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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (May 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440229945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440229947
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #763,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Scott Robins is a librarian at the Toronto Public Library and an advocate for children's graphic novels. He is a contributing blogger for Good Comics for Kids via School Library, and is the children's programming director for the annual Toronto Comic Arts Festival. He has also served on the graphic novel selection committee for the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens in 2010 and 2011 and was a jury member of the 2011 Joe Shuster Awards in the "Comics for Kids" category.

Snow Wildsmith has served on committees for the American Library Association and Young Adult Library Services Association. She reviews graphic novels for Booklist,, Good Comics for Kids and Robin Brenner's No Flying No Tights. She also writes booktalks and creates recommended reading lists for Ebsco's NoveList database. McFarland will publish her first books for teens, a nonfiction series on joining the military, in 2012.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa00fee70) out of 5 stars 35 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa011b93c) out of 5 stars This helps a lot May 21 2012
By Scott - Published on
Format: Paperback
Glad I stumbled across this book. My kids show an interest in comic books, but it's usually whatever comes with their Happy Meals --pretty random. This is a nice guide to books that I'm sure they'll love and, unlike Happy Meals, are good for them.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa011b990) out of 5 stars An indispensable guide May 21 2012
By Brent Frankenhoff - Published on
Format: Paperback
As one of the editors of this book, I'm predisposed to like it, but I'm also the editor of Comics Buyer's Guide, a monthly magazine covering the comics and graphic novel field and have seen other attempts at such lists. None of them compare to what we've produced here, focusing on the essential graphic novels (and, more importantly, books that are in print) and offering leads to nearly 800 more such graphic novels if your children enjoy the 100 titles reviewed. On Free Comic Book Day, my fellow editor, Maggie Thompson, was able to help a parent in a comics shop who asked if there were additional books in one of the series spotlighted. While there weren't more volumes in that series available, Scott and Snow's recommendation of another series was invaluable to the father, who not only ordered that series from his retailer, but also a copy of the book. A copy should be on every parent's bookshelf.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa011bdc8) out of 5 stars Just What I Needed May 21 2012
By Darockb - Published on
Format: Paperback
My child has been recently diagnosed with ADD. The clinical psychologist strongly recommended she read comics to help her focus and improve her visual memory. Discovering this book has been a godsend to us. We've immediately seized on the authors' recommendations and, judging by the enthusiasm our child is showing for reading them, they've been excellent ones! This book is a treasure trove of great comics for kids. It's helping our child get excited about reading again, and at the same time helping her overcome her learning challenges. Thank you so much to the authors for putting together this helpful compilation of the best comics for kids (of all ages!).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa011c1b0) out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING REFERENCE SOURCE. July 7 2012
By Sharon Verbeten - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a children's librarian, one who often gets asked about graphic novels and comic books, I find this resource invaluable. In addition to the high-quality production value (four color, good quality paper, illustrations/covers for almost all titles mentioned), this book offers great information, such as giving a head's up to any themes/language some might find offensive or questionable and a list of educational themes. The book is an ideal size with just the right bibliographic information needed for librarians and educators. It's a breath of fresh air (and a smart move) to have this book authored by children's literature/library professionals, well respected in their field. Fills a definite gap in resources, and, on a personal note, is one of the nicest topical and quality books I've seen come out of Krause Publications (FW Media) in a long time.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa011c294) out of 5 stars A Wonderful Guide to Comics May 10 2012
By An Indy Fan - Published on
Format: Paperback
Kids love to read comics. Which is why parents will love to read this book. It really is the perfect guide to buying comics, or graphic novels, for your young reader. The comic book world is filled with the unknown, and sometimes the unwanted. This is the first book I've found that provides a beautifully illustrated and easy-to-use format to help parents navigate through the trove of titles out there. Authors Scott Robins and Snow Wildsmith select a core collection of 100 age and reading appropriate graphic novels, along with hundreds of other suggested readings. The book is not only helpful but lovely. Each review features an excerpt from the graphic novel, making the book a lot of fun to read. I love that the authors have library backgrounds and that Jeff Smith, the creator of the much celebrated "Bone" series, is involved in the project. As he and his wife, Vijaya Iyer, write in the Foreword to the book, "Comics are such a good way to read that even relectant readers like them." Truth is, I'm a big kid at heart and I enjoy reading them too.