- Posted by Johanna on March 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm
- Category: Books and Prose
- CREDITS: by Scott Robins and Snow Wildsmith
- PUBLISHER: Krause Publications; $16.99 US
I’m almost a year late talking about this reference guide — it came out last May — but the nice thing about a well-done, beautifully formatted volume like this is that it quickly becomes timeless. Particularly since the authors, both librarians, focus on graphic novels and book-format comics.
The book is diverse, including titles in a variety of genres. (Few superheroes, though, since they avoid periodicals, although a handful do get mentioned in collected form.) It’s arranged by grade level, in four sections from Pre-K to eighth grade. Within each section, the books are presented alphabetically.
It’s nicely laid out. Each selection gets its own double-page spread. The left has key information, while the right reproduces a page from the recommended book. The thick gloss paper makes for a heavy book for its size and reproduces the art samples well. The text information includes publisher, publication dates, genre, and format, while the writers made sure to include a “heads up” that indicates whether the work includes any areas of concern, whether violence, name-calling, potty humor, or kissing. Each title also has a “What’s Next…” section that lists similar books as a kind of “if you liked this, try that” continuing recommendation.
I was surprised at how many of the titles I hadn’t heard of, particularly in the section for the youngest readers. I suspect many of them are sold primarily to the educational/library market and/or promoted as children’s books instead of comics. Although many come from book publishers, Top Shelf, Toon, First Second, and Viz, to name a few, are also represented. This would be a good book to take to the library with the kids, or for a comic shop to keep behind the counter to help clerks with recommendations for families.
Right now, the publisher’s website has the book on sale. (The publisher provided a review copy.)