spreading the talent

Comics for Kids That Adults Can Enjoy

Article by Rick Pipito:

Start your kids off early with reading.  With all of the media today, it is difficult to get your kids to read when they can so easily get buried in technology.  My daughter is three years old, and my son is almost two.  As a writer, I’ve always told them stories and read them books.  Then, my daughter’s imagination began to grow, and I had to compensate.  I found something that is absolutely great for young children.  Graphic Novels.

A man named Eric Shanower, as well as artist Scottie Young, have brought to life one of my favorite series of novels.  L Frank Baum’s Oz stories are being published by Marvel Comics.  I managed to snag a copy of “The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz,” “The Marvelous Land Of Oz,” and “Ozma of Oz.”  Currently in the works is “Dorothy and The Wizard In Oz.”  These are the first four novels in Baum’s original series and the stories have been converted faithfully.  The character designs are unique, but fitting, and the stories flow well.

As I read the three graphic novels to my daughter (using unique voices for each character) I soon found she wanted more.  That is when I searched for Eric Shanower’s other works.  Apparently, before he scored a deal with Marvel, he had worked with IDW publishing to do some of the other Oz stories that weren’t full novels.  “Little Adventures In Oz Book 1 and Book 2” were two others that became a great read.

While waiting for the next full release in the Oz series of comics, I decided to search for other classic tales, and found that Dynamite Entertainment did “The Complete Alice In Wonderland.”  This graphic novel is also true to the original Lewis Carroll books.  It includes “Alice In Wonderland” and “Through The Looking Glass,” plus has some bonus poems in the back.  Although the language is a little more poetic than the Oz works, it still is entertaining for my two children.

I highly recommend getting your kids in to reading in this manner.  It expands their imaginations, and you’d be surprised in what they remember.  The stories work well for girls and boys, as well as myself as an adult.  Although sCrypt Comics is currently portraying horror, there are many other things in the works, including my first children’s book from a few years back called “A Little Girl In The Land Of The Hiccups.” 

Have you found other graphic novels or comics that would be great for kids or that have translated well from the original fairy tales?  If so, please comment.  I’m always in search for a good recommendation.

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