Two Easy Reader Graphic Novels by Stone Arch Books

Publisher: Stone Arch Books

Acquired: Received review copies from Capstone Publishers.

Reason for Reading: I am a huge fan of Stone Arch books which publishes "worry-free" content easy reader graphic novels and chapter books with graded reading levels. My reading challenged son has used their books improving his reading skills and has enjoyed almost all the books, even when I don't.

New Monster in School (Mighty Mighty Monsters) by Sean O'Reilly. Illustrated by Arcana Studio. Ages: 6+. 48pgs. Aug. 1, 2010 - I love this series of easy readers. This book (RL: 1.5) introduces a new girl to the school, Kitsune. A Japanese mythical fox of folklore. Being new to a school isn't all that fun, but the girls except Kitsune right away, it's the boys who seem to have a problem. She's a fox, she's pink and she won the Mon-Star Prize at her last school. Vlad has always won the prize here. The story is about the animosity the boys have for Kitsune until they actually get to know her and the teacher comes up with a great way to show them that winning isn't always the most important thing. Very funny and cute. Love this series! 4/5

The Incredible Rockhead vs. Papercut! (The Incredible Rockhead) by Scott Nickel. Illustrated by C.S. Jennings. 40 pgs. Ages: 8+. Aug. 1, 2010. The first book in this series I really did not like at all but with the this, the third in the series, I'm more open to it's appeal for children. I still think Rockhead is a dumb superhero. He smashes things with his head, which turns into a rock, but his head is so heavy he can't move on his own and he needs a push to get started. In this story the villain Papercut is out to get Rockhead and as we all know paper covers rock (in the old game) and Rockhead may just have met his match until a new superhero comes along to help him out. And now it looks like, as in typical superhero tradition, Rockhead will now have a sidekick. Honestly, I'm not too keen on this but kids will probably find it fun especially since the book is set up like a real comic book with fake advertisements to boot! RL: 1.3. 3/5

NB - Sean O'Reilly is a Canadian.


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