jiverson's Book Reviews

The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner

The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner

The red-haired fox of Jeremy Renner’s new graphic novel spends his days sneaking around the local barnyard and his nights munching on turnips. Yeah, things aren’t going too well. The problem is simple. But even still, there is little hope that he will be able to fulfill his carnivore dreams. None of the animals lower […]


Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

Matt Phelan has made quite a name for himself, creating breathtaking historical fiction graphic novels, and his most recent book, Snow White: A Graphic Novel, holds to his high standard. Set in 1928, in New York City, Phelan creates a story told as if a silent black and white, noir film were transformed into a […]


Musnet: The Mouse of Monet by Kickliy

Musnet: The Mouse of Monet by Kickliy

This lovely graphic novel set in the mid-19th century, is reminiscent of E.B.White’s animal adventures, particularly Stuart Little. The unnamed (until the very end), orphaned main character mouse is looking for work and a home and unintentionally winds up on Monet’s estate in Giverny, France. Also on the property is a friendly mouse family who […]


The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown by Crystal Allen

The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown by Crystal Allen

School is about to get even better for spunky, fourth grade Texan, Mya Tibbs. Along with being in the same class as her new best friend, popular, beauty pageant-winning, Naomi Jackson, the school is about to have its annual Spirit Week! And the prize is a pair of VIP tickets to the town’s Fall Festival, […]


Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

Fans of slice-of-life graphic novels (like Roller Girl, Sisters, Smile, and Sunny Side Up) will be clamoring for this book, if they aren’t already. Invisible Emmie is a dual narrative, highlighting the middle school experiences of two very different girls. Meet Emmie, a shy, girl who prefers to be invisible to her peers, and popular […]


Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess

Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess

“Do you have what it takes to be the Greatest Chef in the Galaxy?” Step aside “Great British Bake Off” and “Top Chef,” there’s a new show in town and it airs in Space. Okay, so it doesn’t actually exist beyond the pages of author and illustrator Natalie Riess’ new book, Space Battle Lunchtime, Volume […]


The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

Debut graphic novelist, Thi Bui, offers the story of her family, spanning generations, and their eventual immigration to the US from Vietnam, in this fresh, visually stunning memoir. Each chapter is its own personal, reflective essay, borrowing moments and memories from Bui’s family timeline without oversimplifying any family member’s experience or time in Vietnam’s history. […]


King and Kayla and the Secret Code by Dori Hillestad Butler

King and Kayla and the Secret Code by Dori Hillestad Butler

Fans of Emily Elizabeth and her lovable big red dog, Clifford, will fall in love with read-alike series King and Kayla, which follows dog owner Kayla and golden retriever, King, as they figure out mysteries that come their way. Unlike Clifford, this sweet, easy reader series, is told from the dog’s point of view. Whether […]


Sofia Martinez: The Beach Trip by Jacqueline Jules

Sofia Martinez: The Beach Trip by Jacqueline Jules

Looking for a new character for your young reader to become friends with? Look no further. Author Jacqueline Jules has created a charming early chapter book series revolving around Latina, elementary-aged girl, Sofia Martinez, and her adventures in and outside of the home! Standouts from the series are seasonally relevant, The Beach Trip, in which […]


Goldie Vance: Volume One by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams

Goldie Vance: Volume One by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams

Dust off your sleuthing skills and join writer Hope Larson and illustrator Brittney Williams as they introduce you to the mysteries that arise at the fictional St. Pascal, Florida Crossed Palms Resort during the 1960s. This fresh new graphic novel series named after likable, plucky teen protagonist, Goldie Vance, is a quick read sure to […]


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