This week I’m celebrating graphic novels.
We held our monthly Family Book Club and we chose 2 graphic novels to discuss. The reasons we chose graphic novels were two-fold. First, I wanted to let adults see how comics and graphic novels have come a long way from the standard superhero stories where the heroes were all good and the villains were all bad. This was definitely my presumption. Also, I wanted to tie it in with Banned Books Week with their focus on graphic novels this year.
We read the following books: (may contain spoilers)
It seems everyone had only good things to say about the book. With all the coming-of-age issues of friendship, appearances, and family relationships, there were definitely lots of relatable moments. I enjoyed the details in the illustrations. I also enjoyed the visual cues of time and place without having them be too obvious.
I’m not going to lie. When I got to the part where the dad died (right in the beginning), I was worried how others were going to react to this tragic event. I joked how I hoped they had watched enough Disney films to be used to this kind of thing. I really wasn’t sure what to expect but I ended up reading the whole series.
I was surprised I got addicted to the series. It helped that the characters became more fleshed out as we learned more about their back stories. I really liked how Navin’s role got bigger as the series progressed.
There were plenty of twists and turns to keep readers interested- not to mention the gorgeous illustrations. I can’t wait for the next installment and hope this will be a long-lasting series.
The Family Book Club brought in another group of people. They were very passionate readers. I enjoy how every time we meet we seem to end up writing down one another’s book suggestions. Other recommendations included Wonder, 13 Treasures, Watchmen, Fun Home, and Bone.
What are you celebrating this week?