Showing posts with label Young Adult Graphic Novel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Young Adult Graphic Novel. Show all posts

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sunday's Hodge Podge of Reading

When I Grow Up I Want To Be a Veterinarian by Wigu
Genre: Children, Nonfiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

This is the second book from this series I have read.  I have to say that I love the story and the way they mingle non-fiction information to support the story. In this story, Sofia wants a pet.  The answer is always the same NO. Her mom loves animals, but doesn’t believe that Sofia is ready for a pet. There is so much she needs to learn first.  Then one raining night Sofia thinks she sees a cat.  The next day she sets a bowl of leftover food outside and the cat comes back. Her mother isn’t pleased because she knows once you feed a cat it will return.  This cat doesn’t look very healthy.  The father convinces mom to take the cat to their friend the veterinarian.  While there, Sofia learns all about what a veterinarian does and the different types of animal doctors.  The question is, will mom let her keep the cat?  Like I said, there is a lot of great information in here, it is plugged in as part of the story line.  I love these books. 

The Lucky Seven Show by Mary Jo Wisneski Johnston

Genre: Children, Picture Book
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The 
opinions expressed here are my own.

This was a cute book that shows what can happen when chaos erupts and everyone wants their own way. It also shows what happens when there is collaboration,and the importance of compromise. I like the way the language was not dumbed down for kids. When I read a book to my grand kids I want them to ask me about unfamiliar words. That is how we increase their vocabulary.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Maus Series 1 & 2  by Art Spiegelman
Genre: Young Adult, Adult, Graphic Novel

Maus I - A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
I have had my eye on this book for quite some time.  I didn't want to purchase it for my shelves until I had read and reviewed it.  I teach sixth graders and this kind of material must be handled properly. I called our school librarian and asked if I could check out the book. She informed me they were used for our 8th grade curriculum and students couldn't check them out.  I informed her they were for me.  She checked both books out to me. My goal was to read something I'd wanted to read for a long time over winter break and to satisfy the graphic novel requirement for my classroom reading challenge.  I always participate in them.  I just usually double the number required for myself. I was intrigued as to why the author used mice and cats to represent the Jews and Nazi's. Then I learned he used dogs to represent the GIs and the Polish people were represented by pigs.  The mice, dogs and pigs where the way the Nazis referred to these people.  For a great video where the author speaks about his writing of this series I offer you the following web address:

The first book is the telling of Art's visits with his father trying to get his story about the Holocaust.  What is unique about this book is that we have two story lines going.  First you have the actual story told through memories of his father's life up until they were taken away.  The second story is the author's story as he interviews his father. He deals with awful events such as the suicide of his mother.  This is a brutally honest look at one of the most horrific events in history and how it affected so many.

Maus II - A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began

This second book is the story of his dad's survival as he is a prisoner of the Nazis.  It is also the story of survival for the author.  No one who has lived through a tragedy goes through it alone.  Think of 9/11. Those family members and especially the children of survivors of that day are forever affected by the way they lived life with those survivors after the event.  This is the case with Art Spiegelman.  We see how affected he was and how difficult life was for him. This is not an easy book to read. I know many of our students will pick it up and think only of it as a graphic novel.  However, I can guarantee you that as they read it, the last thing they will think about is the format.  I am glad our school is using this book for part of its Holocaust unit. I applaud them and recommend this series to Young adults and adult alike.