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Zebrafish by Sharon Emerson

I must have seen this book reviewed somewhere recently, and liked the premise enough to immediately put the book on hold at the library.

Artist: Renee Kurilla

Published: 2010

Genre: children’s realistic fiction graphic novel

Length: 120 pages

Setting: a generic University town, present day Continue reading

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Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

I happened to see this graphic novel at the library and picked it up. I’m trying to encourage Miss Adventure to enjoy computer coding more, and I thought a graphic novel about it might help.

Published: 2015

Genre: middle grade graphic novel

Length: 88 pages

Setting: Stately Academy, present day Continue reading

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Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

I happened to see this graphic novel at the library. I remembered enjoying Smile, and figured this would be a safe bet as well.

Published: 2016

Genre: fantastical graphic novel

Length: 240 pages

Setting: Northern California, present day Continue reading

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To Dance by Siena Cherson Siegel

I happened to see this book at the library and picked it up. It’s subtitle is “A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel”, which sounded like something different from what we’ve seen in a graphic novel. So, I brought it home from the library.

Artist: Mark Siegel

Published: 2006

Genre: memoir graphic novel for children

Length: 64 pages

Setting: mostly New York City, late 1970s to the 1980s Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Physicists

We’re continuing to learn about physics, splitting out time between physics and physicists. Mr. Curiosity finished How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog and found it hilarious, and full of good physics ideas. Now he knows all about about evil squirrels and bunnies made of cheese. I’ve also had the kids learn about physicists, and here’s the books we’ve used.

I found a graphic novel of Richard Feynman called, appropriately enough Feynman by Jim Ottaviani. The book covers Feynman’s whole life, jumping back and forth to different periods of his life. It’s definitely targeted toward an older crowd. For one thing, there’s the physics and tricky mathematical equations mentioned. For the other, the pages are pretty dense with blocks of talking heads and little action showing on the page. Feynman was an interesting physicist who certainly had a way with words, but it’s not like he did exciting-looking activities.

The other book I found is Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World by Rachel Swaby. It covers women who made significant contributions in medicine, biology, genetics, physics, geology, astronomy, math, and as inventors. Within each category, the scientists are presented in chronological order. The author devotes three or four pages to each scientist and her breakthrough research, often discussing how the woman had to fight against discrimination to get her voice heard. Miss Adventure is enjoying reading this one. The books reminds people that women have been involved in science just as much as men, even if our achievements are often ignored or co-opted.

And those are the books we used for physics this week. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

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March: Book Two by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

This graphic novel continues the story started in March: Book One. Mr. Curiosity and I want to see how the story plays out (they still haven’t gotten to the bridge that showed up early in the story) and so we were going to get the next book.

Published: 2015

Genre: graphic novel memoir

Length: 179 pages

Setting: Washington, D. C. in 2009 and various southern locations in the early 1960s Continue reading

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Christmas presents

Christmas was a delightful, low-key affair at our house. The kids were up by 5:15, but let the adults stay in bed until 6:30 – notice I said stay in bed, not sleep since all I could hear was kids feet traipsing up and down the hall near my bed for an hour. The kids got a couple of books for Christmas. They both got graphic novels – Mr. Curiosity got the next Fullmetal Alchemist manga (it even reads backwards – so be forewarned if you pick it up). I think he’s up to volumes 10-12 and he’s still loving the series. Miss Adventure was a bit trickier to buy for, but we ultimately settled on the graphic novel version of Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It won an Eisner Award when it was first published, and continues through six of the Oz books. This one is the story everyone knows from the movie.

Mr. Curiosity got another book for Christmas as well – The Art of Destiny. Destiny is his favorite video game (he bought it for the Xbox and again for the Playstation when we upgraded). This book is full of concept art from the video game – everything from designing the different characters and their supers to the weapons. Every page is full of art, with a bit of text to explain what you’re seeing. If you have a Destiny fan in your life, this is something they would likely enjoy.

I didn’t get any books for Christmas (my husband never knows what to get me, and I like library books anyways). I did get a few great presents, though. My favorite present I didn’t know I wanted was multitool hair clips. Now I can carry around a box cutter and nail file in my hair! My other big gift was a Silhouette Cameo 3. I love doing paper crafts, and this will let me take it to the next level. Plus, it does vinyl for T-shirts or stickers, and glass etching! I sense many projects in my future.

How about you? Did Santa leave you any good books or other presents under the tree?

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