Comic Crush Saturday: October 19th, 2019
Welcome to Comic Crush Saturday, our bi-weekly feature focused on the graphic elements of the book world. Comics became a huge part of my life a few years ago when I started reviewing them (and comic related TV shows) on Forever Young Adult. I’ve maintained a pull list through my local comic shop, Isotope Comics, and even got Kelly to start one ;). You’ll find mini-reviews, what we’ve read recently, and more so check it out!
Featured Review(s) of the Week
The Cardboard Kingdomby Chad Sell, Jay Fuller, David DeMeo, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Manuel Betancourt, Michael Cole, Cloud Jacobs, Barbara Perez Marquez
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
on June 5, 2018
Genres: Graphic Novel
Welcome to a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes, and their ordinary block into cardboard kingdom. This is the summer when sixteen kids encounter knights and rogues, robots and monsters--and their own inner demons--on one last quest before school starts again.
In the Cardboard Kingdom, you can be anything you want to be--imagine that!
Remember when we used to be unencumbered humans? When we were small and society hadn’t socialized us into letting go of our playful and exploratory side. I was just thinking about this the other day…As I get older, I take less risks socially. I am more afraid to be who I am because of what people will think.
Honestly, I hate it.
The Cardboard Kingdom challenges exactly this. Who would we be if we had the imagination to transform cardboard boxes into kingdoms, creatures, kings, queens, villains, heroes…Anything! If we could see the world through a lens of magic. All through one summer, in one neighborhood, with a variety of perspectives.
Chad Sell had recruited a list of masterful storytellers to showcase a diverse set of people doing what people should do – creature. Envision. The story is anthology style yet the themes and tone remain consistent throughout. Characters come in and out of stories, as makes sense with what’s happening in the neighborhood at that time.
Honestly, we can all use the reminder that nothing is as it seems and we are socialized into a box at times. Let’s get out and have some fun – costumes NOT optional.
I slowly savored this little piece of sunshine, reading bits before bed. Put this on everyone’s holiday lists, especially if they love whimsical stories, childhood friendships that should never end, and whole face smiles for days.
What We Can’t Wait For
As if the I Survived series isn’t fabulous enough, The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 GRAPHIC NOVEL edition is coming soon! Thanks for the early copy @Scholastic @GraphixBooks and @thebookstall! Excited for our library copies to arrive in February 2020. ?? @laurenTarshis pic.twitter.com/Q7vUGhFGVB— LibrarianBookends (Steph ?& Mary❤️) (@LBookends) October 14, 2019
Such a cool way to learn about history! This one is definitely on my radar. Do any of my teacher friends have these books in your library?
Best News of the Week
No surprise to Team BookCrushin that manga is killing it in the US. Have you checked out any manga lately?
When one of your fav people ever gets a comic deal!!!!!!!
My streaming budget just grew…
Get your holiday shopping lists ready…
I expect to see cosplays and Halloween costumes galore…