We are regularly asked for recommendations for great graphic novels, so here are just a small selection of some (and hybrids) that we rate.
An epic, fast-paced graphic novel based on Russian folklore. ‘The King Of Birds‘ tells the tale of how a golden apple started a brutal war between all the animals. It all began with a mouse, a sparrow and an apple…
‘Illegal‘ is a hard-hitting, empathetically illustrated piece of fiction and one which makes for a particularly tough, but a nonetheless very necessary read. A story which illustrates one boy’s epic journey of hope & survival supported with the most considerate spreads.
Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez (Nobrow)
A stunningly eerie mix between picture book and graphic novel. Our formidable leading lady is a creative soul. By night she catches twinkly lights and has magically illuminating adventures, by day she turns them into wonderfully dreamy, whimsical doodlings.
Hilda And The Stone Forest by Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
An empowering fantasy read, packed with intrigue and adventure as we follow the tale of our blue-haired protagonist. In this fifth instalment we find Hilda on another mystical adventure, with a number of familiar faces from previous stories. Not to be missed.
Survivors of the Holocaust by Zane Whittingham & Ryan Jones
Is a hard-hitting and very necessary re-telling of a poignant and shocking time in our history. In an accessible graphic novel format, this book follows six young Jewish people who survived the Holocaust through to what happened to them after the war.
Anna & Froga by Anouk Ricard (Drawn & Quarterly)
A highly acclaimed series from Anouk Ricard that takes a sharp-witted, humorous and realistic look at an eclectic mix of friends and how the dynamics of their group play out.
Kings Of The Castle by Victoria Turnbull
Is a highly imaginative and truly magical night time tale with a highly unusual composition, with an almost graphic novel feel in places. The subtle changes in layout make for a positively engaging read.
Geis: A Matter Of Life And Death by Alexis Deacon
‘Geis‘ pronounced ‘gesh’ is the first in a three-part fantasy saga. The first spell-binding instalment introduces us to the beginning of a highly poignant contest. Utterly gripping and stunningly illustrated.
A Year Without Mom by Dasha Tolstikova
In this transient mix of picture book meets graphic novel, you can’t fail to be moved by this read. So beautifully executed and poignantly written about moving away from everything you know and love for a new adventure.
Can I Build Another Me? by Shinsuke Yoshitake
In a totally compelling and utterly inventive story, Yoshitake invites us to reassess who we are and ponder on our individuality in a positive way, with an injection of wit and humour.
The Night Watchman by Jérémie Fischer & Jean-Baptiste Labrune
A mix between a graphic novel, chapter book and picture book this thriller is a great transitional read for children who are starting to widen their reading material.