• First Second Pubwatch: March 2020

    First Second Pubwatch: March 20200

    Welcome to the new Pubwatch series for First Second Books! Stories about the magic of friendship and social issues that affect young people dominate my reviews of the graphic novels this month from the publisher First Second. This will regularly be the new place to learn about what’s happening with this innovative publisher for comics

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  • Kitten Construction Company is a Sure Hit for Reluctant Readers

    Kitten Construction Company is a Sure Hit for Reluctant Readers0

    Kitten Construction Company: A Bridge Too Fur John Patrick Green First Second October 1, 2019 Welcome back to another edition of Melissa and Alenka Review a Comic about Cats! In past installations we talked about cats and identity in Finding Molly from Emet Comics and the delightful strangeness of Benji Nate’s Catboy. This time we leaned

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  • Shannon Hale’s Best Friends is an Unintentionally Helpful Guidebook for Parents of Preteens

    Shannon Hale’s Best Friends is an Unintentionally Helpful Guidebook for Parents of Preteens0

    Best Friends Shannon Hale (writer), LeUyen Pham (illustrator), Hilary Sycamore (colourist) First Second August 27, 2019 Shannon Hale’s Best Friends is a graphic memoir of her elementary school experiences. The sequel to 2017’s Real Friends, it covers everything from body image issues to crushes, and all the emotional turmoil in between that is the life of

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  • Learn to Be a Supportive Friend with The Breakaways!

    Learn to Be a Supportive Friend with The Breakaways!0

    The Breakaways Cathy G. Johnson (Writer and artist) and Kevin Czap (Colorist) First Second March 2019 Faith just started middle school, and on her very first day, she joined the soccer team—but not because she’s a confident go-getter. She maybe did it because Amanda, the pretty upperclassman who handed her the clipboard, is really cool

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  • On a Sunbeam is Beautiful, Kind, and Not About Men

    On a Sunbeam is Beautiful, Kind, and Not About Men0

    On a Sunbeam Tillie Walden First Second (US), Avery Hill (UK) October 2, 2018 In Tillie Walden’s On a Sunbeam, kids go to school in giant floating buildings. The world is awash in rusty reds, sunny yellows, and dusky blues, and construction workers fly from world to world in spaceships that look like fish. People

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  • Young Love is Perfectly Baked in Bloom

    Young Love is Perfectly Baked in Bloom0

    Bloom Savanna Ganucheau (artist), Kevin Panetta (writer) First Second Books January 29, 2019 Bloom is the story of Ari Kyrkos, a Greek teenager who feels suffocated by the expectation he’ll continue working in his family’s struggling bakery. Unable to afford to go to music school, he wants to move to the city with his friends

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