Friday, May 28, 2010

Mystery Comics

Pictures may become our global language. From wordless picture books to illustrated novels, books are more visually oriented every day. Comics have always been popular with kids. Book publishers who build on that popularity may bank on it, too.

JOEY FLY, PRIVATE EYE, IN CREEPY CRAWLY CRIME by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Neil Numberman, Henry Holt and Company, 2009.

Just like reruns of Law and Order, Dragnet and Joe Friday will probably be around forever. Joey Fly stars in this graphic novel for young readers. He sounds a lot like Joe Friday to me.

If you’re a purist about language and sentence structure, you won’t be comfortable handing this over to your young reader. However, if your goal is to get that youngster reading and he or she loves a punny mystery, this could work.

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