Tag Archives: comics

Going Nuclear

Going nuclear?  A recent, award-winning picture book; another acclaimed, older picture book; and some classic and in-progress graphic novels remind us just how terrible this military choice has been.  These works center upon the World War II atomic devastation of … Continue reading

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O Canada! Super People and Super Heroes

Last month in Montreal, I had the pleasure of dining with three talented illustrator/authors, all members of the SCWBI’s (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’) Eastern Canada Chapter: Julie Prescesky, Julien Chung, and  Emilie Pepin. Chatting with these super people, … Continue reading

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Story Times: Kamishibai, Manga, and More

When my son (now 27) was a tot, library story time was an important part of our week. We both looked forward to that circle of eager kids, listening and watching as the librarian dramatically pointed out scenes in the … Continue reading

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Novel Approaches

What novel approach to writing may you find on your next library or bookstore visit? Here is one you already may have encountered … Part graphic novel, part prose: this mixed-genre form of writing has gained popularity since the debut of … Continue reading

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Challenged and Challenging

How do you face a challenge? Are you quietly scared and nervous? Do you bluster and bull your way through? Do you take a deep breath, find out what is involved, and then act? Or do you avoid doing anything? … Continue reading

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War-Torn Pages Ripped from History

World War II is making headlines again. A 94-year-old man, living just a few miles from me here in Minnesota, has been revealed as a probable war criminal. Michael Karkoc was an officer in two Nazi-led Ukrainian military units. He … Continue reading

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Sharp Objects and Sharper Kids: Redefining Heroism

What does it take to be a hero? In comics, physical daring and superpowers are typically needed. Spiderman broke new ground in the 1960s when teen Peter Parker realized that “with great power there must also come great responsibility.” Parker had … Continue reading

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