books read in May

Again, this list is a little pathetic but I have THREE books I should finish within the next week that I started in May. But these are books I actually finished…which explains why the list is mostly comics LOL.

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel TowerTricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As Pizzoli points out himself in the author’s notes, if this story wasn’t true, it would be unbelievable. Great little book that uses some unique art styles to get the story across. This would be perfect to share with a budding artists who might need to learn how inspiration can come from anywhere, including a crazy con man’s story!

Roller GirlRoller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked up ‘Roller Girl’ on a whim when I saw it on our new books cart. The artwork looked cute and roller derby fascinates me (even though everything I know about it was from the movie ‘Whip It’). What I found was a fantastic story about those awkward early teen years, when life goes from black and white to gray. And not in a bad way, but understanding that growing up means change.

You will identify with Astrid, even if you’re not into roller derby or sports of any kind.

If you liked ‘Smile’ or ‘El Deafo’ or any other recent graphic novel memoir that is just about becoming who you are, then you will love ‘Roller Girl’.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was above and beyond what I expected. It reminded me of Adventure Time with its wild and unique way of approaching a story. Quirky, hilarious, and lots of strong female leads. Appropriate for kids and teens and adults. I wish summer camp had been like this! I loved every page and I cannot wait for Volume 2!

Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a WeaponHawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was really fun, a great side adventure for one of the non “super” Avengers. I loved how each chapter started with the line “this isn’t as bad as it looks” LOL. Oh Hawkeye. I think I liked this version more than the big screen version. I would love to see this made into a movie or series, ala Daredevil. Looking forward to the second volume.

Avengers Super SidekickAvengers Super Sidekick by Marvel Comics
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

CUTEST THING! I’m trying to figure out how to turn this book into a storytime activity. If you know anyone who is an Avengers fan and happens to have kids, this book will make them love you forever.