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Wonderfully Wordless: The 500 Most Recommended Graphic Novels and Picture Books

Wonderfully Wordless: The 500 Most Recommended Graphic Novels and Picture Books Languages and literature Reference Reviews Volume 31 · Number 5 · 2017 · 18-22 between melted and molten: both mean stated in the subtitle, I am considerably more rendered from a solid to a liquid state by heat, interested in comics and graphic novels than but the first is used of substances which melt at picture books. And although there are comics for comparatively low temperatures (melted snow, children and adults, it is much rarer to find a ice, fat, butter, wax, plastic), the second of those picture book for adults. So this volume presents usually thought of as hard and solid and which an uneasy mix of graphic novels aimed at melt only at very high temperatures (molten different readerships – and children’s story metal, rock, glass). Then there is nervy, which books. It is also true to say that the vast majority has different, and indeed almost opposite, of the titles considered are of the picture book meanings in Britain (nervous, jumpy) and variety, with some comics included. It would America (bold, brash, having lots of nerve) and appear that having “graphic novels” as first in nipple, which has only an anatomical meaning in the title was a ploy to interest readers interested Britain, but it America means what in Britain is in that field. It leads one to speculate that the called a teat. A final example of the difference author possibly had little interest in comics as a between American and British usage not subject in itself. addressed is the American use of snicker, which Another difficulty which comes with the in British English would be snigger (even the mixing of the forms is that there is an all age American spellchecker on this computer objects category in comics that does not equate with to that word!), perhaps because of similar racial other books – which are more rigidly split into sensitivities to those associated with niggardly. junior, teen or adult books. So, various all ages Despite my strictures, most of this book is comics are strictly labelled along with the picture useful and, like Hamilton says of the full version, books, such as Mister I from Lewis Trondheim of general interest and even enjoyable. But being for three to seven year olds. The book, Butterfield is far too reticent about condemning however, is an interesting exercise in silent usages which are simply wrong, and also I fear graphic storytelling, an aspect which may that, like most such works, it will be least used interest adults. by those who need it most. The book does get more interesting in Ray Ward chapter 30, called Graphic Novels for Teens. In Committee Member and Trustee, this section, we have multiple works by Jim Queen’s English Society, London, UK Woodring, Peter KuPer, Thomas Ott and others. Here, they are all given a 12 rating. This is problematic when applied to Thomas RR 2017/132 Ott, some of whose work is terrifying. The Wonderfully Wordless: The 500 Most chapter also has comics such as Masashi Recommended Graphic Novels and Tanaka’s Gon, a manga adventure starring a tiny Picture Books dinosaur. Anyone following this volume’s advice would not give that to a reader under 12, which William Patrick Martin would deprive them of a very enjoyable story for Rowman & Littlefield children. Lanham, MD and London There is a tradition of this kind of categorisation in libraries, where teen is often the xvii  315 pp. default section that most graphic novels are ISBN 978 1 4422 54770 (print); ISBN 978 1 4422 5478 7 placed into in their systems. Child and mature (e-book) readers’ graphic novels left to be ignored next to other teenage fiction and non-fiction. So, teen is £24.95 $38 often “where graphic novels go to die”. Keywords Fiction, Visual media, Graphic novels, So for a reader primarily interested in graphic Picture books, Illustration novels, the book has a few areas of interest. For Review DOI 10.1108/RR-04-2017-0096 someone needing to research children’s picture books, it is probably much more suited and This book starts with the claim in the relevant to what they would find useful. An introduction that this is “the only comprehensive additional nit-pick is the omission of an guide to illustration-only books on the alphabetised index of book titles. contemporary scene”. The problem for me as a David Robertson reader is that although there are definitely areas of connection between the two forms of book Freelance Reviewer, Arbroath, UK http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reference Reviews Emerald Publishing

Wonderfully Wordless: The 500 Most Recommended Graphic Novels and Picture Books

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Languages and literature Reference Reviews Volume 31 · Number 5 · 2017 · 18-22 between melted and molten: both mean stated in the subtitle, I am considerably more rendered from a solid to a liquid state by heat, interested in comics and graphic novels than but the first is used of substances which melt at picture books. And although there are comics for comparatively low temperatures (melted snow, children and adults, it is much rarer to find a ice, fat, butter, wax, plastic), the second of those picture book for adults. So this volume presents usually thought of as hard and solid and which an uneasy mix of graphic novels aimed at melt only at very high temperatures (molten different readerships – and children’s story metal, rock, glass). Then there is nervy, which books. It is also true to say that the vast majority has different, and indeed almost opposite, of the titles considered are of the picture book meanings in Britain (nervous, jumpy) and variety, with some comics included. It would America (bold, brash, having lots of nerve) and appear that having “graphic novels” as first in nipple, which has only an anatomical meaning in the title was a ploy to interest readers interested Britain, but it America means what in Britain is in that field. It leads one to speculate that the called a teat. A final example of the difference author possibly had little interest in comics as a between American and British usage not subject in itself. addressed is the American use of snicker, which Another difficulty which comes with the in British English would be snigger (even the mixing of the forms is that there is an all age American spellchecker on this computer objects category in comics that does not equate with to that word!), perhaps because of similar racial other books – which are more rigidly split into sensitivities to those associated with niggardly. junior, teen or adult books. So, various all ages Despite my strictures, most of this book is comics are strictly labelled along with the picture useful and, like Hamilton says of the full version, books, such as Mister I from Lewis Trondheim of general interest and even enjoyable. But being for three to seven year olds. The book, Butterfield is far too reticent about condemning however, is an interesting exercise in silent usages which are simply wrong, and also I fear graphic storytelling, an aspect which may that, like most such works, it will be least used interest adults. by those who need it most. The book does get more interesting in Ray Ward chapter 30, called Graphic Novels for Teens. In Committee Member and Trustee, this section, we have multiple works by Jim Queen’s English Society, London, UK Woodring, Peter KuPer, Thomas Ott and others. Here, they are all given a 12 rating. This is problematic when applied to Thomas RR 2017/132 Ott, some of whose work is terrifying. The Wonderfully Wordless: The 500 Most chapter also has comics such as Masashi Recommended Graphic Novels and Tanaka’s Gon, a manga adventure starring a tiny Picture Books dinosaur. Anyone following this volume’s advice would not give that to a reader under 12, which William Patrick Martin would deprive them of a very enjoyable story for Rowman & Littlefield children. Lanham, MD and London There is a tradition of this kind of categorisation in libraries, where teen is often the xvii  315 pp. default section that most graphic novels are ISBN 978 1 4422 54770 (print); ISBN 978 1 4422 5478 7 placed into in their systems. Child and mature (e-book) readers’ graphic novels left to be ignored next to other teenage fiction and non-fiction. So, teen is £24.95 $38 often “where graphic novels go to die”. Keywords Fiction, Visual media, Graphic novels, So for a reader primarily interested in graphic Picture books, Illustration novels, the book has a few areas of interest. For Review DOI 10.1108/RR-04-2017-0096 someone needing to research children’s picture books, it is probably much more suited and This book starts with the claim in the relevant to what they would find useful. An introduction that this is “the only comprehensive additional nit-pick is the omission of an guide to illustration-only books on the alphabetised index of book titles. contemporary scene”. The problem for me as a David Robertson reader is that although there are definitely areas of connection between the two forms of book Freelance Reviewer, Arbroath, UK

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