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Reviews

If I Were a Fungus

  • Author: Gaia Stella
  • Illustrator: Gaia Stella
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press (Lerner Publishing Group)
  • Year: 2023
  • Reviewer: School Library Journal

Cartoon-style colorful illustrations give basic information on fungi for younger science students.

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Little Sisters

  • Author: Tomo Miura
  • Illustrator: Tomo Miura
  • Publisher: Arctis Books
  • Year: 2024
  • Reviewer: Kirkus Starred Review

Start with imagination, add a sprinkle of mischief, and stir for pure joy!

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Through Clouds of Smoke: Freud's Final Days

  • Author: Suzanne Leclair
  • Illustrator: William Roy
  • Publisher: Lifedrawn (Humanoids)
  • Year: 2023
  • Reviewer: Publishers Weekly

This sophisticated work lays out a complex case study, worthy of the kind of close analysis that so enthralled its subject.

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Ellie in First Position

  • Author: Brian Freschi
  • Illustrator: Elena Triolo
  • Publisher: Marble Press
  • Year: 2023
  • Reviewer: Kirkus

A relatable tale that will ring true with both creative and athletic readers.

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Ellie in First Position

  • Author: Brian Freschi
  • Illustrator: Elena Triolo
  • Publisher: Marble Press
  • Year: 2023
  • Reviewer: Publishers Weekly

...the illustrations’ exuberant energy and vivid hues, combined with the laugh-out-loud physical comedy from Ellie’s numerous athletic missteps and her dogged determination to be true to herself, results in an impassioned graphic novel .

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Dagfrid, Viking Girl: Secret Viking Wishes

  • Author: Agnes Mathieu-Daude
  • Illustrator: Olivier Tallec
  • Publisher: Arctis Books
  • Year: 2023
  • Reviewer: Kirkus

Wily, undercutting narration translates drudgery into problem-solving.

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Dagfrid, Viking Girl: No More Ear Buns!

  • Author: Agnes Mathieu-Daude
  • Illustrator: Olivier Tallec
  • Publisher: Arctis Books
  • Year: 2023
  • Reviewer: Kirkus

A witty, engaging heroine sparkles in this series opener.

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Dagfrid, Viking Girl: Secret Viking Wishes

  • Author: Agnes Mathieu-Daude
  • Illustrator: Olivier Tallec
  • Publisher: Arctis Books
  • Year: 2023
  • Reviewer: Publishers Weekly

In this fast-moving parody of Viking life, written in brief chapters by French author Mathieu-Daudé, young Dagfrid rebels against a Viking girl’s traditional role.

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A House Without Windows

  • Author: Marc Ellison
  • Illustrator: Didier Kassaï
  • Publisher: Humanoids
  • Year: 2021
  • Reviewer: New York Times

...it is a poignant, gripping read, making vividly present one of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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A House Without Windows

  • Author: Marc Ellison
  • Illustrator: Didier Kassaï
  • Publisher: Humanoids
  • Year: 2021
  • Reviewer: Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Ellison and Kassai don’t look away from the brutality or beauty found in Central African life in this remarkable collaboration.

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A House Without Windows

  • Author: Marc Ellison
  • Illustrator: Didier Kassaï
  • Publisher: Humanoids
  • Year: 2021
  • Reviewer: GoodMenProject

A masterpiece of graphic novel journalism.

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For Justice: The Serge and Beate Klarsfed Story

  • Author: Pascal Bresson
  • Illustrator: Sylvain Dorange
  • Adaptation by: Mark Waid
  • Publisher: Life Drawn
  • Year: 2021
  • Reviewer: Publishers Weekly

Part love story, part thriller, Bresson and Dorange’s moving account of Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld makes a strong case for holding leaders and high-ranking bad actors accountable regardless of how much time has passed since their crimes.

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Little Josephine

  • Author: Valérie Villieu
  • Illustrator: Raphaël Sarfati
  • Publisher: Life Drawn
  • Year: 2021
  • Reviewer: Publishers Weekly

...her message is unmistakable and soulful.

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Luisa: Now and Then

  • Author: Carole Maurel
  • Illustrator: Carole Maurel
  • Adaptation by: Mariko Tamaki
  • Publisher: Life Drawn
  • Year: 2018
  • Reviewer: Publishers Weekly Starred Review

In stand-out art, Maurel renders attractive characters with open, emotive faces and detailed Paris streets drenched in sunset-toned watercolors. There couldn’t be a lovelier setting for this winning story of romantic self-discovery..

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Luisa: Now and Then

  • Author: Carole Maurel
  • Illustrator: Carole Maurel
  • Adaptation by: Mariko Tamaki
  • Publisher: Life Drawn
  • Year: 2018
  • Reviewer: School Library Journal

This touching tale of growing up will resonate with most teens, especially those interested in titles exploring identity.

