Strange Stories for Strange Kids

Edited by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly; RAW Junior, 2001; pp. 64

Plot: This book is an assortment of short works of 18 cartoonists and graphic artists.

Genre: Comics

Reading Level: All ages

Review: This collection of works has something for reluctant readers and graphic novel diehards alike. The book is edited by Art Spiegelman (Maus), so need I say more? The cover, designed by Charles Burns, features a lime green alien sporting a purple unitard reading a startled young boy’s comic book collection. Humor, irony, and subversive thoughts abound in this wonderful book. Younger readers will find Where’s Waldo-esque challenges and a comic strip by Maurice Sendak that is reminiscent of I Don’t Care, Pierre. Older and adult readers will find plenty of satisfying art and storylines. My favorite was “Mr. Frost” by Posy Simmonds, who like several of the artists is female. (Thank you, editors, for including female artists in this often male-dominated genre.)

Awards: None. What gives?!

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