GRAPHIC NOVELS & MORE | Book Talk with Talia


[MUSIC] Done with that one. On to the next one. [MUSIC] Just Jaime. [MUSIC] And done with that one, too. Sometimes it is just great to take
a break from so text-heavy books and go and do something a little more
colorful, a little more artistic. Something like Books with Art. That’s what this video is gonna be all
about, any kind of books that have art. [MUSIC] Hello everyone and
welcome to another Book Talk with Talia. In today’s episode we’re
going to be talking all about books that have art of some kind. So, whether it’s a full-color graphic
novel, or a book with black and white illustrations, or just a book that’s filled with doodles,
it’s going to be in this video. But, before I get into the books, don’t
forget to subscribe to the Shelf Stuff channel so you don’t miss
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notification bell, so that you don’t miss whenever I upload. And with that being said,
let’s get right into the books. [DING] One book that gives
a colorful glimpse of middle school is New Kid by Jerry Craft. This book follows 12-year-old
Jordan Banks, who loves to draw and really wants to go to art school. Unfortunately, Jordan’s mom is convinced
that he needs to go to this fancy private school to get a good education. So, even though Jordan tries to get
his mom to let him go to art school, she’s not convinced, and he ends up having
to go to the private school anyway. And it’s pretty obvious from Jordan’s
first day at the school that he’s one of just a few black kids in the entire grade. The book goes through Jordan’s
first year in the private school. And even though things are okay and
he doesn’t have a lot of trouble making friends or anything,
he’s still struggling fit in. It’s a little hard for Jordan to fit in when he feels like
he’s a part of two different worlds. So, the world that he grew up in and his new private school life where the kids
are white and rich for the most part. His best friends from home probably
wouldn’t understand why Jordan would wanna hang out with some new
super-rich white kids. Jordan doesn’t know how to kind of put
his old friends with his new friends and his old life with his new life. And this book is all in full-color
graphic novel style, so you get to see every part of Jordan’s
first year as the new kid in full color. And that was New Kid by Jerry Craft. [DING] One book that will
make you wanna try and publish your own notebook doodles
is Frazzled #3 by Booki Vivat. This is the third book in
the Frazzled series, and it once again follows
middle schooler Abbie Wu. Abbie is feeling especially nervous
this time around because she is going on a week-long trip to outdoor school. In outdoor school, all of Abbie’s class
will be together in the wilderness. It’s supposed to be a week where anything
can happen, but Abbie has to deal with her super-popular older brother Peter
coming on the trip as a chaperone. Despite having her brother on the trip,
Abbie is still super excited about going. Unfortunately, as soon as they arrive at
the campsite, all the campers are split up by cabin, and it turns out that Abbie’s
going to be with three girls who are already friends that don’t
necessarily get along with her very well. Even though the three girls aren’t mean to
Abbie, they’re just not her best friends. So she feels like a total
outsider in her cabin. Abbie doesn’t want outdoor school to go by
feeling completely awkward, so after a pep talk from one of the counselors, she
decides that she is going to be Abbie 2.0. She’s going to say yes to everything. She is going to be positive and maybe if she’s lucky, Abbie 2.0 will
even last outside of outdoors school. When it comes to how it looks,
this book is in black and white, but there are illustrations on every page,
so it’s filled with art and there’s just sparse text throughout
to kind of help the story along. And that was Frazzled #3 by Booki Vivat. [DING] If you’re looking for
an illustrated book about friends, you might want to pick up
Just Jaime by Terri Libenson. So to start, this book does take place in
the same universe as Invisible Emmie and Positively Izzy, but it’s focused on two
new main characters, Jaime and Maya. Who you may have just seen in
the background of the school in the other two books. So, you do not need to read
Invisible Emmie and Positively Izzy to get Just Jaime, but it doesn’t hurt, since
they’re all set in the same universe. So, Jaime and Maya are best friends and they’ve been that way
since they were little. As they’ve gotten older they’ve kind
of become a friend group with two other girls, Grace and Celia. But lately things have been a bit
strained between Jaime and Maya. Jaime feels like everything
she does just annoys Maya, and Maya hasn’t been acting quite
as friendly as she used to. Now it’s the last day of seventh grade and Jaime can already tell that
Maya is annoyed with her. She just wants their friendship
to go back to normal. So she decides that on the bus,
she’s going to ask her what’s wrong and see if she can fix things. Of course,
Maya ends up just getting more mad at Jaime when she confronts her on the bus,
so it doesn’t really solve anything. From there, we learned Maya is actually
being pressured by the two other girls in the group, Grace and Celia,
to stop being friends with Jaime. Basically, they think
Jaime’s kind of babyish, she still likes to watch Disney movies. She’s not really interested in boys and
makeup like they are. And they just think that
the friendship has run its course. Since Maya is closest with Jaime, Grace
and Celia think that it should be Maya’s job to tell Jaime they don’t
