I just can't get that Martina McBride song out of my head since I heard it in the car the other day. So why fight it? Here are some selections of new-to-us comics with girls as the central character:
Lou is a sweet, sassy girl experiencing all the trials and tribulations age twelve can throw at her. In "Secret Diary", the first book in the series, her unique fashion sense is sneered at, her homework is cause for concern with her teachers and her secret crush--the boy across the way--has an unfortunate habit she discovered while spying on him. Throw in a video-game addicted mom and a stray cat and life gets even more interesting.
The panels are bright and cheerful and, many times, very funny. The story follows a school year, with pages devoted to single, memorable events that occur during the year. Lou is likeable, her friend Mina is a good foil for her and her mom is wonderfully supportive and cool (though I kept wondering through the stories what she actually did for a living and how she could see past those bangs). Overall, it's a nice series and I look forward to reading more!
Okay, Word Girl is a girl after my own heart. She’s a superhero armed with a superior vocabulary, saving the world from an evil genius bent on conquering the world with his robots! What’s not to like?
In “The Incredible Shrinking Allowance”, the second book in the series, Word Girl (cleverly disguised as fifth-grader Becky Botsford) and her monkey sidekick Captain Huggyface encounter Tobey, depressed because his allowance was cut off since he did not want to chores at home. When Word Girl suggests he could try being a nicer person, Tobey refits his robots to serve customers. But there’s a catch… and Word Girl must find out the truth! Will she stop Tobey in time? Why does her robot keep giving her flowers?
In addition, there’s a second story that’s cheesy! Literally! I will say no more, except that I truly like Word Girl and hope to see more graphic novels by Chris Karwowski soon.
And now for two titles being released this summer:
Babymouse for President
Yes, Babymouse will return in all her klutzy, wrinkled-whisker glory on July 10!
Legends of Zita the Space Girl
Intrepid space explorer Zita returns with further adventures on September 4!
Side note: WPPL’s Summer Reading program starts on June 7! Yes, graphic novels count, so read away!
Until next time—