Unicorn on a Roll – Dana Simpson

23492248Unicorn on a Roll by Dana Simpson

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Magic, Slice of Life, Friendship, Holidays


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One year has passed since Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond, accidentally hit a unicorn in the face, and was granted a single wish—which she used to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. In some ways, not much has changed. At school Phoebe still clashes with her rival–and sometimes “frenemy”–the ever-taunting and imperious Dakota. Outside of school, she still fills her free time with extra-credit homework assignments, dramatic monologues about the injustices associated with school cliques, and imaginative conspiracy theories regarding global forces like the “powerful construction paper lobby.” But unlike before, Phoebe now has a best friend to share it with—someone to make her laugh and to listen to all her extravagant ideas. Continue reading

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Big Mushy Happy Lump – Sarah Andersen

30754980Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Fast then slow
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Slice of Life


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In addition to the most recent Sarah’s Scribbles fan favorites and dozens of all-new comics, this volume contains illustrated personal essays on Sarah’s real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges that will remind readers of Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half and Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. The same uniquely frank, real, yet humorous and uplifting tone that makes Sarah’s Scribbles so relatable blooms beautifully in this new longer form.

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Adulthood Is a Myth – Sarah Andersen

25855506Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Quick and Short
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Slice of Life


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Are you a special snowflake?

Do you enjoy networking to advance your career?

Is adulthood an exciting new challenge for which you feel fully prepared?

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn – Dana Simpson

22710140Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2014
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Magic, Slice of Life, School, Friendship


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This beautifully drawn strip follows the unlikely friendship between a somewhat awkward girl and the unicorn who gradually shows her just how special she really is. Through hilarious adventures where Phoebe gets to bask in Marigold’s “awesomeness,” the friends also come to acknowledge that they had been lonely before they met and truly appreciate the bond they now share. Continue reading

Beauty – Hubert & Kerascoët

21470677Beauty by Kerascoët

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 1st, 2014
Publisher: NBM Publishing
Recommended Age: 16+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Fairytales, Beauty, Dark


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When the repulsively ugly Coddie unintentionally saves a fairy from a spell, she does not understand the poisonous nature of the wish granted her by the fairy. The village folk no longer see her as repulsive and stinking of fish—they now perceive her as magnetically beautiful—which does not help her in her village. A young local lord saves her, but it soon becomes apparent that Coddie’s destiny may be far greater than anyone ever imagined. Caustic and flamboyant, this fairy tale offers grownups an engrossing take on the nature of beauty. Continue reading

Miss Don’t Touch Me – Hubert

21470683Miss Don’t Touch Me by Hubert

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 1st, 2014
Publisher: NBM Publishing
Recommended Age: 16+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Revenge, Crime, Mystery, Sex


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Combining both volumes of the bestselling series, these two tales take place in 1930s Paris. In the first story, the “Butcher of the Dances” is on the prowl for young, loose women, and local dominatrix Agatha suddenly turns up dead. Everyone assumes it was suicide, but her sister Blanche is convinced that the Butcher is responsible. She decides to take matters into her own hands, and in her pursuit, she ends up hired into a luxury house of call-girls. She soon becomes adept at certain practices, but she does not lose sight of her ultimate goal—to find her sister’s killer. In the second volume, Blanche works to sort out her dissolute mother’s life while falling in love with a secretly gay client. Suspenseful and spicy, these narratives feature visual details both beautiful and hideous, with descriptions and dialogue that are deceptive in their realism. Continue reading

Anne of Green Gables – A Graphic Novel

34227894Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 24th, 2017
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Classic, Family, Friendship, Coming of Age


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The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm. Continue reading