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Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race

By Jen Breach and Douglas Holgate

This is new graphic novel series that features a race car driving, archaeologist fourteen year old girl.  Clem was raised on digs with her parents until they suddenly disappeared. She and her robot brother went to an orphanage. The book picks when they have run away and are trying to get back on an archaeology dig. The dig they end up on is also a very rough off-road vehicle race.

I loved Clem. She is a cool girl who doesn’t let things stand in her way. Her robot brother is mischievous and loyal. There is a very funny note from him. I won’t tell you what it says but it is one of my favorite parts of the book. Their friend may or may not be a good guy.  The race is dangeous and take no prisoners. The graphics really do a good job of showing the race dangers and fun.

This is the first book. I can not wait for the next book to learn more about Clem and the other racers.

Because of the race dangers, I would say this is an older kid graphic novel. Third grade might be the youngest I would recommend and it may still be a little much then.

A review copy of this book was provided to me by Graphix in exchange for an honest review.

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Madam C.J. Walker and New Cosmetics

By Katherine Krohn

Illustrated by Richard Dominguez, Dave Hoover, Bill Anderson and Charles Barnett III

For Black History Month, I am working on a project on Madam C.J. Walker. This is one of my research books and it is a graphic novel style. It is fun and quick to read. It has a lot of details but not all the ones I needed. I have two other books on her to read as well.

I think using graphic novel style is a fun way to gets kids to read something historical. It was a good way to learn a little about her before I read the other books. This is a good way also for kids who aren’t up to reading a full chapter book.

I would think this book and others in its series would be a good addition to a school library.

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Cucumber Quest: The Ripple Kingdom

By Gigi D.G.

The adventures of Cucumber continue in this book. The silly names continue with a water theme. The adventure are still pretty silly with a really silly part at the end. It does tie to the first book. The water princess has a cell phone that summons a creature. It is helpful not scary. Throughout they continue to try to find the Nightmare Knight.

I like that this continues the funny names and despite it being an adventure book, it is fun. I like that ties to the first book. I think the illustrations are funny, nice and colorful. They perk up this very cold streak of weather.

I recommend this to people who liked the first Cucumber Quest and people looking for an adventure. If you like Star vs Forces of Evil, you will probably like this.

Review copy provided by First Second

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One Day a Dot

By Ian Lendler

Illustrated by Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb

This book is about how the universe started and follows a dot through the eras. It is fun finding the dots in some of the illustrations. You learn how evolution works and how history passes. It is a very fun way for kids to learn. It even ends with a timeline. The timeline is through now so in the future it may be wrong. Like when we get flying cars (my parents just rolled their eyes as they both work in auto industry).

I liked that every picture there was a dot. The illustrations are fun and helped explain the history.

I recommend this book for kids, well anyone, who wants to learn about the universe and how things started.

I give this book sixty five million stars since it goes back to dinosaurs.

Wow and this book won’t be released till April! You should add it to your preorder list.

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Elenora Mandragora

By Severine Gauthier

Art by Thomas Labourot

Elenora Mandragora is the daughter of Merlin, the wizard. This graphic novel is the story of her adventures. Merlin dies so she has to do things by herself. She makes some mistake which are very funny. She is a strong female and in the end it works out.

I can’t tell you more without giving away the fun. I liked this story because it is funny, has a strong female character, has magic and has a good story. The illustrations are really cool. The way the people are drawn are different and very cool. There are a lot of details in the pictures.

I recommend this to kids who graphic novels, magic or are looking for a female lead.

Bridget note: I will be taking a break through the Christmas Holiday. I have lots of books going so I will be back!

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Bodie Troll

By Jay Fosgitt

Bodie Troll is a very grumpy troll. That is what I am like in the morning. He has a problem with a fairy. She is always blaming him for stuff and fussing at him. They sound like a brother and sister. There is more than one story in this book and they are all funny. Bodie is constantly getting into problems with people.

Bodie is funny. The stories are very funny. They are what kids go through but in a fantasy world. This is a good way to think about what you go through but with some fantasy.

I recommend this to kids who need a laugh and people who have a case of the grumpy.

I have heard a second book comes out in 2018. Jay is friends with my comic book guys! I also met him at Ann Arbor comic event in spring.

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Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel

I read this but because I haven’t read the Wings of Fire book series, i didn’t really get it. My cousin, Alexander, is a huge Wings of Fire fan so I asked him to read this. My aunt said he was super excited to do it. The illustrator is Mike Holmes and I do love his work!

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Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy is about 5 dragonets and a prophecy.  The prophecy tells how to end the war that has lasted for twenty years.  The dragonets must choose one of three sandwing queens to rule the sandwing tribe. This book follows the five dragonets as they escape and attempt to find their homes and meet all the queens so they can know all their personalities in person and not just from stories and scrolls, because you never know when to trust a scroll.

In the novel Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy it says in the prologue what happens to the skywing egg and in the Wings of Fire graphic novel it shows them hatching.  Both tell you different parts of the story, so you should read them both.  Other than the prologue, the stories are the same.  The characters in the graphic novel don’t look like the characters on the cover of the original book.  The graphic novel has a nice story line.  The illustrations are very detailed and look even cooler than they did in my imagination for some of the dragons.

I think people who like dragons, fantasy and prophecies and escaping would like this book.  People who trust scroll could learn from this book series.

The prophecy….. “When the war has lasted 20 years… the dragonets will come.  When the land is soaked in blood and tears… the dragonets will come.  Find the seawing egg of deepest blue, wings of night shall come to you. The  largest egg in mountain high will give to you the wings of sky. For the wings of earth, search through the mud for an egg the color of dragon blood.  And hidden alone from the rival queens, the sandwing eggs awaits unseen.  Of three queens who blister and blaze and burn, two shall die and one shall learn if she bows to a fate that is stronger and higher, she’ll have the power of wings of fire.  Five eggs to hatch on brightest night, five dragons born to end the fight. Darkness will rise to bring the light.  The dragonets are coming…”