Non-fiction can be a tough subject for younger readers to grasp. The subject matter may not be interesting, the text could be written in a way that doesn’t appeal to them or the content requires background information in order to comprehend what they’re reading. Originally published in 1985, Jungle Fighters: A Firsthand Account of the Forgotten New Guinea Campaign by Jules Archer is a great book for ages 12 and up because it deals with the a complex and brutal time in history in a way that young readers can digest.

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Jungle Fighters is nonfiction written from a firsthand account of WWII in New Guinea. This is an approachable and educational page turner for ages 12 and up.

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That’s (Not) Mine is instant fun for all (ages)

by Daddy Mojo on February 7, 2016

Some books that we read take a moment for their cuteness to be realized. Other books are immediately catchy, ones that can be read on many levels and have artwork that adds to the experience. That’s (Not) Mine is easily in the second category.  This second book from Anna Kang with illustrations by Christopher Weyant features the same characters from I Am (Not) Small and delivers belly laughs to children 7 and younger.

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That’s (Not) Mine is the second book by Anna Kang and Christoper Weyant. It’s as good, if not more charming then their first (already fabulous) book

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The Superbowl Sunday Collectors Con in Atlanta, Feb 7

February 6, 2016

The event has two fabulous artist/animators appearing. Both of them will not be charging for autographs and have a body of work that will impress new comic book fans, as well as, old school folks from back in the day.
Robert Pope is an artist whose work I knew, but never knew that I knew until I interviewed him. He’s been drawing Scooby-Doo and Peanuts, both titles we’ve highlighted many times during our weekly all age comic book run down. We also have it on good authority that there will many tables with $1 comics and probably some tables with $5 graphic novels. If you have a young reader in the house it’s an excellent time to stock up on things.

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New all age comics for February 3, 2016

February 3, 2016

One of our favorite books has a new trade paperback. Lumberjanes Volume 3 collects issues 9-12 of this great series for anyone. The new Back to The Future comic has Doc Brown and his newly fixed flux capacitor trying to get the gang back together. Throw in some Doctor Who and Angry Birds and it’s a busy week for fans of this genre.
The humor folks have their pick of the litter between two Walt Disney titles, Regular Show, My Little Pony, Looney Tunes and many more. Hero Cats are the world’s most feline super heroes. This is a great book with story and art that defy their normally sleepy and laser pointer obsessed subject matter.

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Fantastic Fugitives makes non-fiction reading fun for tweens

February 2, 2016

Some of the people that author Brianna DuMont writes about will be known to middle scholars, while others will be brand new. Nelson Mandela and Harriet Tubman are two of the people that are featured that will be of interest to students especially during Black History Month. Every profile is written in a very fun, playful and conversational manner. Even more surprising is how Fantastic Fugitives manages to make stories about Koxinga, Typhoid Mary or Mary, Queen of Scots entertaining.

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44 minutes of relaxation on Netflix #StreamTeam

January 30, 2016

Toss in some parallel story items about civil liberties and you’ve got a show that will keep you hooked throughout Continuum’s entire run. Person of Interest is our night-in of television when the wife and I just want to have fun and enjoy some solid network caliber programming. Luther, on the other hand was my go-to show for a week. I watched every episode and then immediately wished that I didn’t watch them so that I could watch them again for the first time.

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Kung Fu Panda 3, mo Po and flow for families to go

January 28, 2016

As things do, in sleepy Chinese mountain towns with anthropomorphic warriors, a stranger, Li (played by Bryan Cranston) comes to town bemoaning his inability to find his son who looks just like him. The more discerning adult fans will like the varied animation styles in Kung Fu Panda 3. We expect it to look top notch in major release films like this, but they add some nice twists by adding a splash of kung fu noir or 60’s style animation. It also helps that the spirit world aspects of the film are on a big canvas. The spaces are huge and the battle sequences there really have room to move, run and be creative.

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New all age comics for January 20, 2016

January 20, 2016

The Fables is the stuff of middle Earth and their counterparts and Jim Henson’s Storyteller Dragons #2 and Usagi Yojimbo #151 are out this week. Storyteller Dragons is great for kids 10 and up, due to the bigger words. The art in this book is amazing and is our personal favorite now. Usagi Yojimbo is great for 6 and older, but the younger ages probably won’t want to read it. It’s the story of a anthropomorphic ninja rabbit in Japan and each issue has great action and a really great story. This is one of our go-to comics and kids who like something different, but oh-so excellent, will relish the experience and come back to this title over and over.

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