Toon Books

November 24, 2008

Below is an email that I sent out to the Branch Librarians list last May. I’m pasting it here because we just received a new Toon Book title, Jack and the Box by Art Spiegelman, and there might be questions about why it is a Reader and not a JGN.

Just a heads-up that there is a unique series of books that will be coming your way. The first in the series is called “Benny and Penny in Just Pretend”. They are called TOON books and are being marketed as Graphic Novel Beginning Readers. After doing some research, consulting with Jacquelyn and other children’s selectors, I have decided that they are indeed Readers. The word count and simple, repetitive vocabulary is consistent with our Reader collection. That being said, these will be great books to refer beginning readers who are looking for a “comic book” but are not reading at the level of our JGN collection. I think these have the potential to be very popular. To read more about these titles, check out the links below. If you have questions or feedback about these, please let me know.
Interview with Toon books creator

Toon Books website

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