On the blog:
- A post about What Worked for Me in 2018
- A final #MustReadin2018 update
- And the usual assortment of haiku to round out my December challenge: townie deer, eagle on the prairie, bison carcass, disheveled Christmas tree, cats in wrapping paper, living bison.
Judd Winick’s fourth graphic novel in the HiLo series is just as much fun as the others, and maybe a little more action-filled for those who really like the pages turning with lots of battle.
This is the first book I’ve ever read in George O’Connor’s series of graphic novels about the Olympians, but it won’t be the last. It was engaging and funny, and I learned some things too.
I love Jason Reynolds, but Miles Morales was a struggle for me nearly from page 1. Nothing seemed well-developed here–not the characters or the plot or the setting or the sentence-level writing.
Deadendia is a super fun graphic novel set in an amusement park that’s also a portal to hell and featuring a diverse cast of characters. There’s plenty of action, but the real draw here is the banter and connection among the characters.
I appreciated the story line of the princess who decides to save herself and her sisters instead of continuing to wait for a handsome prince. Some funny moments, and the bond between Princess Adriene and her dragon was especially charming. I didn’t find the art and writing wholly consistent from volume to volume. I enjoyed the first story best. (For a similar plot line for an older reader, try Ladycastle.)
The Stars Beneath Our Feet is a promising debut from David Barclay Moore. There is a lot going on here, and I sometimes felt that the characters and plot got away from the author. But Lolly’s voice and his Lego art and his struggle to grieve for his brother did compel me to keep turning the pages.
A fascinating book about designing spaces for creative collaboration, with guidelines, rules, blueprints for making inexpensive seats, tables, and writing surfaces, and examples of interesting spaces.
March Book 3 is as brilliant as books 1 and 2. It’s a powerful work of art that still has all too much to say to our current moment in history.