New Children’s Graphic Novel Spotlight – December 2021

By Isaac F.
December 2, 2021

Wow! I have been loving all the new Graphic Novels we’ve added this past month. Want to order some? Click on the covers to go to our catalog and place holds. Want to get occasional new comic spotlights in your inbox? Subscribe to the It’s Elementary Newsletter.

Manu / by Kelly Fernandez.

Manu and her best friend, Josefina, live at a magical school for girls, and Manu is always getting into trouble. The headmistress believes that Manu has the potential to help people with her magic, but Manu would rather have fun than fall in line.

Cat Kid Comic Club 2: Perspectives / by Dav Pilkey

It’s time to create comics with Cat Kid! Flippy, Molly, Li’l Petey, and twenty-one baby frogs each have something to say. Naomi and Melvin don’t see eye to eye and Poppy perceives the world differently than her siblings. Will the baby frogs figure out how to work together and appreciate one another’s point of view — both inside and outside the classroom?

Besties: Work It Out! by Kayla Miller & Kristina Luu.

Meet Beth and Chanda, two stylish best friends on their way to building their fashion empire! An unexpected business opportunity presents itself when the girls are asked to dogsit at Ms. Langford’s luxurious house while she’s away, but it quickly turns into a disaster after an accident leaves one of Ms. Langford’s prized possessions in pieces!

Garlic and the Vampire / by Bree Paulsen

Garlic feels as though she’s always doing something wrong. At least with her friend Carrot by her side and the kindly Witch Agnes encouraging her, Garlic is happy to just tend her garden, where it’s nice and safe.

But when her village of vegetable folk learns that a bloodthirsty vampire has moved into the nearby castle, they all agree that, in spite of her fear and self-doubt, Garlic is the obvious choice to confront him. And with everyone counting on her, Garlic reluctantly agrees to face the mysterious vampire, hoping she has what it takes.

Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld / by Shannon and Dean Hale & Asiah Fulmore

Amaya, princess of House Amethyst in Gemworld, is something of a troublemaker. She and her brother have great fun together until a magical prank goes much too far and her parents ground her…to Earth!

Anothre Kind / by Trevor Bream & Cait May

Tucked away in a government facility nicknamed the Playroom, six not-quite-human kids learn to control their strange and unpredictable abilities. Life is good—or safe, at least—hidden from the prying eyes of a judgmental world. That is, until a security breach forces them out of their home and into the path of the Collector, a mysterious being with leech-like powers. Can the group band together to thwart the Collector’s devious plan, or will they wind up the newest addition to his collection?

Tidesong / by Wendy Xu

Sophie is a young witch whose mother and grandmother pressure her to attend the Royal Magic Academy—the best magic school in the realm—even though her magic is shaky at best. To train for her entrance exams, Sophie is sent to relatives she’s never met. Cousin Sage and Great-Aunt Lan seem more interested in giving Sophie chores than in teaching her magic. Frustrated, Sophie attempts magic on her own, but the spell goes wrong, and she accidentally entangles her magic with the magic of a young water dragon named Lir. Sophie knows what she’s doing is wrong, but without Lir’s help, can she prove herself?

Waffles and Pancake: Planetary Yum / by Drew Brockington

One very special Saturday, Dad-Cat decides to take Waffles and his sister Pancake to the big city to go to the science museum! While they’re there, the kittens see extraordinary things, like dino-cats, hairballs in 4D, and even the planetarium. But as the kittens learn about constellations and Neil Pawstrong, they get separated from Dad-Cat. Oh no!

Minnie Mouse: The Perfect Book / by Brooke Vitale & Artful Doodlers

It’s an exciting day at Minnie’s school. They are having a book fair! Minnie loves books and decides that it’s time she write one. She wants all of her best friends to be in her book, but everyone has a different idea of what she should write.

Batpig: When Pigs Fly / by Rob Harrell

Gary Yorkshire was your perfectly average, fuzzy pink pig who loved tasty sandwiches, video games, mud baths, and hanging out with his friends Carl the fish and Brooklyn the bat. Until one day . . . a radioactive bat bite gives him powers he never would have dreamed of! Inspired by his old Crimson Swine comics, Gary decides that he’ll use his powers for good and becomes (drumroll) Batpig!

The Secret Garden on 81st Street / by Ivy Noelle Weir & Amber Padilla

When her parents pass away in a tragic accident, she moves to New York City to live with her uncle who she barely knows, and to her surprise, keeps a gadget free home. Looking for comfort in this strange, new reality, Mary discovers an abandoned rooftop garden and an even bigger secret…

Batman and Robin and Howard / by Jeffrey Brown

Sidelined by Batman after a crimefighting excursion goes wrong, Damian Wayne must learn how to live as an average kid. But life in his new school becomes more challenging than Damian expected when he meets his match in a rival named Howard.

Dinomighty! 2: The Heist Age / Doug Paleo.

Dinotown is under attack! In this adventure, the Dinomighties face new icy villains led by Bully Mammoth. This colossal meanie will stop at nothing to ​get his grubby tusks on the world’s most valuable painting: the Dino Lisa . . . even if it means putting a deep freeze on Dinotown.

Hello, My Name is Poop / by Ben Katzner & Ian McGinty

Will Poupé becomes the new target of bullies at his middle school. All day long, they call him Poop. However, when Icky the Janitor reveals himself to be a wizard in disguise, Will learns that there are Names of Power &; if you are given one of these names, you gain certain abilities. Poop is one of those names. He now has powers that he could use to get back at the bullies! But power, even poop power, is exactly what can turn someone into a bully. With some help from his friends, Will must find a way to use his fantastic farting magic for good.

Metropolis Grove / by Drew Brockington

Welcome to Metropolis Grove, the city where Superman never sleeps. Because everyone in this suburb knows that he’s not real…except newcomer Sonia Patel, who convinces her friends Duncan and Alex to believe! When the trio discover a mysterious cave full of Super-memorabilia, they can’t keep it to themselves, and that sets off a school year full of drama and adventure and more than a few opportunities for a newfound friendship to test its limits.

Star Beasts / by Stephanie Young

Wanna know the real reason Pluto isn’t a planet anymore? Bandit is a pup on Earth who leaves his family to join the secret order of the Star Beasts, cosmic creatures sworn to protect Earth and spread goodness throughout the universe. Only thing is, he’s having trouble fitting in. But when powerful relics are suddenly stolen, the Star Beasts must band together to find the deadly galactic fossils before Pluto’s evil emperor, Khaos Krill!