Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Books With Looks

When Words and Images Unite

Is a picture really worth a thousand words? How about a drawing? A painting? A sketch? The books below combine words with images to tell some really amazing stories! (Click on any title to reserve a copy at a CCPL branch, or click here to search our e-books.)

Having just lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, 12-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home to find the father he's never known in New York City. There, he meets Rose, who is also longing for something that's missing from her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's is told in pictures.

Hugo is an orphan, clock keeper, and thief. He lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. Yet, his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station. Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy.

Illustrated by Jim Kay

Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But this isn't the monster from his nightmares, the one he hasn't been able to escape since his mother began her fight against cancer. No, this monster is ancient and wild. And he wants something from Conor: the truth.

A family tragedy sets Jacob on a journey to a remote island off Wales where he discovers the crumbling ruins of an old orphanage for peculiar children. As he explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he realizes that the children were more than just peculiar. They might have been dangerous. And they might still be alive.

Emerson Blackwood, a young nature scientist, travels across the globe learning about the world of dangerous, secret supernatural creatures—not to mention the mayhem and chaos they create for human beings. 

Nobody Owens would be quite normal, if he didn't live in a graveyard being raised by ghosts with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. Sure, there are adventures in the graveyard—an ancient Indigo Man and a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls. But Bod cannot leave, or he will face Jack, the man who killed his family.

Bored and looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door in her new home and finds a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own. There, she must challenge the gruesome entity posing as her mother if she's to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three other children.

Check out these 15 short texts, each accompanied by author Shaun Tan's signature black-and-white and full-color artwork that take the mundane world and transform it into a place of magical wonders.

Junior, a budding cartoonist, is growing up on an Indian reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the reservation to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Based on the author's life.

Candy Quackenbush finds herself on the edge of a foreign world of bizarre creatures. There, she must save the Abarat from dark forces older than Time and more evil than anything Candy has ever encountered. She’s a strange heroine, she knows. But this is a strange world.

Greg records his hilarious experiences in middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, just want to survive. But when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

Nikki gets a scholarship to a private middle school as a part of her father's bug-killer contract. There, she deals with the resident mean girl, embarrassing parents, a crush, and new friends.

When Dwight, the class weirdo, shows up at school with a talking origami Yoda, kids tease him. But Yoda seems to know things—and his advice is oddly wise. Is the Force really with him, or has Dwight finally fallen off the deep end?

Sequel: Darth Paper Strikes Back

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