Top Ten Tuesday: My favorite graphic novels/memoirs/biographies/information books.
1. Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan...love this collection of little quirky stories by one the best in the field. Graphic 'short stories'.
2. Blankets by Craig Thompson...wonderful illustrations in this compelling coming-of-age story. Graphic novel.
3. Stitches by David Small... the artist uses illustrations to tell his own story about his horrifying childhood with a mentally ill mother and a father whose doctoring actually gave him cancer. Graphic memoir.
4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson...more complicated than just a superhero/antihero story. Graphic novel.
5. March, Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell...actually I love the whole series about the American hero: John Lewis. Graphic autobiography.
6. Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland...I love this graphic biography of an American icon. Quirky illustrations lend to its charm.
7. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki...the best coming-of-age book I've ever read (outside of To Kill a mockingbird, of course.) Graphic novel.
8. Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang...Yang is an award-winning novelist. This collection of two books explains the Boxer Rebellion in China from two points of few. It is EXCELLENT. Graphic information book.
9. Pyongyang: A Journey Into North Korea by Guy DeLisle...the artist Guy DeLisle spent time in North Korea working on a project. This book is an enlightening information book highlighting what life is like in this closed-off country.
10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Nancy Butler...a favorite novel and a charming graphic novel.
11. Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disorder by Nadia Shivack...a sadly enlightening book about what it is like to live with a eating disorder. Graphic memoir.
12. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis... wow, just wow. The illustrations in this graphic memoir are so detailed.
13. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman...a graphic retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story with absolutely gorgeous illustrations by Chris Riddell.
14. The Arrival by Shaun Tan...this graphic novel about the immigrant experience has no words at all. Tan is one of my favorite illustrators. He is so creative.