The Sprite and the Gardener Review

Creators: Rii Abrego & Joe Whitt Publisher: Oni Press “And things are still just fine. More or less.” This is how Abrego & Whitt set up The Sprite and the Gardener. This book has been described as “gentle fantasy” which means a fantasy story that doesn’t involve fighting or violence of any kind. If you’veContinue reading “The Sprite and the Gardener Review”

Teaching: Previewing with the Lens of Genre

Previewing is a habit that helps readers set themselves up to read. Previewing allows us to come to the text with predictions of how we think the story might go or what we might learn. As we read on, we confirm or revise our predictions. Graphic novels are frequently grouped all together even though thereContinue reading “Teaching: Previewing with the Lens of Genre”

Teaching: Harmonizing Visual Storytelling & Art

While visiting one of my partner schools, I worked with teachers on helping writers to be more purposeful with the text they include in their graphic novels. The ideas I share in the video could be helpful for writers to think about in the planning stages (thumbnails & script) or this could be purposeful revisionContinue reading “Teaching: Harmonizing Visual Storytelling & Art”

Class Act Review

Creator: Jerry Craft Publisher: Quill Tree Books & Harper Alley I’m going to be honest. I held off reading Class Act. I didn’t hold off because I wasn’t interested or I didn’t think it would be good. I held off, because I knew that with the success of New Kid tons of people were goingContinue reading “Class Act Review”

Mentors for Graphic Novel Writing: Arc Dogs & Broken Summer

After reading Maker Comics: Make a Comic! I checked out JP Coovert’s website to see what else he had to offer and I’m SO glad I did! I think that both Arc Dogs and Broken Summer could be incredible mentor texts for anyone taking on graphic novel writing with their students right now or evenContinue reading “Mentors for Graphic Novel Writing: Arc Dogs & Broken Summer”

Maker Comics: Draw a Comic! Review

Creator: JP Coovert Publisher: First Second Comics When Andrea Bell mentioned that her next project was an installment of the Maker Comics, I realized I had never read anything from the Makers Comics series. This was something I needed to rectify immediately. I scanned over the topics included in the Makers Comics series; Fix aContinue reading “Maker Comics: Draw a Comic! Review”

Flamer Review

Creator: Mike Curato Publisher: Henry Holt and Company “THIS BOOK WILL SAVE LIVES” reads the quote from Jarrett J. Krosoczka on the cover of Flamer and I couldn’t agree more. Growing up, I felt the same feelings that the protagonist, Aiden, feels in this book; the feeling of isolation, of being an outsider, or beingContinue reading “Flamer Review”

Creator Conversations: Andrea Bell

A fun and insightful chat with illustrator and comic book artist Andrea Bell about her work and her process. To learn more about Andrea, check out her website, andreabelldraws.com. Viewing Guide The viewing guide below includes timestamps that will help you navigate the video. I’ve included my interview questions and links to texts Andrea refersContinue reading “Creator Conversations: Andrea Bell”

The Leak Review

Creators: Kate Reed Petty & Andrea Bell Publisher: First Second “For the Love of Truth” is the subtitle of Kate Reed Petty & Andrea Bell’s The Leak and the story contained within successfully represents this motto. I picked up The Leak based on my love of Andrea Bell’s artwork from her prior works Diary ofContinue reading “The Leak Review”