We’ve been late to good parties before and it’s frustrating. Hilo, The Great Big Boom by Judd Winick is the third book in the Hilo series and I’m just joining this party. Is it an apt metaphor to compare a graphic novel to a party?  Let’s define party as having a fun time, smiling when you’re listening to their stories, not wanting it to end and liking the characters who are there with you. Using that, as well as a slightly boarder definition of party, Hilo, The Great Big Boom is something that kids 7 and up will absolutely love.

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Hilo, The Great Big Boom is a graphic novel that kids 6 and up need to have. It’s funny, action packed and creative-plus it will be in their library for a long, long time.


We read a graphic novel like this recently. It was something that I only knew the bare bones about and it succeeded in being wildly entertaining beyond our expectations. It’s not that there were low expectations; we just didn’t know enough about it on purpose. The Girl With All The Gifts is a zombie film like no other. It plays to a few zombie movie tropes while gathering up most of them and (thankfully) throwing them out the window. The result is an utterly original film that simmers at a low boil for a majority of the film, expertly weaving together a taut, disparate vision of the near future.

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Suffice it to say that The Girl With All The Gifts is not for children. As a parent, in no way shape or form would I allow a child of mine 16 or under to watch this. It’s rated R for good reason due to language, graphic violence, disturbing images and perilous situations.

The Girl With All The Gifts is a well crafted, tense, gory and dark zombie film for adults. It’s also one of the better films you’ll see in cinemas this year.


New all age comic books this week

February 21, 2017

Our favorite graphic novel this week is Hi Lo, The Great Big Boom. This is the third book in the series and its joy, enthusiasm and fun jumps off of the page. Hi Lo is a robot from another dimension who is on Earth with D.J. and Gina, his human friends. Hi Lo, The Great Big Boom picks up where the second one ended, with D.J and Hi Lo watching Gina get sucked into another dimension. The two friends plot on how to find her, deal with the new species they meet, Hi Lo’s history and more. This is a graphic novel that ages 7 and up will absolutely devour and then look at you with puppy dog eyes as if you have the next installment hidden away.

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Help Pete the Cat become a real puppet at Center for Puppetry Arts

February 20, 2017

Now, combine that with the fact that Center for Puppetry Arts still has ongoing puppet shows. Pete the Cat is coming to Center for Puppetry Arts, but they need your help. Through March 2 they’re raising money to get this show off the ground. Hat’s off to the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for DOUBLING the amount of each donation through that time period.
The mere thought of Pete the Cat in puppet form at Center for Puppetry Arts makes you smile, doesn’t it?

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Win a family 4-pack of tickets to Monster Jam on March 4

February 19, 2017

Monster Jam is a live motorsport event that’s operated by Feld Entertainment. There is more to Monster Jam than you might realize. It’s broken up into two parts. The first is a competition, where two trucks go head-to-head on a short track. They’ll do two laps of the course and the winner will then go on to face the next field of wining trucks. Eventually the fastest two trucks will face each other and the results will make ages 5 and up yell, scream and be enthusiastic beyond your wildest dreams.

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Toilet paper rolls fly high at Launch Party for National Geographic Kids

February 17, 2017

National Geographic Kids can accept any size or brand of toilet-paper-rolls for this attempt at a Guinness World Record. All they ask is that the rolls have no toilet paper on them. So, use all of the toilet paper, there’s nothing wrong with those last couple of squares. That’s actually where they keep the really soft pieces….
All of the toilet-paper-rolls have to be received by May 10, 2017 and they’re hoping to collect 5,000 rolls, so keep on doing what you’re doing, just save the rolls and have the kids be part of history.

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NewsPrints is the first great original graphic novel of 2017

February 16, 2017

NewsPrints takes place in a time before modern technology, but when people can envision advancements and the military is actively building them.
That unique time period allows readers to really lose themselves in the innocence of those that don’t know, such as Blue and question the purposes of Crow and others. NewsPrints is a great graphic novel for anyone. The main character is a girl, but boys will love the action that follows her as she goes around town. The content in the graphic novel is OK for any age, but the reading level required makes it appropriate for ages seven and up.

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Benny and Penny, How to Say Goodbye keeps it real and it works

February 15, 2017

How To Say Goodbye is unexpectedly fabulous. It tells a story that kids don’t need to hear every day, but do need to be aware of it. This book weaves together a disparate number of complex lessons into a vehicle that will make them think and ultimately leave them with a smile.
It’s also worth nothing that this book works for the elderly too. I was seeing my father recently and one of his friends at the assisted living facility asked if she could read the book. I said sure thing, but it’s a children’s book. After reading the book she gave me a wry look and said, “that is a lesson that any age can learn”.

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