Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Graphic Novel
My latest From Left to Write online book club title was Barbara Slate's Getting Married and Other Mistakes. This was my very first graphic novel. Well, I guess I read a lot of the Archie and Betty & Veronica comics growing up. Back then they were called comic books though, now they seem to be called "graphic novels". My 8 year old son really enjoys reading graphic novels and I love that they keep him interested and are quick reads. (Sometimes he needs a break after a really long book.) At the same time I have to make sure he doesn't ONLY read graphic novels.
He just finished second grade and reads at a strong fourth grade level. His school required all second graders to log 100 minutes of reading per week. My feeling was that the minutes needed to be appropriate to his reading level, not easy reading. In other words, he needed to be being challenged. When we check out books from the library on Fridays I always stress to him that he needs to pick chapter books too, so he is hopefully challenged a little. He is usually really good at coming back with 3 chapter books and 3 graphic novels. This last week he actually found a graphic novel version of The Wizard of Oz! I was kind of excited since I don't think he would have chosen to read a chapter book version of the story.
If reading graphic novels interspersed with his chapter books keeps him happy and broadens what he might otherwise choose to read them I am all for it!
This post is inspired by Getting Married and Other Mistakes by Barbara Slate. This graphic novel offers a raw, yet humorous look at what happens to Jo after a surprise divorce. Join From Left to Write on Thursday, June 28 as we discuss Getting Married and Other Mistakes by Barbara Slate. I received a review copy of the book and all opinions are my own.