The Suitcase Lady


May 8, 2012, 10:17 pm

I should be a fan of graphic novels. As a kid, I spent some of my happiest hours at my Aunt’s lake cottage on rainy days with my cousins and a crate of old comic books.

Children’s picture books are also sheer delight for me with their splendid commingling of sparse text and explanatory art….not unlike a scaled down graphic novel.

Inexplicably, the newest literary genre, the graphic novel, does not appeal to me. But last week I had a breakthrough.

I was working in a third grade classroom with an amazingly creative teacher. She was eager to share the results of the “writers’ workshops” that she does with her students. Their mini graphic novels have made me a convert to the form.

Here is my favorite selection. I dare you to read “The Zombie Tacos” and not laugh. Thank goodness some teachers still know that there is more to education than just teaching to the test.

A movie of this mini graphic novel follows. Below the movie is a link for a page by page view.

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The Zombie Tacos


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5 Comments for this entry

  • Dan Sheehan on Facebook

    Check out Daytripper by Gabriel Ba. Not a comedy but the narrative is great and it hits home with all ages

  • Mary

    Dan! I will definitely get the book….thanks for the suggestion. Also…keep the world laughing, we are all in need of that now!

  • Alan Sanderfoot on Facebook

    I love how graphic novels have engaged a lot of reluctant readers. Maus is a great example of a spectacular graphic novel that teaches history as well as key literary elements — and students can’t put it down! In fact, I’ve had great success getting reluctant writers to put pen to paper when they’ve been allowed to tell their stories in graphic novel form. I personally don’t read many graphic novels, but I appreciate how they fill a void for people not drawn to traditional writings.

  • Dan Sheehan on Facebook

    Maus is brilliant, they just released an introspective view on it called meta maus, very cool to read. Graphic novels and comics are the closest thing that modern America has to myth, especially in the case of superheroes

  • Diane Loborec Sheehan on Facebook

    I read “Presepolis”. Written by Mariane Satrapi, about a young girls life growing up in Tehran during the Revolution. I am not a graphic novel reader, but found that series fascinating.