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From the Library: Spring graphic novel roundup

Librarian Nicole Guerra-Coon recommends children's graphic novels.

Being a children’s librarian has many perks — I get to read to kids! I get to sing and dance with them! I get to buy books and resources for families! I get to wear silly clothes, like my “Dragons Love Tacos” shirt, or my cat skirt, or my rainbow dress to work! I can create programs like paint nights, and it is all part of my job. But maybe the best part is that when I am reading tons of kids books or graphic novels, and get a side-eye from another adult, I get to explain that I have to read these books! It’s my JOB!

Not that anyone needs an excuse to justify what they are reading. I just like to spin it a little.  I would be reading these books either way, and getting to tell people about my job is honestly a bonus. (Just don’t tell me you “never read” or ask why libraries still exist “when there is Google.”)

So if you are an adult, and you want suggestions on the newest mysteries or romances, I am unlikely to have any personal recommendations. What I do excel at is recommending what to read after your child has read all the Raina Telgemeier books ten times. 

Let me tell you about some of my most recent reads:

First up, these books are for younger readers who have moved beyond the basic early readers and are reading longer books. For fans of “Dog Man,” “Cat Ninja” by Matthew Cody is an epic! Originals book that was previously only available on Epic!, a digital reading site, that most children access through a school account. Cat Ninja is a regular cat by day, superhero by night! Protector of Metro City, he fights all the fiendish villains that threaten the peace. Evil slugs, robot dogs and his nemesis, Master Hamster, are no match for Cat Ninja!

“Agent 9” by James Burks has a similar adventurous feel, this time with a spy cat who has a habit of acting before thinking through the consequences. Because she is so reckless, Agent 9 has been sidelined by the Super Secret Spy Service for destroying more things than she is saving. But being a spy is everything to her, so Agent 9 vows to change her ways if she can just have one more chance. Readers will definitely relate to the trouble Agent 9 continually gets into because she forgets to stop and think. Can Agent 9 learn from her mistakes and stay a super spy?

For a slightly more advanced reader, like fans of the “Hilo” series, “Bear” by Ben Queen is a beautifully illustrated book about a service dog who loses his sight. What is a dog to do when he loses his reason for being? Bear doesn’t know who he is if he isn’t helping Patrick, his beloved owner who is a blind technician. Bear leaves on a journey to fix his sight, and finds that everyone has beauty and worth, no matter what they can or can’t do.

Readers who enjoy the more realistic story lines, like the “Babysitters” books, might like “Jo & Rus” by Audra Winslow, a book about two kids finding a connection despite an age difference. Jo is in middle school, and she is bullied for being different and living in a trailer with her grandma.  Rus is a high schooler who is Puerto Rican whose family owns the town junkyard. When Rus finds Jo skipping school, he sees a kindred spirit, and the two become friends. Rus encourages Jo to attend school, and to join a club to find kids with similar interests. He introduces her to his friends and family, and allows her to see a future where she can thrive with friends who may be outside the mainstream. I was initially unsure about a plot that revolved around an older boy helping a younger girl, but it is a very wholesome brother/sister type of relationship, and Rus never tries to change Jo. He just helps her realize there are many options to life, and we can find happiness by embracing who we are, but also by trying new things. 

A little more fantastical, but with real, relatable issues, is “Seance Tea Party'' by Reimena Yee, in which Lora finds herself drifting apart from her middle school friends. They want to do more “adult” stuff, like talk about boys, but Lora still wants to dress up and have out of this world adventures. Determined to be herself, Lora decides to have a seance tea party with her imaginary friends and discovers a ghost named Alexa. Stuck forever at 14, Lora and Alexa become fast friends and Lora is thrilled that her new friend will never outgrow her.  But, of course, time moves on and Lora inevitably does grow up. The story is sweet, but also packs real heart as the reader learns Alexa’s back story and sees Lora struggle with her friends.

Moving on from ghosts to gods, “Oh My Gods” by Stephanie Cooke is a cute story based on Greek mythology. Karen moves to Greece for a year to live with her eccentric dad Zed, and enrolls in the local high school. Not exactly thrilled to be uprooted, Karen takes a little while to notice that her new friends all happen to be the gods and goddesses of legend. Oh, and her dad Zed is really Zeus! Cooke brings everyone together as the teens have to solve the mystery of who keeps attacking the students of Mt. Olympus Junior High. Can they find out which student did it, before it’s too late? 

