Youth Book Corner: A Comic Celebration

Saturday, May 2 is Free Comic Book Day, an annual event when participating comic bookstores give away comic books for free to people who walk into the store. This year’s Free Comic Book Day has been cancelled due to COVID-19, but our Outreach Coordinator Leena Desai has a few recommendations of comic books and graphic novels that you can order from your local bookstore.

Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy: Time Trout
Written and illustrated by Doug Savage

After battling aliens, a mutant fish bear, a deceptively cute chickadee, and an evil cyborg porcupine, Laser Moose and his trusty sidekick Rabbit Boy have to confront a time-travelling fish in this third book in the Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy series. Author Doug Savage directs his unique humour to a time-travelling tale that middle-graders will find equal parts entertaining and immersive. Grades 2-7


Yorick and Bones
Written by Jeremy Tankard and Hermione Tankard, illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

Author of the bestselling Grumpy Bird picture books, Jeremy Tankard and his daughter Hermoine bring their love for Shakespeare to this funny graphic novel inspired by the dead court jester of Hamlet. Yorick’s skeleton has just been dug up by Bones, a hungry dog, but much to Bones’ dismay, he can’t continue chomping on Yorick as he is now walking and talking in Shakespearean English. Join these two as they discover the world together and become two unlikely companions. Grades 3-7


A Year Without Mom
Written and illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova

Dasha is a twelve-year-old, living with her mother and grandmother in 1990s Moscow. Dasha is on the cusp of teenagehood when her mother decides to leave her in the care of her grandmother and move to America for work. This moving, subtly illustrated graphic novel follows Dasha’s journey as she navigates the experience of living away from her mother, while also undergoing other changes in life. Grades 5-8


This Place: 150 Years Retold

This Place: 150 Years Retold is a graphic novel anthology that features an all-star cast of Indigenous authors such as David A. Robertson, Richard Van Camp, Katherena Vermette, and many more. With a foreword by noted Indigenous writer Alicia Elliott, This Place: 150 Years Retold retells the history of Canada from the perspective of the Indigenous peoples and includes stunning artwork and stories that feature everything, from mythology and time travel to psychic battles and wonderworks. Grades 9-12


Familiar Face
Written and illustrated by Michael DeForge

Toronto-based graphic novelist Michael DeForge’s Familiar Face deals with what happens when you are the sole familiar face in a world that is changing radically every day. The novel’s narrator works for the government’s complaints department, reading the stories of people who cannot adjust to their new normal life of waking up every day with altered bodies, in unrecognizable apartments, located in unrecognizable neighbourhoods. Replete with colourful and surreal images, Familiar Face explores our biggest fears of what would happen if we lived in a Black Mirror-esque world. Grades 11-12


Leena Desai