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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Friday, December 31, 2010

My 1st Graphic Novels: The Lost Lunch & Bus Ride Bully

My 1st Graphic Novel series by Various Authors.

Age: 5+

Publisher: Stone Arch Books

Reason for Reading: Received review copies from the publisher. My son read aloud as his reader for school.

The Lost Lunch by Lori Mortensen. Illustrated by Remy Simard. 25 pgs. Aug. 1, 2010 - The first couple of pages show how to read a graphic novel showing the direct panels are read and then showing the direction text and balloons should by read. Andrew and Dylan are playing before school but when lunch time comes around Andrew realizes he left his lunch in the playground. With permission from the teacher they go to look for his lost lunch but it is not where they had supposed it would be. When they have run out of places to look and Andrew's tummy can take it no longer they have a brilliant idea. An interesting, fun story with great artwork to help tell the story at this low reading level, RL 1.8. Geared to younger children, but not babyish. My reading challenged 10yo found the story interesting and felt confident to have read the book in one sitting. 4/5

Bus Ride Bully by Cari Meister. Illustrated by Remy Simard. 25 pgs. Aug. 1, 2010 -The first couple of pages show how to read a graphic novel showing the direct panels are read and then showing the direction text and balloons should by read. Gavin does not like the bus. Not the way it looks or the way it smells but most of all he does not like Max. He is terrified everyday going on the bus because Max always comes and sits in his seat, eats his snack, laughs at him and trips him. But one day Max is not there, nor the next. At first Max can't believe the difference but then he starts to worry what's happened to Max? Does Gavin actually miss Max? A fun story and an interesting look at one possibility for a bully's actions. Loving Simard's illustrations for these books. A great read considering the low reading level, RL 1.4. This is certainly of a much higher interest level, probably up to about 9 years old. The story is not simple or babyish in anyway. A great book for first time graphic readers and reluctant readers. 4/5

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