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KCLS Recommends: Children's - Graphic & Illustrated Novels

Big Bad Ironclad!
Big Bad Ironclad! A Civil War Steamship Showdown By Hale, Nathan, 1976- Book - 2012 J HALE All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 12 copies

Annotation:Nathan Hale combines history and comics. In this particular book the ironclad steam warships used in the civil war are central to his hazardous tale. Ages 8-12

Comics Squad
Comics Squad Recess! Book - 2014 J COMICS SS Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 25 copies

Annotation:Do you like Lunch Lady or Baby Mouse? Maybe it's the illustrators you are looking for like Gene Luen Yang or Ursula Vernon? This is the perfect book for those who love all of the above and want a little taste of everything. Short comic stories by amazing illustrators on the topic Recess. Ages 8-10

El Deafo
El Deafo By Bell, Cece Book - 2014 J BELL All copies in use Availability details Holds: 47 on 57 copies

Annotation:This graphic memoir is a touching tale of friendship, family and growing up deaf. Cece sees herself having super powers with her new hearing aid, like a super hero, but she still would like to fit in at school and in her neighborhood. Ages 9-12

Extraordinary Warren, A Super Chicken
Extraordinary Warren, A Super Chicken By Dillard, Sarah, 1961- Book - 2014 J DILLARD Available in some locations

Annotation:Warren is an ordinary chicken. Millard is a run-of-the mill rat. Egg is an everyday egg. When Warren, Millard, and Egg meet, their everyday lives become extraordinary. Ages 6-9

Hidden A Child's Story of the Holocaust By Dauvillier, Loïc, 1971- Book - 2014 J DAUVILLIER Available in some locations

Annotation:Dounia is a grandmother now, but once she was a little girl herself. She is finally ready to tell her granddaughter the secret she never told her son; her memories of Paris in 1942. Ages 7-12

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth
The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth By Lendler, Ian Book - 2014 J LENDLER Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:The Stratford zoo is not what you think it is at night. No sleeping animals but a wonderful performance of Macbeth. Accessible artwork paired with a hilarious adaptation of the well know play. Ages 10-12

Welcome to the Tribe!
Welcome to the Tribe! By Grimaldi, 1975- Book - 2013 J GRIMALDI Available in some locations

Annotation:Tib has a birthmark on his face. Many of the kids in his tribe make fun of him because of it. Tib wishes for a new friend and he gets it in the form of a dinosaur. His new found friend also has a mark on his face and is a vegetarian just like Tib. Nobody believes that his new found friend exists. Ages 9-12

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The Invention of Hugo Cabret A Novel in Words and Pictures By Selznick, Brian Book - 2007 J SELZNICK Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 104 copies
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Vs. the Mecha-monkeys From Mars
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Vs. the Mecha-monkeys From Mars By Pilkey, Dav, 1966- Book - 2014 J PILKEY Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 41 copies

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.

Pinocula The Creature From My Closet By Skye, Obert Book - 2013 J SKYE Available in some locations

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.

Stick Dog Chases A Pizza
Stick Dog Chases A Pizza By Watson, Tom, 1962- Book - 2014 J WATSON All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 12 copies

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.

Chickenhare By Grine, Chris Book - 2013 J GRINE Available in some locations

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.

Adventures in Cartooning
Adventures in Cartooning By Sturm, James, 1965- Book - 2009 J741.51 STU Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 19 copies

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.

Bake Sale
Bake Sale By Varon, Sara Book - 2011 J VARON Available in some locations

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.

Bad Kitty
Bad Kitty School Daze By Bruel, Nick Book - 2013 J BRUEL All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 21 copies

Annotation:When Kitty's owners have finally had enough of her bad behavior, it is time to ship her off to obedience school.

Bird & Squirrel on the Run!
Bird & Squirrel on the Run! By Burks, James Book - 2012 J BURKS Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 31 copies

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.

Bone [Vol. 1], Out From Boneville By Smith, Jeff, 1960 February 27- Book - 2005 J SMITH V.1 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 67 copies

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.

Dork Diaries
Dork Diaries Tales From A Not-so-fabulous Life By Russell, Rachel Renée Book - 2009 J RUSSELL Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 84 copies

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.

Explorer The Mystery Boxes : Seven Graphic Stories Book - 2012 J EXPLORER Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 27 copies

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.

Fangbone!, Third-grade Barbarian
Fangbone!, Third-grade Barbarian By Rex, Michael Book - 2012 J REX Available in some locations

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.

Flora & Ulysses
Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures By DiCamillo, Kate Book - 2013 J DICAMILLO Available in some locations Holds: 11 on 61 copies

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.

The Flying Beaver Brothers
The Flying Beaver Brothers Birds Vs. Bunnies By Eaton, Maxwell Book - 2013 J EATON V.4 Available in some locations

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.

Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom By Wight, Eric, 1974- Book - 2009 J WIGHT Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 29 copies

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.

Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians
Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians By Krosoczka, Jarrett Book - 2009 J KROSOCZKA Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 15 copies

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.

Meanwhile By Shiga, Jason Book - 2010 J SHIGA Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 28 copies

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.

Nightmare of the Iguana
Nightmare of the Iguana By Vernon, Ursula Book - 2013 J VERNON Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 58 copies

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.

Odd Duck
Odd Duck By Castellucci, Cecil, 1969- Book - 2013 J CASTELLUCCI Available in some locations

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.

The Popularity Papers
The Popularity Papers Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang By Ignatow, Amy Book - 2010 J IGNATOW Available in some locations

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.

Rapunzel's Revenge
Rapunzel's Revenge By Hale, Shannon Book - 2008 J HALE Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 33 copies

Annotation:In this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso and to take on outlaws - including Gothel, the woman she thinks is her mother.

The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook
The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook By Davis, Eleanor, 1983- Book - 2009 J DAVIS Available in some locations

Annotation:A trio of skilled kid inventors must rescue their inventions from an evil adult thief.

Squish [No. 1], Super Amoeba By Holm, Jennifer L. Book - 2011 J SQUISH V.1 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 95 copies

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.

Zita the Spacegirl
Zita the Spacegirl Book One, Far From Home By Hatke, Ben Book - 2010 J HATKE Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 88 copies

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.


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.

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