Carnet De Voyage

Craig Thompson, Michigan born creator of Good-bye Chunky Rice and Blankets, has created a beautiful (but self-indulgent) account of his 2004 European publicity tour and side trip to Morocco. His drawings of trees are amazing! His opinion of his country of origin? Not so great. At one point while abroad he poses as a Canadian.

Why not create your own Carnet De Voyage? AADL has some great books to provide inspiration. Try Journeys and Journals: Five Centuries of Travel Writing and Claudia Nice's How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal.

The Professor's Daughter

Logistical complications aside, what if the mummy of Imhotep IV came to life and resided in 19th-century London? He would have a charming romance with the daughter of a renowned Egyptologist professor, of course.
Joann Sfar (Little Vampire Goes to School, Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!, and The Rabbis Cat) has taken a break from illustrating to write this exciting adventure. As always, he does a wonderful job. Emmanuel Guibert's watercolor sketches brilliantly bring this lighthearted tale to life.

Boys over Flowers

The manga Boys over Flowers (also known as Hana Yori Dango) is the story of Makino Tsukushi, who transfers into an elite high school and promptly gets on the wrong side of the F4, the most popular group of boys. But when the F4 try to make her life miserable, she decides that she won’t take their bullying lying down. Fans of the manga also won’t want to miss the anime adaptation in the library’s DVD collection. Wondering what to read next? Try Kare Kano.

Courtney Crumrin

Not sure what to read now that you've finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (or while you wait for your copy)? Still haven't had your fill of magical creatures and spells? Then Courtney Crumrin might be for you. Courtney's family moves to Hillsborough to care for her eccentric Great Uncle Aloysius and she soon finds that things are not what they seem. Uncle Aloysius is far from decrepit and mysterious creatures are lurking in the nearby forest. Courtney learns that knowledge of witchcraft runs in her family and Uncle Aloysius has plans for her education. Courtney is a bit more pessimistic than Harry, but Ted Naifeh has done a wonderful job of taking the edge off of darker moments by mixing stylized characters (such as cute and noseless Courtney) with some more realistically rendered designs--reminiscent of Arthur Rackham.

Warriors

Warrior Cats! Need I say more? This popular series by Erin Hunter is now available in manga format! Warriors: The Lost Warrior is the first installment.

A good sketch is better than a long speech

I've been in to picture books, comics, manga, graphic novels or what ever you prefer to call the medium of artistic story telling for a long time. I remember trying to explain my appreciation for graphic novels to my parents. They looked at me with slightly puzzled, slightly worried looks...

"...so are they called graphic novels because they are violent?"

"Some are some aren't, but thats not important"

"... so are they called graphic novels because they have naughty pictures?"

"Some do some don't, but that's not important"

".. so is it the foul language that makes them graphic?"

" NO!, they are called graphic because of the art work."

Robots of every size and shape

For some reason lately I've been on a bit of a "Robot Kick". Maybe its all the run up and hype for the release of the Transformers Movie or maybe I'm just geeked about the Library Lego League. (I can't wait to see how the new program works out ;0)

I remember reading a quote from Joseph Engelberger (early robotic pioneer ) about what makes a robot a robot he is quoted to have said.

"I can't define a robot, but I know one when I see one."

Cardcaptor Sakura

When ten-year-old Sakura Kinomoto opens a mysterious book in her father’s library, she accidentally releases the magical Clow Cards. Now, with the help of Kerberos, the protector of the cards-—he was sleeping when they escaped, and is now currently masquerading as a stuffed animal—-it’s up to her to find them before they can cause more havoc in her hometown. Want to know what happens next? Learn the rest of the story in the Cardcaptor Sakura anime and manga. Already familiar with it? Check out the current reimagining of Sakura’s story in CLAMP’s Tsubasa..

Sticky Burr!!

Read the inspiring story (in graphic storybook form) of an anthropomorphic seed pod who becomes a hero. And there’s even a song to learn at the end!
Sticky Burr and his good friend Draffle the Dragonfly save Princess Oralee (of the lightning bugs) and the entire village of burrs in this exciting adventure for middle-graders. For even more fun visit the Sticky Burr website.

The Rabbi’s Cat

In 1930s Algeria, the Rabbi’s cat has gained the ability to speak (by means of a murderous act) and wishes to have a Bar Mitzvah and study the kabbalah. The cat expresses his impertinent opinions about Judaism until he breaks another commandment and loses the ability to talk to humans. This is a beautiful and sad story wonderfully told through Joann Sfar’s expressive illustrations. Sfar is the French cartoonist behind the Little Vampire series. You can visit his website here (if you can’t read French just click on the pictures to explore). The Rabbi’s Cat won a 2006 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material.

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