In “Girl Haven” by Lilah Sturges, Ash’s mom has been gone a few years now, but he and his dad have just moved into her family home. Ash makes some new friends at school, and they come back to his house to hang out. When he shows them the cool clubhouse in the backyard, none of them are prepared to be sucked into a fantasy world Ash’s mom had only told him stories about. If Koretris is a place meant as a haven for girls, what does it mean that Ash was able to travel there? Can Ash face what happened to his mother, and his own feelings? With his new friends’ encouragement and looking within himself, Ash finds out who he really is. 

And finally, “Lightfall” by Tim Probert is a fantasy adventure story, great for readers of “Amulet” or “5 Worlds.” Bea has always lived with her adopted grandfather, the Pig Wizard, and assisted him in creating tonics for the villagers. While she is out finding supplies, she bumps into Cad, a giant Galduarian — a frog-like creature thought to be extinct. He is looking for Pig Wizard to help him find his people, but, when they return home, he is gone. Now Bea and Cad must find her grandfather and find out what happened to the Galduarians before darkness covers the land. Will the Pig Wizard have the answers? Or are Bea and Cad carrying some of the answers themselves?

These are just some of the newer graphic novels we have. Not to mention new titles in a few popular series, like the new “Dog Man: Mothering Heights,” “Babysitters Club: Claudia and the New Girl,” and more. There is something for everyone, and if you need a recommendation, just ask!

Nicole Guerra-Coon is the assistant children’s librarian at the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood.

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Cat Ninja Ser.: Cat Ninja (Cat Ninja Book 1) by Matthew Cody (, Hardcover)

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  • Beware, villains Cat Ninja may appear to be nothing more than a silly internet meme. But he is evil's greatest enemy, and the silent master of Kat Fu and carpet scratching From Epic Originals, Cat Ninja is a hilarious graphic novel series about a lovable cat with a heroic alter-ego. Raised from a kitten by a kindly old ninja master, Claude now spends his days as the pampered house cat of an eleven-year-old boy. But when trouble arises, Claude dons his mask and springs into action as Cat Ninja--Metro City's secret protector In Book 1 of the series, follow our feline hero's early exploits as he tries to keep his secret identity under wraps while thwarting the evil plans of slimy thugs, rampaging robots, and a certain rodent nemesis who lives under the same roof

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    Andrews McMeel Publishing

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    Matthew Cody

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    English

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    Comics & Graphic Novels / Animals, Sports & Recreation / Martial Arts, Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes

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    Juvenile Fiction

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    "Cody's hyperbolic superhero-movie narration and Mercado's vibrant, dynamic panels hit the sweet spot, marrying humor and heroics . . . perfection!" -- KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Mercado, Yehudi

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Beware, villains! Cat Ninja may appear to be nothing more than a silly internet meme. But he is evil's greatest enemy, and the silent master of Kat Fu and carpet scratching! From Epic! Originals, Cat Ninja is a hilarious graphic novel series about a lovable cat with a heroic alter-ego.

Raised from a kitten by a kindly old ninja master, Claude now spends his days as the pampBeware, villains! Cat Ninja may appear to be nothing more than a silly internet meme. But he is evil's greatest enemy, and the silent master of Kat Fu and carpet scratching! From Epic! Originals, Cat Ninja is a hilarious graphic novel series about a lovable cat with a heroic alter-ego.

Raised from a kitten by a kindly old ninja master, Claude now spends his days as the pampered house cat of an eleven-year-old boy. But when trouble arises, Claude dons his mask and springs into action as Cat Ninja—Metro City's secret protector! In Book 1 of the series, follow our feline hero’s early exploits as he tries to keep his secret identity under wraps while thwarting the evil plans of slimy thugs, rampaging robots, and a certain rodent nemesis who lives under the same roof!more

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Epic Launches Original Content Program

Fresh from announcing impressive company growth and an infusion of $30 million in new funding, Redwood, Calif.-based kids’ digital reading platform Epic has kicked off an exclusive, original content program. The Epic Originals collection of books and videos goes live today with the release of titles Cat Ninja by Matthew Cody, illustrated by Yehudi Mercado, My Pet Slime by Courtney Sheinmel, illustrated by Renee Kurilla, and Scaredy Monster: Scaredy Monster Loses a Tooth by Meika Hashimoto, illustrated by Steve Lambe.

