Pelé: The King of Soccer

soccerPelé: The King of Soccer by Eddy Simon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
First Published: October 24th, 2017
Publisher: First Second Books
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Graphic Biography, Sports, Soccer, Coming of Age


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Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to his schoolmates as Pele, grew up in poverty in the Sao Paulo region of Brazil. He was too poor to afford a real soccer ball, so he played with a ball of newspaper tied together with string. Yet he dominated the youth leagues and signed his first professional soccer contract at the age of fifteen. Within two years he was celebrated internationally, when he led Brazil to victory at the world cup. Known by his fans as -O Rei- (The King), Pele is widely regarded as the greatest soccer player of all time. But he’s more than just an athlete: he also traveled the world as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Pele is the living symbol of a sport he dubbed -the beautiful game—a game that brings people together regardless of race or nationality. Continue reading

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Lobster is the Best Medicine

lobsterLobster is the Best Medicine by Liz Climo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
First Published: October 13th, 2015
Publisher: Running Press
Recommended Age: 6+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Animals, Humour, Fiction, Love, Friendship, Family


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Friends: They are there when we just want to hang out, or need someone to listen. They make us laugh, and lend a shoulder to cry on. Comic artist Liz Climo captures the true spirit of friendship with this quirkily charming collection. Her animal kingdom is a place where sharks, otters, porcupines, and even crustaceans come together to show the best of what friends have to offer. Continue reading

The Little World of Liz Climo

animalThe Little World of Liz Climo by Liz Climo

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
First Published: September 30th, 2014
Publisher: Running Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Animals, Humour, Fiction, Love, Friendship, Family


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Artist Liz Climo has created a charmingly quirky animal kingdom, a place where grizzly bears, porcupines, rabbits, and anteaters all grapple with everyday life with wit and humor. Through her comics, we make unexpected yet wise discoveries: how armadillos make fast-and-easy Halloween costumes, how dinosaurs deal with their inquisitive children, or the ingenious ways that animal friends can work together to ensure their juice is always freshly squeezed. Continue reading

Cast No Shadow – Graphic Novel

cast2Cast No Shadow by Nick Tapalansky & Anissa Espinosa

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
First Published: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: First Second Books
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Paranormal, Ghosts, Teen Romance, Friendship


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Greg has lived in Lancaster his whole life. The town’s always had its quirks, and being born without a shadow means he’s counted among them. When Greg discovers an old mansion in the woods just outside of town, he didn’t expect to meet a smart, beautiful, funny, and…very dead teenaged girl named Eleanor. Continue reading

Cucumber Quest: The Doughtnut Kingdom

cucuCucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom by Gigi D.G.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
First Published: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: First Second Books
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Adventure, Friendship


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The seven kingdoms of Dreamside need a legendary hero. Instead, they’ll have to settle for Cucumber, a nerdy magician who just wants to go to school. As destiny would have it, he and his way more heroic sister, Almond, must now seek the Dream Sword, the only weapon powerful enough to defeat Queen Cordelia’s Nightmare Knight. Continue reading