Level Up: Review Haiku

Heartbreaking story
of sons and fathers,
disappointing each other.

Level Up by Gene Luen Yang. First Second, 2011, 160 pages.


Bad Island: Review Haiku

Swiss Family Robinson
meets Land of the Lost,
with father/son trials too.

Bad Island by Doug TenNapel. Graphix, 2011, 224 pages.


Nursery Rhyme Comics: Review Haiku

Mother Goose goes graphic:
nifty concept, executed

Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists edited by Chris Duffy. First Second, 2001, 128 pages.


Page by Paige: Review Haiku

Julia Cameron
for the high school set.
Follow your muse, shy ones!

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge. Amulet, 2011, 192 pages.


Feynman: Review Haiku

Brilliant book, but I
still don't understand quantum
physics. Is it me?

Feynman by Jim Ottaviani. First Second, 2011, 272 pages.


Zita the Spacegirl: Review Haiku

Reluctant space
traveler Zita kicks butt, takes names,
saves her friend. Rad.

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. First Second, 2011, 192 pages.

2011 Cybils Elementary/MG Graphic novel winner!

(Anybody surprised that First Second cleaned up in this category? Yeah, me neither.)
(Also, just noticed that our winners are Anya and Zita, which is pretty awesome.)


Anya's Ghost: Review Haiku

Suprisingly layered,
this ghostly coming-of-age
packs a wallop.

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol. First Second, 2011, 224 pages.

Cybils 2011 YA Graphic Novel winner!


It's Cybils Day! It's Cybils Day!

Check out the full list of winners at www.cybils.com.


Everybody Sees the Ants: Review Haiku

Tricky treatise on
war, loss, and the sorrows we
all carry with us.

Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King. Little Brown, 2011, 288 pages.


Waiting for the Magic: Review Haiku

Ohhh! Sad-happy-heart-
breaking family story
of love, lost. And dogs.

Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan. Atheneum, 2011, 160 pages.


The Future of Us: Review Haiku

So we beat on, boats
against the current, borne back
ceaselessly into . . .

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. Razorbill, 2011, 356 pages.


Explosive Eighteen: Review Haiku

FINALLY Stephanie
acts like something more than
a two-dollar whore.

Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich. Bantam, 2011, 320 pages.