I have found something new to be exited about, graphic novels will officially be making their way into my reading routine. I can’t believe I have lived this long without knowledge of these hidden gems of literature. At first, I picked up Shaun Tan’s The Arrival as my first graphic novel for Adolescent Literature… That book has no words in it. I was intimidated to say the least.
So, Dr. Ellington decided to lend me Primates by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks. This one had words. It was actually a nonfiction graphic novel about the lives of the renowned scientists Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. This one got me to thinking about the use of graphic novels in the classroom as a learning tool. I learned that Beowulf is available in graphic form and I definitely remember trudging through that epic in high school. So, why not make it a more enjoyable experience with the help of vivid illustrations?
Another one I picked up was Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge. This would be a perfect graphic novel to show teenage girls that these are not comic books for boys. Paige is a teenage girl who has just moved to the city. At first she’s upset, but then she uses the experience to invent a new and improved version of herself. Like any teenage girl she struggles with school, her parents, friends, and boys. It’s a very relatable story and has awesome illustrations that mirror how Paige is feeling and how you feel as the reader.