Thursday, December 22, 2005

Tommysaurus Rex

Just got in some new graphic novels and started reading this one right away: Tommysaurus Rex by Doug TenNapel. This is the story of Ely, a boy who's dog gets killed by a car. To make up for it , his folks let him live on the farm with his grandpa for the summer. While there he finds a Tyrannosaurus Rex hidden in a cave. The dinosaur becomes his new pet. He's particualarly handy at defending Ely against the neighborhood bully!

Black and white illustrations tell this fun story. It's definitely worth a read!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Nobody Particular

Well, lately I've ordered quite a few non-fiction graphic novels. The one I read most recently is Nobody Particular: One Woman's Fight to Save the Bays by Molly Bang. Although this looks like a children's picture book in a lot of ways, it's a very serious topic. When Texas shrimper Diane Wilson discovers she lives in on of the most polluted counties in the U.S., she goes on a crusade against one of the largest chemical companies in the world. Her goal is to save the Texas bays she, her father and grandfather had shrimped and fished on their whole lives.

Another recent addition to the collection is Fallout: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and the Political Science of the Atomic Bomb by Jim Ottaviani. In a unique way, the writer tells the story of the Manhattan Project, the group of scientists who created the atomic bomb later used to end World War II through its decimation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

Both books cover serious topics and are definitely worth taking a look at!