POPULAR FORMAT: Published academic research (Tilley: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaing, 2014) shows that 95% of elementary school children read comics. According to an NDP Book (Nielsen BookScan) report at ABA, the market for children’s comics and graphic novels grew 24% in 2016, and a recent PW article (4/13/18) focused on the “middle-grade graphic novel boom.” It is expected that Barnes & Noble will be adding a stand-alone section for kids’ middle-school graphic novels in stores soon.
CHARACTERS OF COLOR: The main character is Vietnamese American and her immediate family—a grandfather who is grappling with memory loss and a single mother who runs her own business—creates a backstory that includes cultural and intergenerational themes.
HIGH-INTEREST TOPIC, APPEALING ART: Surfing, sea monsters, mermaids, underwater kingdoms, talking animals—kids will love it all! And the spectacular art fully supports this action-packed fantasy in graphic novel form.
GOOD FOR RELUCTANT READERS: Graphic novels appeal to reluctant readers and have been found to help support literacy learning.
RECOGNIZED CREATORS: Janet K. Lee (artist) and Amy Chu (author) are known figures in the comics/graphic novel world, familiar names on convention schedules, and highly promotable.
Praise for Janet K. Lee’s Return of the Dapper Men (Eisner Award winner):
“Janet Lee’s art work is stunning…the pages defy description.”—Comic Book Resources
“Awe-inspiring illustrations, which practically seem to jump off the page.”—Graphic Novel Reporter
“Return of the Dapper Men is a fairytale for a new generation. I want to give this book to everyone I know with children.”—Newsarama
Praise for Amy Chu’s Red Sonja (Marvel Comics):
“Chu has crafted a saga for the ages.”—SciFiPulse
“Its subtlety in characterization is backed up by a narrative framework that delivers…Brava!”—Comicosity
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