Bird from Cat, prompting a zany road-trip adventure in search of warm weather and plentiful food.
Annotation:The adventure starts when cousins Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone are run out of Boneville and later get separated and lost in the wilderness, meeting monsters and making friends as they attempt to return home.
Annotation:Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, then of finding her place after she gives up on being part of the elite group.
Annotation:Funny, fantastic, spooky, and suspenseful, each of these unique and beautifully illustrated short graphic works revolves around a central theme: a mysterious box and the marvels—or mayhem—inside.
Annotation:In order to protect the Big Toe of Drool, Fangbone the barbarian is sent to an alternate world, where he befriends Bill, a third-grader, and attends elementary school.
Annotation:Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.
Annotation:Hoping for some well-deserved rest during a sailing vacation on Little Beaver Island, the Flying Beaver Brothers are unwittingly embroiled in a turf war between the island's rivaling bird and rabbit populations.
Annotation:Initially thrilled when his mother tells him that he never has to clean his room again, Frankie Pickle is delighted with all the time he now has for all his imaginary adventures, but when the pile of clothes and debris becomes too much to manage, Frankie realizes his greatest challenge stands before him when he open the door to his closet and looks inside.
Annotation:The school lunch lady, a secret crime fighter, sets out to stop a group of librarians bent on destroying a shipment of video games, while a group of students known as the Breakfast Bunch provides back-up.
Annotation:In this choose-your-own adventure graphic novel, a boy stumbles on the laboratory of a mad scientist who asks him to choose between testing a mind-reading device, a time machine, and a doomsday machine.
Annotation:When Wendell begins to suffer from nightmares that threaten his sanity, Danny Dragonbreath teams up with a reluctant Suki to venture into the iguana's brain, where they encounter more subconscious monsters than they anticipated.
Annotation:Despite the fact that she swims with a teacup balanced on her head and stays north when all of the ducks fly south for the winter, Theodora believes herself to be a normal duck and makes a friend in Chad, who may be as eccentric as she is.
Annotation:Hareta, raised in the wild by Pokémon, decides to become a Pokémon trainer and sets out to find the legendary Pokémon Dialga before the evil Team Galactic does.
Annotation:A whimsical tale told in scrapbook style follows the haphazard efforts of a pair of best friends who resolve to conquer middle school, an endeavor that tests the limits of their friendship.
Annotation:Squish, a meek amoeba who loves the comic book exploits of his favorite hero, "Super Amoeba," tries to emulate him when his best friend is threatened by a bully.
Annotation:Following clues left by their missing father, 12-year-old twins Bickford and Rebecca Kidd sail from the Caribbean to New York City with their siblings to finish the dangerous quest started by their famous treasure-hunting parents and to unravel the mystery of what really happened to them--and find out if they're still alive.
Annotation:When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home.
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These titles require the reader to figure out how both text and images combine into a cohesive whole. Reluctant readers are often drawn to them, although the simultaneous reading of graphics and text is more cognitively demanding than reading text alone. Some of the titles on this list are in comic style, while other titles contain chapters alternating between text and images. For grades 2-6.