The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

Man-oh-man was this sequel to The Day the Crayon's Quit ever clever. Rather than giving Duncan (crayon owner) reasons for quitting as in the first title, his lost and forgotten crayons explain the reasons they want to return. Each lost/forgotten crayon sends Duncan a postcard expressing his/her desire to return home. Diversity is represented in the variety of unique qualities of the crayons. The hand-written postcards contain drop-shadows, giving the book a three-dimensional quality while the crayon illustrations remain flat but textured. The handwriting on the postcards appear to be written by a child, giving a realistic impression to a fictional tale. There's even a glow-in-the-dark illustration! Fun book filled with sarcasm and wit. I wish I wrote this book. 5 stars, of course.

The Land Of Lines by Victor Hussenot

I marvel at this author/artist's ability to captivate the reader with what looks like doodles out of a notebook. Yes, of course, the doodles are more tedious - actually, I take back the word "doodle." The illustrations are more like tedious ink drawings depicting a dramatic journey of a boy and girl. The couple travels through a series of obstacles including a bright yellow mountain monster! The use of primary colors sets off a unique vibration that remains pleasing to the eye. There are no words in the book except for the occasional action like, "splash" or "thwack!"

This title is simply brilliant for all ages but is actually geared toward PreK to 3rd graders. Who's looking at age anyway?! 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath attempts to balance “the way things used to be” with the intimidating changes of college life. Her biggest struggle is coming to terms with the distance forced between her and her twin sister Wren. Wren wants to be independent, meet new people, and go out to bars, while Cath desires to remain in her dorm room writing fanfiction for her followers. As much as Cath tries to remain unseen by the physical world, a boy catches her attention that in a way brings the real world to her. 

When I first picked up this book, I was certain I wouldn’t continue after fifty pages. I was pleasantly surprised with a story I couldn’t get out of my head. I’ve read Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park and Attachments, but those didn’t hold my interest as much as Fangirl. Now, I’ve thought about this for a bit. Certainly, I’m able to relate better to Rowell’s other works, but in Fangirl, her characters are more believable and endearing. I hate to label anything with the word “cute,” but Cath’s relationship with Levi is “cute”…no… “adorable.” Now, I might be hated for this, but I could have done without the excerpts from Simon Snow (a hit book series, similar to Harry Potter but with vampires). I felt like these were more of a distraction than a necessary element. But hey, I’m sure it works for some people.

Great book. Great story. If you want a little young adult lit in your life, read this. 

DC Universe by Alan Moore

I truly enjoyed this collection of comics written by Alan Moore with the exception of the last three stories: Voodoo, Deathblow, and Wild C.A.T.S. This title made me realize that I truly am a fan of 80s comics. My favorite stories in this book included Vigilante and Superman, both rendering the traditional comic book color palette, deriving from primary colors. If the last three stories were cut out entirely, I'd give this a five out of five stars. Instead, I'll just pretend these stories don't exist - as hard as it is to forget about the top-heavy women parading around for men to control. Alan Moore is still my favorite comic book (excuse me, graphic novel) writer of all time and this is definitely worth reading. I'd like to suggest, however, that you first take a look at the author's best works Watchmen and V for Vendetta if you haven't already. Good stuff!