Sunday, November 25, 2012
The thing I love most about Raina Telgemeier's graphic novels isn't the lively artwork or the compelling stories. It's not the characters that I come to care about almost immediately. And it's not the way they make me laugh out loud as I read them. I do love all these things, but what I love the very most is their immense appeal to kids. I've never seen anything like it!
When I brought home Smile from the library, first one daughter whisked it off and read it, and before I could get my hands on it, my other daughter grabbed it and carried it off. I nearly lost it to one of their friends, who came over to the house when I was in the middle of reading it, and when I finished, it was loaned out to several other girls before I was able to take it back to the library.
The same thing happened with this one! They both read it (and loved it) before I could even take a look at it. I loved hearing them laugh as they read it, particularly my 13-year-old, who was immensely tickled by the humor and giggled the whole way through, sometimes stopping and covering her face with her hands. It has been loaned out to at least seven other girls who begged to borrow it when they saw one of my daughters reading it at school. As a librarian (and a parent), I adore an author who can get kids that excited about a book.
Drama by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix, 2012)