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Monday, May 19, 2014

Papercutz Newest Graphic Novels

As the rains began to pour down once more, my grandsons and I visited the latest preview graphic novels.  So much fun!  I prefer the actual novels, but there is always something delightful about reading a comic layout/graphic novel.  Check these out... they are worth the moments of discover, the memories that comes with sharing something fun, and the intriguing allurement to the amazing graphics.

Title: The Secret of Whale Island (Thea Stilton Graphic Novels Series #1), Author: Thea Stilton  Thea is Geronimo's sister and she teaches journalism at Mouseford Academy.  Of course, she is also a Rodent's Gazette correspondent for all things fashion and in the know.  The school year is just beginning and the five "Thea Sisters," are all excited about the latest fashions, the bling, the global news, the dates, and the Mouseford Big Dance.  With the De Vissen's arrival all things are in a "cyclone" of buzz.  Off shore, the mysterious Orca is causing it's own stir.  While the dance is underway..... well you are going to read it to find out more... aren't you?

OK... they're back, and they are ready for a new audience.  My youngest son was a MMPR fan and it was great letting my oldest grandson enjoy this graphic connection.
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #1: Rita Repulsa's Attitude Adjustment
When an ancient stone idol comes to life and starts blasting everything in its path with a morphing ray, it looks like the world is in pretty deep trouble; but it’s nothing compared to the havoc unleashed when Rita Repulsa gets her hands on it! The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers join the fray, but this new baddie has extra muscle from Squatt and the Putty Patrol. If the team doesn’t get a little help of their own from a trusted friend, this latest mission may be their last!
In 1993, the Power Rangers burst on the scene in an explosion of colorful combat, bizarre monsters, incredible robot battles, and Megazord-sized fun, spawning a global phenomenon and an ever-expanding storytelling universe. Papercutz is proud to present the long-awaited continuing adventures of the team that started it all!
6" x 9", 64pp full-color paperback, $7.99
ISBN 9781597076968 | Diamond MAR141285
6" x 9", 64pp full-color hardcover, $12.99
ISBN 9781597076975 | Diamond MAR141286
The first pages are styled as a computerized bio folder for each of PR.  Then the adventure begins... 
Limbo is still trying to get all the dudes and dudettes caught up to the newest lingo, which is the 1993 quality connection.  These six martial artists are quick changers, full of wisdom and desire to make even the worst see what's right. So as they are keeping their home area running with kindness... 
A discovery comes up out of the sands....  
"A terrifying cross between monster and robot, the assembled giant shakes
free from the dust of the ages and rises to his full fearsome height!"

GERONIMO STILTON #14: "The First Mouse on the Moon"
It's 1969, and the eyes of the whole world are focused on the moon, where the Apollo 11 mission is about to make one giant leap for mousekind. But the time-traveling Pirate Cats are on the scene and they want to sabotage this historic moment with their most audacious and harebrained plan ever. To stop them, Geronimo and his cousin Trap will have to get to the moon first. Fasten your seat belts: a rat-tastic space race is underway!

6.5" x 9", 56pp full-color paper over board, $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-59707-731-6 
This is the best of all the Geronimo's.... or least for my youngest grandson it was.  I prefer the fantasy novel series, so much to look at.  But for my grandson the action packed graphics is way cooler!  Where ever you are headed this summer, add either form of Geronimo to your bag and you will have an adventurous summer filled with outstanding discussion points of interest....

Enjoyable reading for everyone

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MrsK's Reading Bio

Reading is important! No questions asked, not even a blink of the eye from any student I grew up with. On the first day of the First grade, we were given our first books. Day two we all read aloud, round robin of course. Day three we were place in our first basal, now known as a lit circle group. Books were so important, publishers designed new curriculum so that every student was reading by the end of the first week. These early readers had images that looked like what we could see in the classroom, beyond the classroom, even on the big screen. Reading is important, throughout history every generation has believed that “Reading” opens up the world for endless possibilities.

I adore the 1950’s Dick and Jane books. Actually, most reading specialists and experienced (45+) educators believe that every student learned to read with Dick and Jane. Since these books are being re-issued, I have heard many parents, grandparents, and students claim that Dick and Jane stories of repetition does teach students to read.

Early influences from my mother influenced my desire to read. I would watch her read and we would go on “secret” excursions to the library. The library became my playground. I owned every book I could carry home, of course they needed to be taken back to their home after visiting with me for a week or two. My first book that I could pull off of the library shelf and read was, Father Bear Comes Home. I only saw my dad on Sundays for a few hours. I would pull this beginning reader off of the library shelf every week. Every week I would try to read the first chapter. Every week I got further in the story. My mom would let me check it out, only if I could read it myself (She didn’t like the illustrations therefore she didn’t want to take time to read it to me). One day, I pulled the book from the shelf and when mom came to get me from the children’s corner, I realized that I had read the whole story. I ran to the check out desk and the Librarian KERCHUNKED the checkout card. My mother, brother and neighbors read. My teachers read. We all read aloud all day long in school. The Priest read aloud every day at mass, even in Latin. Everybody in the Doctor’s office read. People on the bus read. Dad’s waiting in their cars as the Mom’s and children grocery shopped, read. In fact, once you could read and write, Sunset Magazine considered you a reader and sent you mail every day.

Reading is important; I’ve spent my life reading. I’ve traveled around the world and into space through books. My favorite genre is whichever book I have open at the time. Children’s Literature is my passion. Book clubbing is one of the best past times, especially if food is involved. In fact my friends of old are in a book club and we are about to embark on a beach trip to “read” and discuss our newest selection.

My “home-run” book story has helped every student find his or her own “home-run” reads. Every year, I have shared my, Father Bear Comes Home, and every year my students have brought in their “home-run” books. That’s the “diving board” into our Lit. Studies.

In “Growing Up Digital,” Tapscott’s insights into the new generations enthusiasm for the Net reminded me of my generation’s enthusiasm for reading, movies, TV, parties and our driving permits. The Net-Generation, as Tapscott describes, “are learning, playing, communicating, working, creating communities, and enforcing a social transformation.”
N-Geners are interactive “techies” who are always looking for a way to “work it” verses the TV Generation of “Baby Boomers” who started out looking for “how it works.” Reading development is tougher today, society moves too fast to invest their “non-working” free time into a book or even “home work.” Since I stepped into my own classroom, I have seen students being told to read, being forced to read, and threatened into reading. Homework is not any longer the vehicle for students to gain their future lifestyles or careers with. Yet, the Internet does create an enthusiasm for learning. Since I have been enrolled in these courses, I have used the computers in every subject. My students are using the newest technology in the classroom because I am giving them investigative sites to use as they learn from each other and books. I agree with Tapscott, in order to bridge the gap with this up and coming generation we must “live and learn with them.”

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