Suggestions for a 9yr's old graphic novel?

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Suggestions for a 9yr's old graphic novel?

1reading_fox
Oct 9, 2019, 5:54am

I enjoy buying books for my nephews, but I'm struggling a bit this year.

From the boy's parents: "On the one hand, he loves stories, I read to him pretty much every night, and he can get really into it. He reads well and quickly and he's perfectly capable of following and enjoying a complex narrative all by himself.
On the other hand, he claims he doesn't like books without pictures, and is currently refusing to read to himself anything which doesn't have any. Given a book with pictures - there are some of my comics he really likes - he'll read very happily to himself for ages.

So a suitable comic could be good? I would go for something witty and with a twisty and surprising narrative over something more obvious and fighty - I think he needs something more subtle and complex to keep him engaged. He loves clever jokes and puns."

Any suggestions?! I don't really know the picture/graphic novel scene very well but thought maybe an adaption of a longer story might work?

2Cynfelyn
Oct 10, 2019, 2:01pm

Asterix has got to be an obvious answer.

Fungus the bogeyman, The snowman and (depending on the child) When the wind blows by Raymond Briggs have got to be in there.

For illustrated novels, mine really enjoyed Brian Selznick's The invention of Hugo Cabret. Also some of Terry Pratchett's universe, especially The last hero. She also thoroughly enjoyed Chris Riddell's Goth Girl series, although, boys being boys, you may have to arrange for your nephews to accidentally come across your copies of those.

3reading_fox
Oct 11, 2019, 4:34am

>2 Cynfelyn: - I probably should have said that Asterix has already been read, but yes thanks. I'll look at the others, Fungus is an especially good idea.

4merrystar
Modifié : Oct 15, 2019, 12:18am

Both my kids adored Asterix as well :)

My daughter (who just turned 10) enjoys collections of Calvin and Hobbes comics.

Paul Stewart's "Far-Flung Adventure" trilogy might work -- Fergus Crane is the first one. It has illustrations and line drawings on nearly every page.

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman is a lot of fun.

Have you considered non-fiction? My kids both love What If? which is absurdity and science all rolled in one. I didn't get hold of it until my son was older, but my daughter at 9 read it independently.

5Cynfelyn
Oct 14, 2019, 2:55am

Tin Tin is another perennial, although it's never quite been my cup of tea.

On a bit of a tangent, if the family takes a newspaper (so many don't these days) and he enjoys the cartoons, how about the annual volumes, e.g. Giles (Express), If... (Guardian), Andy Capp (Mirror?), Alex (Independent), Fred Bassett (Daily Mail). And if he enjoys a bit of history, you can supply the context.

Thinking of history, have you tried the Horrible History series? Plenty of pictures there.

6Juli23
Oct 1, 2020, 9:15am

merrystar, yes my brother lovesss calvin and hobbes! He is 9... if you're wondering yeah I'm a kid: 6th grader