Spice up summer reading with these excellently illustrated graphic-novel picks from Kim Tano and Madeline Shier, the children’s book buyers at Powell’s City of Books. The Burnside, Hawthorne and Cedar Hills Powell’s locations are now open for in-person browsing. Or you can always order online at powells.com.
The Coldfire Curse (Dragon Kingdom of Wrenly Book #1)
by Jordan Quinn
This first graphic novel spin-off of the beloved Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books is sure to be a hit with fantasy-loving kiddos! The prince’s pet dragon, Ruskin, has always been safe and sound in the palace, but when another young dragon comes begging for help with an evil curse, Ruskin will have to leave the comforts of home to save his kingdom. Ideal for ages 6 and up. $9.99.
No One Returns From the Enchanted Forest
by Robin Robinson
Portland author Robin Robinson wrote and illustrated this fantasy graphic novel. Adventure awaits goblin sisters Pella, the thrill-seeker, and Bix, the reluctant adventurer. Stunning, fantastical illustrations take the reader on a trip though the enchanted forest, a wondrous land filled with demigods and monsters, alongside the compelling Pella and Bix. Perfect for ages 8 and up. $14.99.
by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter
Maggie’s 10th birthday is coming up, and she is super excited to get a dog. (Who wouldn’t be?) Sadly, she discovers she’s allergic to anything with fur or feathers, and breaks out in hives with her new pup. Maggie’s experiences are relatable, and her resilience is a good lesson for anyone who finds themselves allergic to just about anything. This semi-autobiographical graphic novel is perfect for ages 8 and up. $12.99.
The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl #2 The Graphic Novel)
by Eoin Colfer
The Artemis Fowl series is a favorite, and these graphic novel adaptations do a brilliant job of bringing it to life for a new batch of young readers. Full of emotive characters, vibrant colors and fantastic places, this second installment sees young criminal mastermind Artemis team up with his nemesis, the fairy captain Holly Short, to rescue his missing father. A great pick for ages 8 and up. $12.99.