This week I’m celebrating our Graphic Novel Book Club for Kids.
This month’s pick was Earthling! by Mark Fearing. Since it was such a nice day we had it under our camper down tree. I was very impressed by the responses they gave.
I told them that some adults didn’t like graphic novels because kids read through them so quickly. I asked them how they would convince the adults or other non-comic fans that they should pick up graphic novels. They shared that graphic novels had a high re-read factor. (One of them is closing on in her thirtieth read of Raina Telgemeier’s Drama!) So, even if a book is finished right away, a kid will end up rereading it and usually will pick up something new or heighten their experience because they’ve become so familiar with the material. They also said that the fact graphic novels have more pictures, it helps explain things better. The visual clues help readers with the story flow. I loved the fact that these avid readers (aside from graphic novels, they read a lot of middle grade novels- series like The Guardian Herd by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez and Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland) also shared they still love the occasional picture books. It turned out they both love The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman!
We tackled bullying a little bit since Earthling has a boy accidentally taking the wrong school bus to a different planet. Right in the beginning, the new kid gets picked on. We discussed teachers who were nice to them and made a positive impact because in the story a teacher shielded the main character from the evil principal.
We even talked about pies and they tried teaching me Pig Latin!
What are you celebrating this week?