New Children’s Graphic Novel Spotlight – January 2022

By Isaac F.
January 4, 2022

Finally, a graphic novel history of dessert! And that’s not the only treat in this month’s crop of graphic novels for kids. Want to order some? Click on the covers to go to our catalog and place holds. Want to get occasional new book spotlights in your inbox? Subscribe to the It’s Elementary Newsletter.

Wings of Fire #5: The Brightest Night / by Tui Sutherland and Mike Holmes

Buried secrets, deadly surprises, and an unexpected side to scavengers are all waiting for her in the shifting sands of the desert, where Sunny must decide once and for all: Is her destiny already written?

A Tale as Tall as Jacob: Misadventures with my Brother / by Samantha Edwards

When Jacob is born, Samantha is excited to have a normal little brother to play with. But those expectations are quickly upended as he grows into a loud, chaotic, and seemingly unstoppable force. And even though he can be a handful, Jacob’s extraordinary strength and curiosity have a way of landing him in some unexpected, hilarious, and even heartwarming situations.

Yummy: A History of Desserts / by Victoria Grace Elliot

Cake is delicious and comics are awesome- this exciting non-fiction graphic novel for kids combines both! Explore the history of desserts through a fun adventure with facts, legends, and recipes for readers to try at home.

Living With Viola / by Rosena Fung

Livy is already having trouble fitting in as the new girl at school–and then there’s Viola. Viola is Livy’s anxiety brought to life, a shadowy twin that only Livy can see or hear. Livy tries to push back against Viola’s relentless judgment, but nothing seems to work until she strikes up new friendships at school.

Geronimo Stilton #3: The Great Rat Rally / by Geronimo Stilton

This is Geronimo Stilton like you’ve never seen him before! Geronimo and Trap enter the Rat Rally, a high-speed car race!

Dragon Kingdom of Wrenly #6: The Ice Dragon / by Jordan Quinn and Glass House Graphics

Ruskin and his friends travel to Flatfrost for the Winter Festival where the legendary ice dragon has appeared — she who unknowingly holds an important piece to the puzzle of who are the dark forces are that have been plotting against Ruskin all along.

The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo 3: The Tangled Web / by Drew Weing

In the third volume of this beloved graphic novel series, Drew Weing delivers a fresh and funny take on the age-old battle between kids and closet-dwelling monsters.

Blancaflor, the Hero with Secret Powers: A Folktale from Latin America / by Nadja Spiegelman

Raised by a mean ogre of a father who eats his opponents for dinner, Blancaflor is often told not to show off her own considerable powers for fear of scaring off suitors. When a prince falls from the sky and wakes up in her lap, she is spellbound and moves heaven and earth to help the endearing, yet not so clever, young man, all while trying not to let him know.

Maker Comics: Conduct a Science Experiment! / by Der-shing Helmer and Andrea Bell

Reed’s moms are about to leave for a summer trip, and he can’t wait to spend his break playing games and making videos with his friends. But it turns out that after a year of suffering science grades, Reed’s parents have called in reinforcements: his big sister, Olive, who’s come home from college to help him out. Includes step-by-step instructions for six STEM projects!

The Unfinished Corner / by Dani Colman

Jewish mythology has it that when God created the universe, one corner of it was left unfinished. Opinion is divided on why, but everyone agrees that the Unfinished Corner is a dangerous place full of monsters. Twelve-year-old Miriam neither knows nor cares about the Unfinished Corner. She’s too busy preparing for her Bat Mitzvah, wrestling with whether she even wants to be Jewish–until a peculiar angel appears, whisking her, her two best friends, and her worst frenemy off to this monstrous land with one mission: finish the Unfinished Corner.

The Sleepover / by Michael Regina

When the Russo family returns home from vacation to discover their nanny, Ruby, has unexpectedly passed away, Matthew takes the news the hardest. After weeks of reeling, his three best friends decide to cheer him up with a night of junk food, prank calls, and scary movies. But their plans for a sleepover are jeopardized when Matt’s single mother–unable to take any more time off of work–is forced to hire a new nanny on the fly to watch over Matt and his younger sister, Judy. There’s something about her that Matt doesn’t trust. He thinks she may actually be the witch from local legend–the one who torments children into the night and then eats them