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Dragon Puncher by James Kochalka - Ages 4-8
While out hunting a dragon one day, Dragon Puncher meets someone else first: Spoony-E, an odd little creature who hopes to become the Robin to Dragon Puncher’s Batman. But when the duo and the dragon cross paths, does Spoony-E distract Dragon Puncher, or will he help save the day? Witty banter and a combination of colorful illustrations and photographs make this book an enjoyable read for anyone. Make sure to check out the sequel, Dragon Puncher Island!
Baby’s in Black by Arne Bellstorf Ages 13 and up
This book tells the story of the beginning of a band called…The Beatles. Oh, so you’ve heard of them? Good. But have you read their story through the eyes of Astrid Kirchherr, the girlfriend/fiancée of Stuart Sutcliffe, the fifth Beatle? No? You’re in luck. This recently released graphic novel is full of lovely black and white illustrations that depict the people and setting wonderfully. Even for those who aren’t a fan of the band, the story of Astrid and Stuart is still a great one to introduce yourself to.
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke Ages 7-12
Combine a mysterious red button, a giant mouse named Pizzicato, an assortment of odd alien monsters, and a young brave girl named Zita, and you’ve got just the beginning of a fantastic and action-packed story. After her friend Joseph is abducted by evil aliens, Zita navigates her way around an unfamiliar land and strange creatures with spunk, determination, and an awesome new green cape. You’ll be cheering for Zita and her new friends throughout the tale, which also involves a prophecy, an asteroid, and a robot named HAMBO (or as he prefers, One). Her next book of adventures, Legends of Zita the Spacegirl, comes out this September.
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The World on One Cartoon a Day by Mo Willems Ages 16 and up
Before his success as a children’s book author and illustrator, Mo Willems (creator of the Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny books, among many others)backpacked around the world for one year, immediately following his college graduation. Carrying with him minimal clothing and a notebook, pen, and ink, Willems drew a cartoon daily, depicting a single moment from his travels that struck him as funny, beautiful, or even just absurd. Whether you’re already a seasoned traveler or you’re longing to begin, this book will convince you that yes, it is time to take that trip you’ve been planning for too long!