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They've been called comic books, graphic novels, and more. Whatever you call them, these books — once considered inappropriate for children — have come of age!

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Babymouse: Puppy Love

By: Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The irrepressible Babymouse is eager to get a puppy even though her track record with pets isn't encouraging. Could Babymouse's dreams be better than reality? Fast and funny, many readers will see themselves in the very pink dreams of Babymouse.

Fashion Kitty

By: Charise Mericle
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

As Lana and her unconventional family of kitties (they have a pet mouse) celebrate her 8th birthday, a shelf of fashion magazines knocks an unsuspecting Lana out cold. She wakes up unharmed but has transformed into a skilled superhero with the ability to help the fashion-impaired, in this first of the series that spoofs superheroes.

Jack and the Box

By: Art Spiegelman
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What could be sillier than a Jack-in-the-box leaving its box to play? Why, even more things emerging from Jack's hat and box! A straightforward comic book format combined with simple illustration and conversation bubbles effectively convey both meaning and silliness in this enjoyable, imaginative romp.

Magic Pickle

By: Scott Morse
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Sophisticated readers will appreciate the over-the-top adventures of a cryogenic pickle that emerges with superhero skills through the bedroom floor of Jo Jo Wigman. This full-color comic is distinguished by funny puns and wordplay as well as the combination of familiar school problems and Magic Pickle’s fantastic dilemmas.

Owly: Flying Lessons

By: Andy Runton
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Though nearly wordless, the expressive black and white illustrations effectively convey Owly's broad range of changing emotions: loneliness, trepidation, fear, joy, and more. In this volume, Owly learns to fly while another forest animal learns to trust — both with the help of Owly's buddy, Worm.

Polo: The Runaway Book

By: Regis Faller
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The chase is on when Polo's book is stolen by a small alien. Polo, an engaging hound, pulls an amazing assortment of aids from his backpack, all leading to a satisfying conclusion. Colorful art placed in comic strip format is supported on large pages in Polo's second adventure.

Stinky

By: Eleanor Davis
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When a new kid comes to his swamp, a small monster does everything he can to get rid of him. Instead, the young monster learns a thing or so about friendship. An easy-to-follow comic book format combined with recognizable concerns makes this ideal for emerging readers or for one-on-one sharing.

The Mighty 12: Superheroes of Greek Myth

By: Charles Smith
Illustrated by: P. Craig Russell
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Greek gods and goddesses are the stuff of contemporary superheroes. Dramatic full-color, exaggerated comic book illustrations are used to present a dozen of the ancient heroes, sure to thrill contemporary, more experienced readers.

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