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Oliver Nicholas gives some ideas of stunning new graphic novels, picture books and mixed media stories that have taken his breath away . . .

I was a reluctant reader. The only book I would read (over and over) was Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine . . . I did however love comics and my most faithful friend was the US comic strip book, Calvin and Hobbes. I lived the adventures of the little boy, Calvin, and his imaginary talking tiger friend, Hobbes, who to others was merely a stuffed cuddly toy. Stories told in pictures are nothing new - cave drawings, hieroglyphics, the Bayeux Tapestry are all forms of story-telling. Today, so-called “graphic novels” are

a growing and exciting art form in the world of book publishing for children. In their purest form, they are books written and illustrated in the style of a comic book. They are becoming more and more recognised as a popular way to engage children and to motivate reluctant readers, (especially boys), or children who may struggle with language acquisition as they provide clues to the meaning of the words and capture their attention – as Calvin and Hobbes once did for me!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

“Tender, magical, utterly original”, “a true masterpiece”, “complete genius” – these are some of the reviews of this extraordinary book that interweaves hand-drawn illustrations and words. The part picture book, part graphic novel gives the extraordinary effect of a silent movie as you turn from page to page.

Set in Paris in the 1930s, this is the tale of Hugo, an orphan, clock keeper and thief who lives in the walls of a busy train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. He desperately believes a broken automaton will make his dreams come true. But when his world collides with an eccentric girl and a bitter old man, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy . . .

Brian Selznick’s books have received many awards and distinctions. In The Invention of Hugo Cabret he creates an entirely new reading experience. The book has also been adapted in a soon-to-be-released fi lm directed by Martin Scorsese.

Hugo Cabret website: Published by Scholastic, ISBN: 978 1407 10348 8

FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith

FArTHER is the fi rst book that Baker-Smith has written and illustrated himself. This World Book Day Recommended Read for 2011 is an incredible book which incorporates the use of photographs, collage and illustration, with the text linked cleverly into the imagery, making his style completely original and unique.

When a father who dreams of fl ying goes off to war and doesn’t return, his son decides to make his dream come true. The moving story shows how, with love and a bit of ambition, you can reach seemingly impossible goals.

Published by Templar Publishing ISBN 978 1 84877 126 0


Leon and the Place Between by Grahame Baker-Smith

Graham Baker-Smith’s debut Leon and the Place Between (written by Angela McAllister) was shortlisted for the prestigious Greenaway Medal in 2010. Leon, wanting to prove that magic really exists, volunteers to be in a magic show and gets transported to a mysterious world fi lled with rabbits, doves, playing cards and magician’s assistants . . .

“Opening the covers of Leon is like lifting the lid of a treasure chest . . . A truly stand out collaboration of word and image. Each page radiates jewel-like qualities. Exquisite and uplifting, this book intoxicates the imagination.” Scholastic Best Books 2009

Published by Templar Publishing ISBN 978 1 84011 801 8

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