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April 2006

Graphic Novels · Fiction & Nonfiction in the Children’s Collection

the cover of Gotta Have It!

Gotta Have It!
Jodi Carse
In this third volume of the Stinky Boys Club series, MJ and her girlfriends get the latest Mighty Action figures, the coolest electronic figures in the history of the world. Her twin, Sam, and the other Stinky Boys get their own set and declare war.

Queen Bee
Chynna Clugston-Major
Haley is determined to join the elite girls in her new middle school—so she’s going to have to control her psychokinetic powers. Unfortunately, another new seventh-grader, Alexa, also has her eye on the queen bee crown, and she has the power, too.

the cover of The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Graphic Novel
Wallace and Gromit protect West Wallaby’s produce from an enormous bunny that threatens to ruin the town’s annual Giant Vegetable Competition. The graphic novel version of the Oscar-winning 2005 movie uses actual images from the film.

Babymouse: Our Hero
Jennifer L. Holm
This acclaimed new series features an imaginative, wisecracking young mouse named Babymouse, her best friend, Wilson Weasel, and her nemesis, a popular cat named Felicia Furrypaws. The second book finds the unathletic Babymouse terrified to face Felicia in dodgeball, but with the help of Wilson and support from her mother, she not only plays the game, but proves herself a hero.

the cover of Identity Theft

The Identity Theft
Scott Lobdell
Frank and Joe, the Hardy Boys, take to the skies to bring down a team of diamond-smuggling skydivers, and then encounter a young woman who claims her identity has been stolen—not just her name, but her friends, her family, and her body.

Ursula
Fabio Moon
Brazilian cartoonists (and twin brothers) Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba originally self-published this highly inventive fairy tale about the love of young Prince Miro for a girl named Ursula. Unfortunately, Miro discovers that Ursula is a fairy, and fairies explode when they fall in love.

the cover of Disney Classic Cartoon Tales

Disney Classic Cartoon Tales
Scott Peterson
Comics veteran Peterson has adapted three beloved Disney films—The Lion King, Pinocchio, and Bambi—in a clever new format that interweaves colorful comic strips with sections of prose.

The Old Fashioned Mystery of the Haunted Dollhouse
Stefan Petrucha
The third Nancy Drew graphic novel features tributes to the classic adventures in honor of the girl detective’s 75th anniversary. River Heights is celebrating “Nostalgia Week” by pretending it’s 1930, giving Nancy a chance to drive the beloved roadster again. A more alarming antique is the dollhouse with crime scene displays that begin to come true.

the cover of Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq: Inspired by a True Story

Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!
Joann Sfar
The award-winning Sfar’s richly colored Little Vampire books are an excellent introduction to the inventiveness and diversity of contemporary French comics. In this second tale, Little Vampire takes his human friend Michael home to an alternative world of monsters, because Michael is being bullied. Their first stop is a visit to Rabbi Solomon, who sends the friends off to learn kung fu.

Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq: Inspired by a True Story
Mark Alan Stamaty
Stamaty, whose cartoons and strips have graced The Village Voice, The New York Times Book Review, and Slate, tells the story of Alia Muhammed Baker, an Iraqi librarian who risked her life to save 30,000 books from the Basra Central Library during the 2003 invasion.

Happy Halloween, Li’l Santa
Lewis Trondheim
Nominated for an Eisner Award, this sequel to Li’l Santa is packed with adventure, as our red-suited hero and his Halloween monster friends oppose loggers who want to reduce a forest of Christmas trees to wooden matches. Both Li’l Santa novels are completely wordless.