Graphic Novel

Breaking cat news : cats reporting on the news that matters to cats

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Georgia Dunn
Breaking cat news : cats reporting on the news that matters to cats

Often times graphic novels are just that: graphic. But Breaking Cat News: Cats Reporting on the News That Matters to Cats is a graphic novel you shouldn’t miss checking out. It’s apparent author and illustrator Georgia Dunn lives with and knows the minds of cats. I especially liked the pages where the cats reported on their (aka the expected baby’s) new furniture. I would’ve liked to have seen another panel or two for some vignettes, but that didn’t detract from the stories. Check our catalog.

Doris M., Reference

The Nameless City (eBook)

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Faith Erin Hicks and Jordie Bellaire
The Nameless City

I enjoyed reading this fast-paced graphic novel for kids. A city is called “The Nameless City” because it has been taken over and renamed by so many groups over the years it’s hard to keep track of its name. The current government will soon have held it for 40 years and there are a few different ideas for what the next steps should be. While some want to grow a stronger army, one official has the idea to share the city amongst the feuding countries. The story unfolded without giving me all the details so I’m anxious to read the second book when it comes out.

I appreciated the ambiguity of the culture, location, timeframe, etc., so the focus was on the main character and the plot. I think it could have been a little longer to have more time to explore the main character’s familial relationships, but lack of this made his newfound relationship with a girl who grew up in the city more believable.

Find the book on the MCLS Overdrive website. You will need your library card number and PIN to access it.


Janice H., Youth Services


Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Roz Chast

This is a very funny book on parent/child relationships from the popular New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast.  So much is said in each cartoon, aside from the captions.  Her characters have such a funny, yet real, look about them, and their expressions are priceless.  The situations are so relatable, and succinctly summed up in a deceptively simple cartoon.  Chast has a new book out as well, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, which is also available at this library.  Highly recommended! Check our catalog

Pat P.

Jane, the fox & me

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault, Christine Morelli and Susan Ouriou

There was no possibility of hiding anywhere today. (p9)

The tale of Jane, the fox & me, begins at school.  Helene’s school.  Drawn in pencil sketches of black, white and grey quickly gives the reader the sense that all is not well for Helene.  Immediately there’s a sense of sadness and it is quickly discovered that Helene has been outcast from a group of girls that were once her friends.  Now, it’s a day to day struggle to survive.  The bullying is relentless and cruel, hitting on one of the most sensitive nerves in all young woman.  Body image.

Today they wrote on the stall door in the second floor washroom, Helene weighs 216…and below…she smells like BO! (p12)

As Helene’s story unfolds she is dealt a horrible hand and learns that her class is taking a fieldtrip to a Nature Camp.  A field trip that includes four nights and forty students.   Everyone is going.  To make matters worse, there will be swimming at the nature camp and Helene needs a new bathing suit. 

Once at the Nature Camp, Helene is grouped together with the “Outcasts”.  There are three of them in total and they have been assigned to share a tent.  Hopeful that she might connect with one of the two girls proves to be fruitless when each girl neglects to communicate with anyone at camp.  The days are long and the bullying continues.   It escalates at one point leaving Helene alone in the woods where she discovers a fox.  The fox is just as intrigued by Helene as she is by him and just as he gets close enough to touch, one of the outcast roommates goes ballistic. 

What kind of idiot are you ?  Don’t you know that a fox that comes that close must have rabies?  It’s sick, dangerous.  I’ll have you know I just saved your life. (p80)

Helen is left feeling utterly and completely castaway and alone.

Is all hope truly lost? 

Is there anyone out there that wants to be Helene’s friend?

Is there any hope for Helene to once again see how beautiful she truly is despite the heavily weighted words of her peers? 

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Emily D, Circulation

Maus (I & II)

Monday, January 28, 2008
Art Spiegelman

A memoir of sorts, presented in graphic novel (cartoon) format.

Maus ties together two powerful stories: Vladek Spiegleman - a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son - a cartoonist trying to come to terms with his father. The unique style allows the reader to experience Vladek's tale as he is relating it to his son.

This is the first graphic novel I have ever read - although I read lots of comic books as a kid! The conversational tone allowed bits of history to be interspersed with household chores. I felt as if I knew the Spiegelman family by the end.

Sue A 2, Reference

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