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A beautiful young woman. An evil, jealous stepmother. Seven…boys? Matt Phelan’s brilliantly original graphic rendition of Snow White (Candlewick, $19.99) is not for the faint-hearted. Set in 1920s New York City, Snow’s father is a stockbroker and her stepmother a Broadway star known as Queen of the Follies; a stock ticker replaces the omniscient mirror; and a Macy’s holiday window becomes the glass coffin. The Art Deco font used for the title and chapter headings reflects the era, and Phelan’s primarily black-and-gray pencil, ink, and watercolor illustrations provide a stark contrast to the occasional burst of red and the full-color, happily-ever-after ending. Ages 10-14.

Snow White: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780763672331
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 13th, 2016

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When brothers Tucker and Hudson are given scarves and umbrellas from a neighbor’s yard sale, their sleepy final day of summer morphs into a thrilling adventure as they discover that the secondhand items possess superpowers. Tuck convinces Hudson to seize the day and, with the help of a surfer-lingo-speaking squirrel and a time-traveling trunk, they battle cat burglars, aid medieval villagers, train with a dragon, and confront a nemesis corrupted by the temptation of power. Brothers Unite (Dial, $10.99), the first in the Secondhand Heroes graphic novel trilogy by Justin LaRocca Hansen, will appeal to anyone who daydreams about doing heroic deeds. Ages 8-12.

Secondhand Heroes Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780803740945
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Dial Books - July 5th, 2016

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Cuando recibe una nueva caja de lápices de color (“lo más cerca que llegas a tener un pedazo de arco iris,” según ella), una joven empieza a crear un cuento Escrito y dibujado por Enriqueta (Toon, $12.95). Obsérvela con asombro mientras Enriqueta baja en picada hacia el papel, haciendo una fábula tan absorbente que ella misma comienza a creerla. Mientras trabaja, da a su gato Fellini—y al lector también—consejos para crear un cuento increíble. Gracias a la genialidad narrativa del historietista argentino Liniers, el cuento dentro de un cuento de Enriqueta, lleno de monstrous y con una protagonista valiente, cautivará sus jóvenes lectores tanto como Enriqueta misma. Edades 5-8

Upon receiving a brand-new pack of colored pencils (which, she notes, is “as close as you can get to owning a piece of the rainbow”), a young girl begins to make a story Written and Drawn by Henrietta (Toon, $12.95). Watch with wonder as Henrietta swoops onto the paper, creating a tale so engrossing she even begins to believe it herself. As she works, she gives her cat, Fellini—and the reader—tips on how to make an amazing story. Thanks to Argentine cartoonist Liniers’s own storytelling genius, Henrietta’s tale-within-a-tale, replete with monsters and a strangely familiar young girl filled to the brim with bravery, will enchant young audiences as much as Henrietta herself does. Ages 5-8

Escrito y Dibujado Por Enriqueta: Toon Level 3 Cover Image
By Liniers, Liniers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781935179917
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Toon Books - September 29th, 2015

Written and Drawn by Henrietta Cover Image
By Liniers
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935179900
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Toon Books - September 29th, 2015

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