Snow White a Graphic Novel is the classic Snow White story set after World War I. During the war while many men were serving in the military, many women did things they had not done before, like working outside the home in factories and businesses. During this time more women went to college and they won the right to vote. It is a really interesting time to set a story like Snow White, a story about a girl who seems to rely entirely on other people to rescue her or take care of her.
In this telling, Snow is strong and resilient and brave. She relies on her friends. Seven friends. I bet if you try to guess who they are, you’ll be wrong! This time around, Snow is rescued, but she does her own rescuing too! A great ending to a book that changes up the Snow White story to highlight how you get by with a little help from your friends!
If you like comics and graphic novels, keep an eye out each year in May for Free Comic Book Day. On that day IndyPL and Downtown Comics give away comic books at all indyPL branch locations on a first come, first serve basis, until supplies run out.
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If you like reading Greg Heffley’s diary, you might like some of these books that are also about kids trying to make their way in Middle School. Some of these kids are also irreverent (that means disrespectful!) and lazy…just like Greg! Some of them write in a diary and some don’t, but ALL of them are funny. I highly recommend Big Nate, Timothy Failure, Origami Yoda, Amelia Rules & Dear Dumb Diary!
Galactic Hot Dogs Cosmo’s Wiener Getaway by Max Braillier
When Michael G (yes, “G” is his whole last name, and that’s why everyone calls him G-Man) has to keep a journal in Mrs. Rosario’s class at school, naturally he writes about his ambition to have superpowers and join the superheroes of his city (like Captain Thunderman) in the fight for justice. After all, his friend Billy Demon just got an awesome winged flying suit and superpowers of his own, and now he’s the most popular kid in school! Mikey would just love to have superpowers too, but how will he get them? And if he does get them, what will he do with them?
The G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins by Chris Giarrusso
Meet Cosmoe, the Earth-Boy. He’s captain of the Neon Weiner, the finest flying food truck in the galaxy. Along with his bud, Big Humphree, he spends his days cruising the cosmos and staying crazy busy.
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
Resolving to earn so much money that his mother will no longer stress out over the bills, eleven-year-old Timmy Failure launches a detective business with a lazy polar bear partner named Total but finds their enterprise “Total Failure, Inc.” challenged by a college-bound spy and a four-foot-tall girl whom Timmy refuses to acknowledge.
The 13-Story Treehouse by Terry Denton
Andy and Terry live in a treehouse. But it’s not just any old treehouse, it’s the most amazing treehouse in the world! This treehouse has thirteen stories, a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a secret underground laboratory, and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you are hungry.
Doodlebug by Karen Young
Moving is tough. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen “Dodo” Bussey’s family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her. Her mother gives Dodo a blank notebook, which she uses to chronicle the move and the first days in a new city.
#2: Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School)
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.
The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Four fifth-grade students–a geek, a class clown, a teacher’s pet, and a slacker–as well as their teacher and mothers, each relate events surrounding a computer programmed to complete homework assignments.
Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm
Told entirely through notes, grocery receipts, report cards, bottle caps, and a vast array of other items, this hilarious story follows Ginny, who is having the worst school year ever, as she accidentally dyes her hair pink, throws live frogs in class, and loses the lead role in ballet to her ex-best friend.
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.
Lupe (master mechanic), El Chavo (power washer – with eight arms it’s easy!), and Elirio (master painter and detailer) reign supreme in their own service garage. They work their magic on run down trucks, sedans & vans, making the ordinary…extraordinary! When their pet cat Genie comes up missing from the garage they load into their hydraulically tricked out, jet-powered car to find her. When they say they’ll go to the ends of the earth to find her…they mean it! ¡Vámonos!
Their quest to locate Genie takes them to an elaborate corn maze and the Underworld of Mictlantecuhtli deep in the center of the earth. Like Hades in Greek Mythology, Mictlantecuhtli is God of the Dead and King of the Underworld in Aztec Mythology. (The Aztecs were people who lived in central Mexico in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries.)
As you might guess, Mictlantecuhtli is not nice! Or honest! If the friends are going to get their cat back they’re going to have to be extra brave as well as extra smart. It takes some moxie to outsmart the Lord of the Underworld!
Most of the book is written in English but some words and phrases are in Spanish. You can see what the Spanish words mean at the bottom of each page. These words and phrases…are probably not what you learn first in Spanish class…but might be what you learn first from a Spanish speaking friend. ¡Qué chido!
Here are some examples:
¡Ándale! – Come on!
¡Así mero! – Just like that
Chamacos – Pip-squeaks
¡Vámonos! – Let’s go!
Tatuajes – Tattoos
Vatos – Dudes
Don’t miss the Lowriders first adventure, The Lowriders in Space!
In this latest misadventure, Nate, the all-time record-holder for detentions, is in trouble up to his eyeballs again. His mouth…well, sometimes he just can’t help himself.
Rather than take Nate’s advice for making the headlines of the school newspaper less boring – “Lunch Stinks! Students’ Lives at Risk” – Kayla suggests he use his cartooning talents for a gossip column. Nate jumps at the chance, providing cartoons that tease both students and staff members alike. When the new issue comes out EVERYBODY is laughing…except the Principal, who thinks Nate crosses the line and Randy, who does not appreciate the public exposure and retaliates with an ominous “you’re dead” directed at Nate in the hallway.
Uh-oh. This is war! Can Nate once again save himself…from himself? Lincoln Peirce
Jamie is still sure that she’s got life figured out – but if she does, how does she get herself mixed up in such crazy situations? This time it’s her birthday and she’s determined that there will NOT be a repeat of last year when her parents gave her a pogo stick instead of the cute puppy she wanted. That pogo stick DID turn into a puppy…that she describes as a “lumpy, toadish bucket of unpleasantness we know as Stink.” Long story. (In fact, it’s one of Jamie’s other adventures – see list below!) Anyway, Jamie has an all-time favorite band and doesn’t like people copying this like…so she pretends to like a different band to throw them off…which turns into a big Jamie-style mess at her birthday party. More fun from that crazy Jamie and her dumb diary. Author: Jim Benton