Friday, February 03, 2012

Graphic Novel: Nina in That Makes Me Mad!

Preschoolers and kindergarten kids will immediately identify with the things that make Nina mad.

"When you get mad at me and I didn't do it..."

"When you don't let me help..."

"When I try and it doesn't work..."

Each of these utterly common situations is illustrated with a cartoon-format, one-page spread. Nina's family are a typical busy bunch, with a baby brother and two harried parents doing the best they can. Nina's expressions and feelings are spot-on, and any parent will recognize the signs of mounting frustration, and impending tantrums.

It's very unusual to find a graphic/cartoon title for the preschool set, and this one does an excellent job of introducing the genre. At the back of the book, there's a parent section on how to read comics with kids: helpful suggestions include guiding young readers in interpreting text, pointing out comic style features, like speech bubbles, and allowing kids lots of time to read, re-read, and guess what's happening next based on the illustrations.

A good first introduction to graphica, excellent for ages 4-5.

Graphic Novel
Ages 4-5
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