My son learned to love reading because of graphic novels so they will always have a place in my heart. He’s reading chapter books now, but he still enjoys a funny notebook novel. I’m excited to share some newly published ones, and I’m giving away a few them as well (at the bottom of the page).
How about you? What graphic novels or notebook novels have your kids been enjoying? Please share!
Doodle Adventures: You Draw the Story
This is a fun concept, particularly for summer reading. It’s a doodle book combined with a graphic novel. The reader gets to decide the story by drawing it in and you don’t necessarily have to be an artist.
The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs by Mike Lowery
I wasn’t sure how my son would react to this doodle graphic novel since it looked a little easy for him, but he raced through it and enjoyed doodling along to create his own adventure. Since we had an ARC (advanced release copy), I’ve giving away this brand spanking new hardcover book! [doodle graphic novel, ages 6 and up]
The Pursuit of the Pesky Pizza Pirate by Mike Lowery
This adventure will be out September 2016 and it’s the same doodle adventure concept. If you child like The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs, be sure to pre-order your copy! [doodle graphic novel, ages 6 and up]
Funny Graphic Novels for Young Kids
Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror! by Paige Braddock
I’ve read a few of the Stinky Cecil graphic novels and they are funny, with an environmental message to boot. Cecil the toad gets captured from his pond and ends up in a classroom terrarium. His pond friends have to launch a daring rescue. Back pages include notes on chameleons, garter snakes, how to make a terrarium, and character sketches. [graphic novel, ages 6 and up]
Unicorn vs. Goblins: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure by Dana Simpson
Phoebe and her unicorn have a relationship that reminds me of Calvin and Hobbes with similar dry sarcastic humor. In this graphic novel geared towards girls, Phoebe goes to a sleep away summer music camp, meets her unicorn’s sister, and goes on various misadventures involving sparkles, magic and goblins. [graphic novel, ages 8 and up]
Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans by Gary Northfield
I would describe this notebook novel — chapter book with doodles like Diary of a Wimpy Kid — simply as the movie Madagascar during The Roman Empire. Both the zebra in the movie and in this book are hilarious! Julius is captured and brought back to the Roman coliseum where he must battle for his life as a gladiator. My son and I loved this funny, zany adventure. The cartoon doodle illustrations match the comedic text perfectly. We are impatiently waiting for the sequel! [notebook novel, ages 8 and up]
Stick Cat: A Tale of Two Kitties by Tom Watson
Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Stick Dog will enjoy this newest offering by Tom Watson. Two cats, one adventure, and lots of laughs. [notebook novel, ages 8 and up]
The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1: Locker Hero by Rachel Renée Russell
I just bought a copy for my son and am waiting for it to arrive. He’s also starting middle school and loves funny graphic novels and/or notebook novels. I don’t expect my son to be stuffed into the lockers by the school bully but I do think he will find this hilarious. [notebook novel, ages 9 and up]
Historical Fiction Graphic Novel
Alamo All Stars by Nathan Hale
Nathan Hale’s historical fiction graphic novel series is a terrific, well executed series. I had read his previous book about the Donner Party and the book gave me such a realistic accounting of what happened that I couldn’t help but be annoyed with various people in the party for being so stupid.
The Alamo is especially interesting to me because I visited San Antonio a few years ago and took my kids to The Alamo.
My only criticism is that the font size is quite small which may be off putting to reluctant readers. [graphic novel, ages 9 and up]
New Graphic Novels for Kids GIVEAWAY
I’m giving away these four great graphic novels:
- The Search for the Slimy Space Bugs (doodle adventure graphic novel for ages 6 and up)
- Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror (environmental animal adventure graphic novel for ages 6 and up)
- Unicorn vs. Goblins (funny graphic novel for girls ages 8 and up)
- Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans! (hilarious notebook novel — chapter book with doodles, ages 8 and up)
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