In January, Epic secured $30 million in funding led by Evolution Media, the global tech, media and entertainment investment company partnered with TPG and Creative Artists Agency. That same month, Epic announced several five-year milestones, revealing that the subscription service now reaches 10 million children and that million books have been read on its platform since it launched in Epic’s content library now contains more than 35, items—books, videos, and audiobooks—from more than publishers including HarperCollins, Macmillan, National Geographic Kids, and Sesame Workshop.

Developing original content is a direct result of these recent developments. “We’ll continue to expand the partnerships with our publishers, but it just made sense to us to do something that kids couldn’t find anywhere else in the world, that was unique to us,” Epic cofounder Kevin Donahue said.

Epic quietly completed a soft, beta-type launch of a few originals on its platform beginning with Nellie Nutgraf: The Double-Best Reporter in History: A Hot Story by Tom Angleberger in October Undersea Mystery Club: Problem at the Playground by Courtney Carbone, illustrated by Melanie Demmer is one of four additional titles that trickled onto the Epic platform early this year.

“We put a couple books into the service to gather data,” Donahue said. “We wanted to see how kids would react to the books, and how the titles would perform before jumping in with both feet to create the Originals area of the site.” The results were “great,” according to Donahue. Since October, the Epic Originals collection racked up nearly three million reads on the platform, and kids read Undersea Mystery Club: Problem at the Playground, about a mermaid and a narwhal solving mysteries, more than , times in its first week of release.

“The funding was a big part” of Epic’s new direction, Donahue said. “We had to build a team that could help us create world class content and that’s the catalyst. We had been thinking for a long time that original content would be a great addition, but just didn’t have the opportunity before now.”

The Epic Originals line is led by author-illustrator and animator Eric Wight, known for his comic books and graphic novels (My Dead Girlfriend; the Frankie Pickle series). He works with a small team of people in-house and Christine Griswold serves as educational consultant for the books, to ensure that the titles have engaging, relatable, and age-appropriate educational elements. A number of independent contractors collaborate with Wight’s team at various levels, and, Donahue said. “We now have a large network of creators—authors and illustrators—who we’re talking to about doing some things, and, we also have partners on the video side, helping us create some videos.” As examples, he mentioned the My Pet Slime supplemental video, a live-action piece featuring a DIY activity of making slime, and the Scaredy Monster video entry, which is an animated version of the book.

“We don’t have a set number of books that we have committed to at this time,” Donahue said of the scope for Epic Originals. “We’re just trying to take it as it comes and get a feel for what kids are enjoying as we put out new titles.” He noted that the company is “thinking in terms of series, and that’s one thing that’s kind of interesting about our approach.” Books that do particularly well will be turned into series, and others may be standalone titles. “We’re drawing something out of the playbook of Netflix,” he added, “where the engagement is increased by kids knowing that there will be a new book coming, almost like a new episode of a TV series, and if they follow that storyline and care about those characters they’ll come back for more.”

As the Epic Originals gain traction with their audience, Donahue takes pride in the fact that the new titles represent the Epic brand’s values. “At Epic we tried very hard to create a service that is fun for kids but allows them to learn along the way, and a service that teachers and parents trust as a safe place where kids can develop a love of reading and learning.” He hopes that when kids read an Epic Original book “it will be something that reminds them and their parents and teachers of the value of the entire platform.”

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Cat Ninja, 1 - by Matthew Cody

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"Raised from a kitten by a kindly old ninja master, Claude now spends his days as the pampered house cat of an eleven-year-old boy. But when trouble arises, Claude dons his mask and springs into action as Cat Ninja, Metro City's secret protector! In Book 1 of the series, follow our feline heros early exploits as he tries to keep his secret identity under wraps while thwarting the evil plans of slimy thugs, rampaging robots, and a certain rodent nemesis who lives under the same roof!"--Provided by publisher.