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Luisa: Now and Then

  • Author: Carole Maurel
  • Illustrator: Carole Maurel
  • Adaptation by: Mariko Tamaki
  • Publisher: Life Drawn
  • Year: 2018
  • Reviewer: Library Journal

A funny, touching, and beautifully illustrated and colored story about self-acceptance with equal appeal to adult and YA audiences.

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Luisa: Now and Then

  • Author: Carole Maurel
  • Illustrator: Carole Maurel
  • Adaptation by: Mariko Tamaki
  • Publisher: Life Drawn
  • Year: 2018
  • Reviewer: Comics Beat

...a work of tender soul searching and honest dialogue that does well in addressing its central concerns as well as more general concepts of growth and change.

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Luisa: Now and Then

  • Author: Carole Maurel
  • Illustrator: Carole Maurel
  • Adaptation by: Mariko Tamaki
  • Publisher: Life Drawn
  • Year: 2018
  • Reviewer: THE NERDIST

It’s a beautifully rendered story that encapsulates the loneliness and existential nature of growing up while still being a hopeful and enjoyable read.

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Luisa: Now and Then

  • Author: Carole Maurel
  • Illustrator: Carole Maurel
  • Adaptation by: Mariko Tamaki
  • Publisher: Life Drawn
  • Year: 2018
  • Reviewer: AV Club

...a poignant time travel story with a queer romance angle, and the intensity of teenage Luisa’s feelings reveal aspects of the adult Luisa’s personality that have been buried for years.

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Luisa: Now and Then

  • Author: Carole Maurel
  • Illustrator: Carole Maurel
  • Adaptation by: Mariko Tamaki
  • Publisher: Life Drawn
  • Year: 2018
  • Reviewer: Graphic Policy

...an excellent book which tackles identity, sexuality, family pressures, and love in all its splendor. The story by Maurel is funny, relevant, poignant, and fascinating. The art by Maurel, is sumptuous, naturalistic, and elegant.

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Luisa: Now and Then

  • Author: Carole Maurel
  • Illustrator: Carole Maurel
  • Adaptation by: Mariko Tamaki
  • Publisher: Life Drawn
  • Year: 2018
  • Reviewer: Book Riot

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Luisa: Now and Then

  • Author: Carole Maurel
  • Illustrator: Carole Maurel
  • Adaptation by: Mariko Tamaki
  • Publisher: Life Drawn
  • Year: 2018
  • Reviewer: Comic Bastards

...a powerful story that anyone who may be questioning their ability to accept themselves should read... highly recommend

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Superman isn't Jewish (but I am...kinda)

  • Author: Jimmy Bemon
  • Illustrator: Emilie Boudet
  • Publisher: Life Drawn
  • Year: 2017
  • Reviewer: Publishers Weekly

Pop culture and ancient religious icons get mashed up to humorous and heartwarming effect in this charming graphic memoir of a boy trying to reconcile the identity he was born with and the identity he’s built for himself.

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Superman isn't Jewish (but I am...kinda)

  • Author: Jimmy Bemon
  • Illustrator: Emilie Boudet
  • Publisher: Life Drawn
  • Year: 2017
  • Reviewer: Graphic Policy

...an impressive graphic memoir that explores self, religion, and pop culture.

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Superman isn't Jewish (but I am...kinda)

  • Author: Jimmy Bemon
  • Illustrator: Emilie Boudet
  • Publisher: Life Drawn
  • Year: 2017
  • Reviewer: Jewish Book Council

This serious but charming account is about a boy named Benjamin whose infatuation with living a Jewish life sours as he grows older

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California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas

  • Author: Pénélope Bagieu
  • Illustrator: Pénélope Bagieu
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Year: 2017
  • Reviewer: New York Times

Bagieu is a deft and generous storyteller.

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California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas

  • Author: Pénélope Bagieu
  • Illustrator: Pénélope Bagieu
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Year: 2017
  • Reviewer: Washington Post

If a graphic novel can be thought of like a three-minute pop song, then French author Penelope Bagieu wisely holds a beautiful epiphany well past the two-minute mark.

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California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas

  • Author: Pénélope Bagieu
  • Illustrator: Pénélope Bagieu
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Year: 2017
  • Reviewer: Paris Review

Her Cass is unapologetic; the book is bursting with her talent, ambition, and drive—and her unrequited loves, which help propel the plot.

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California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas

  • Author: Pénélope Bagieu
  • Illustrator: Pénélope Bagieu
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Year: 2017
  • Reviewer: Jewish Book Council

With this book, Bagieu deftly crafts an impeccable operetta of folk music and unbridled dreams..

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California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas

  • Author: Pénélope Bagieu
  • Illustrator: Pénélope Bagieu
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Year: 2017
  • Reviewer: School Library Journal Starred Review

...this superb addition is sure to be a future graphic novel classic.

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