want to be friends anymore. I don’t want to spoil too much, but Maya
ends up doing something that completely severs the relationship between Jaime and
the other girls. The rest of the book kind of goes through
the aftermath of that, how they deal with it on the last day of school, and
whether their friendship can be saved. And in classic Terri Libenson style,
this book also has a twist ending. This book is in full color. And Jaime’s part of the story is told
in kind of a notebook style with handwritten font. And Maya’s part of the story
is told in comic strip style. And that was Just Jaime by Terri Libenson. [DING] One book that is perfect for
fantasy lovers is Wings of Fire #1, the graphic novel, by Tui T Sutherland,
and illustrated by Mike Holmes. This book starts with a group
of dragons who are set on fulfilling a prophecy
that may end their war. The group has gathered five different
dragon eggs that they believe will hatch into five dragonets that
can fulfill the prophecy. Once they hatch, the five dragonets are raised in
a hidden cave underneath a mountain. They know that their destiny is to end
the war like the prophecy says, but they’ve all become pretty close
friends even though they’re different. When one of the dragonets is threatened,
all five decide to spring into action and leave the mountain. This is their chance to take their
destiny and put it into their own hands. So, this is the first
book in the series and it mostly focuses on the mudwing dragonet, Clay, while the other books in the series
focus on some of the other dragonets. And if this book sounds
a little bit familiar to you, that’s because it is
initially a text series. So they actually adapted it for
a graphic novel. It’s absolutely perfect that this book is
a graphic novel now, because it’s just so much more fun to see full-color
dragons flying around instead of imagining it in your head. And that was Wings of Fire #1,
the graphic novel, by Tui T Sutherland and
illustrated by Mike Holmes. [DING] If you’ve always wondered what it
might be like to grow up in a different time period, you might want to check
out Short & Skinny by Mark Tatulli. This book takes place in 1977 when
aspiring cartoonist Mark is so tired of being short and skinny. Mark hates how he feels like he’s less
than the other guys in his school because of his size. Even his gym teacher can tell
that his confidence is lacking. In a final attempt to change his size,
Mark orders a body-building kit that was advertised in the back of
one of his comic books. Mark is just really hoping that
the body-building kit will help him become totally buff before
the beginning of eighth grade. If that were to happen, he might have just enough confidence
to talk to his crush, Lisa. But before he can get to eighth grade,
Mark has to go through the summer of 1977. Because it’s summer, Mark is stuck doing
swim team races and going to the beach, taking his shirt off, all stuff that
he hates being short and skinny. Luckily for Mark there is one amazing
thing to come out the summer and that is the first Star Wars movie. Star Wars completely inspires Mark to
start a project that he will obsess over for the rest of the summer. And as fun as the book sounds,
it also looks great and is in full color comic panel style. And that was Short &
Skinny by Mark Tatulli. [DING] If you want a new spin on a classic
novel, you should check out the To Kill a Mockingbird graphic novel
that was illustrated and adapted by Fred Fordham and
originally written by Harper Lee. So of course, this graphic novel is an adaptation of the
original book that was published in 1960. But it still tells the same story of
Scout Finch, her brother Jem, and her father Atticus. This book takes place in the South
during the Great Depression, and it starts during the summer when
Scout and Jem become friends with a new boy named Dill who comes to
live with his aunt for the summer. Scout, Jem, and Dill become fast friends,
and they hang out every day. They’re also really interested in
this one house on their street called the Radley Place. To them, the house has almost a haunted
quality because there’s a man who lives inside named Boo Radley, who hasn’t
left the house since he was a teenager. No one really knows why Boo Radley
stays inside all the time, so it’s a big mystery. Overall, even though it’s
the Great Depression and a lot of families aren’t doing so well in
the South, the Finch family is doing okay. Jem and Scout’s dad, Atticus,
is actually a lawyer. But when Atticus, who is white, decides to
defend a local black man in a court case, Scout and
Jem end up seeing racism firsthand. The court case, and what happens after,
really push Scout, Jem, and Dill to look at their
neighborhood differently. The court case really opens their
eyes to prejudice, hate, and racism in their own community. So this is a full-color graphic novel,
and there isn’t really that much text throughout, even though
it’s adapted from a full text novel. You still get the same story. This book just reads like a regular
comic or graphic novel, so it’s absolutely perfect for
those of you who have to read the book for school, or if you loved the book and if
you just wanna get a different spin on it. And that was the To Kill A Mockingbird
graphic novel, adapted and illustrated by Fred Fordham and
originally written by Harper Lee. [DING] So those are all of
the artistic books that I have for you today, but as always, make sure to
leave a comment in the section down below if you have any other graphic novels
that you are loving right now. Don’t forget to like this video. Don’t forget to subscribe to
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