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Beware, villains! Cat Ninja may appear to be nothing more than a silly internet meme. But he is evil's greatest enemy, and the silent master of Kat Fu and carpet scratching! From Epic! Originals, Cat Ninja is a hilarious graphic novel series about a lovable cat with a heroic alter-ego.

Raised from a kitten by a kindly old ninja master, Claude now spends his days as the pampered house cat of an eleven-year-old boy. But when trouble arises, Claude dons his mask and springs into action as Cat Ninja--Metro City's secret protector! In Book 1 of the series, follow our feline hero's early exploits as he tries to keep his secret identity under wraps while thwarting the evil plans of slimy thugs, rampaging robots, and a certain rodent nemesis who lives under the same roof!

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"Cody's hyperbolic superhero-movie narration and Mercado's vibrant, dynamic panels hit the sweet spot, marrying humor and heroics . . . perfection!" --KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW
(Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author



Matthew Codyis the author of several popular books, including the award-winning Supers of Noble's Greentrilogy: Powerless, Super, and Villainous.He is also the author of Will in Scarletand The Dead Gentleman, as well as the fantasy series The Secrets of the Pied Piper. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and son.

Yehudi Mercado was born in Mexico City and raised in Houston, Texas. He is a former Disney art director turned successful graphic novelist. His graphic novels as writer-illustrator include Buffalo Speedway, Pantalones, TX, Rocket Salvage, and Sci-Fu: Kick it Off. He is currently showrunning a narrative podcast based on his graphic novel Hero Hotel.

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Beware, villains! Cat Ninja may appear to be nothing more than a silly internet meme. But he is evil's greatest enemy, and the silent master of Kat Fu and carpet scratching! From Epic! Originals, Cat Ninja is a hilarious graphic novel series about a lovable cat with a heroic alter-ego.

Raised from a kitten by a kindly old ninja master, Claude now spends his days as the pampered house cat of an eleven-year-old boy. But when trouble arises, Claude dons his mask and springs into action as Cat Ninja—Metro City's secret protector! In Book 1 of the series, follow our feline hero’s early exploits as he tries to keep his secret identity under wraps while thwarting the evil plans of slimy thugs, rampaging robots, and a certain rodent nemesis who lives under the same roof!

Matthew Cody is the author of several popular books, including the award-winning Supers of Noble’s Green trilogy: Powerless, Super, and Villainous. He is also the author of Will in Scarlet and The Dead Gentleman, as well as the fantasy series The Secrets of the Pied Piper. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and son.&#;Yehudi

Title:Cat Ninja

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Published:October 13,

Publisher:Andrews McMeel Publishing

Language:English

Appropriate for ages:7

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This is book number 2 in the Cat Ninja series.

From Epic Originals comes an action-packed graphic novel series about a new breed of superhero.&#;Return to Metro City's furry underbelly in this exciting follow-up to Kirkus-starred Cat Ninja volume 1!

When Leon brings a mystery egg home from school, Cat Ninja and Master Hamster face their biggest challenge yet: babysitting! And while they’re pretty sure they can keep an egg out of trouble, they know they’re in over their heads when that egg hatches into a high-energy ball of feathers and cuteness. It’s baby’s first superhero adventure when they decide to bring their newest family member along as they uncover the identity—and nefarious motives—of Metro City’s latest foe.

Through the shared adventures of these former adversaries, kids learn the importance of:

• Using your powers—super or not!—to stand up for those who need your help
• Family, in all its forms
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Matthew Cody is the author of several popular books, including the award-winning Supers of Noble’s Green trilogy: Powerless, Super, and Villainous. He is also the author of Will in Scarlet and The Dead Gentleman, as well as the fantasy series The Secrets of the Pied Piper. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and son.,

Chad Thomas first picked up a pencil in , decided to draw cartoons in , and finally started getting paid for it in He loves his family, comic books, and Star Wars, and he will let his children beat him in checkers, but never in Mario Kart. He has worked with a number of publishers in the comic industry on books such as TMNT, Star Wars Adventures, and Mega Man. He has also illustrated several children's science and learning activity books.
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