A companion volume to The Arrival titled Sketches from a Native Land: http://www.shauntan.net/books.html. Drool.
Ok, as a rule I am pretty wary of “Top 10″ or “Top 100″ or “Best Of” lists…I mean, really, these compilations are just some editor or critic’s opinion on what they think constitutes “good”. However, I do believe that these types of lists hold a certain merit as they expose the reader to works/pieces of art that they might not have been aware of.
Linked below is the Time Magazine “Top 10 Best Graphic Novels” list…it is presented in a slideshow format with reviews by Lev Grossman, Time’s senior book critic (who wrote an awesome book – kind of a cross between Harry Potter and Brett Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero.) It’s certainly interesting to see what graphic novels are considered more worthy of accolades than other, just as it’s interesting to see what graphic narratives are considered more “literary” than others. I think it would be kind of cool if everyone in the class looked at the list and posted a comment with how many out of the ten they have actually read…just two for me!
Comic books unlikely heroes for reluctant readers
There are many negative stereotypes against comic books and graphic novels. Many people find them to be violent and even sometimes downright naughty. They would be the last books you would want in your young child’s hands, but according to this article, comic books can actually be beneficial to your child’s reading ability. It’s just plain simple: They make reading enjoyable. Studies say that boys who read comic books are more literate in later years because they started reading for pleasure at an early age. But looking at the negative stereotypes of graphic novels (which are often derived from truths), is it really moral to just hand kids a comic book and say, “Okay, have fun!”? Do the benefits in this case out-weigh the dangers? Is there even anything to worry about??