Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Literate Comics - Comic Literacy

Friday I'll run a piece on why and how kids should read 
comics, but for today I'll assume you agree, kids can
learn reading from comics.
But what comics or graphic novels 
(an increasingly elastic term) - 
will intrigue and please your kid?
As always, I don't know, but I'm willing
to make some suggestions.
"Monster on the Hill" takes the outsider who 
wants to conform tale into an odd English
landscape where villagers pride themselves
on their resident monster. Except in the small
town of Stoker-on-Avon where the monster 
that lives on the hill just isn't scary. 
Publisher Top Shelf also offers "Johnny Boo,"
a very simple comic where
the title character's bouncy adventures remind
me a bit of Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie 
stories (the level and humor are similar),
and might appeal to those readers.
And for fans of the silly and absurd,
"Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken" - I hope
the title says it all because I can't describe
it more clearly except to mention they're
If you're looking for mainstream comics,
try DC's "Teen Titans Go"  
(now on Cartoon Network)
or "Guardians of the Galaxy" from Marvel
-specifically the character Rocket Raccoon.
Both of these, as you might expect, contain
fairly frequent fight scenes, the latter with
space age weaponry.

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