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May 07, 2007

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On the other hand, our son couldn't stop talking about Sticky Burr for weeks after the first reading. He has become, cough, quite attached to the story.

I think we really need to hold graphic novels to the same storytelling standards as we do "regular" fiction for children. Just because the information is presented in sequential illustrations doesn't give them a pass when it comes to weak plots.

If it helps, I find that the best way to examine the differences between a comic book and a graphic novel are like contrasting the differences between short stories and novels. All attempt to tell a story but their aims are very different. A short story/comic book aims to tell a simple story, the graphic/novel aims for a more complicated story arc with very different character development.

I don't happen to think you're reading too much into this or any other kid's book

Many thanks, David, and I like your analogy. I'm perhaps not as enamored of graphic novels as everyone else. I'm open to new ideas, but I just need more convincing. Do we sacrifice some character development to make room for all those cool action sequences? Otherwise it becomes more like television on paper, methinks.

I think the real value of graphic novels are for kids who are less visual than those who love just plain text. Also, they help bring kids into reading who may not otherwise be resistant to the idea.

Also, by pairing pictures with words, graphic novels help kids grow their vocabulary.

I wouldn't be the man I am today if it wasn't for Superman, Atom Ant and the Justice League. ;--)

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