5 Graphic novels you must read

People call them graphic novels sometimes, but they are basically comic strips. Maybe some prefer the term graphic novels because they sound mature, and sometimes deal with mature terms that are anything but funny (which is how comic strips got their name; they were also called the funny pages or, simply, funnies). Here is a list of five graphic novels for children of all ages (which means your parents can read them too).

#1 Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Aren’t there times when you hate your parents? Maybe it’s because they curtail your online time. Or maybe it’s because they insist you behave better in public (and in private). What if you move into a new house and discover that there is another reality, with a Mom and Dad who are really nice (or are they?). Pleasantly scary, Coraline (there’s also an animated movie), is top of our list

#2  Maus by Art Spiegelman

Some of you may have read what happened to the Jews before and during World War II. Maus is a beautiful retelling of what we call the Holocaust, and it uses cats and mice to explain the essential difference between oppressors and oppressed.

#3  Persepolis by Marjanne Satrapi

How was it being a young, smart, witty young girl, growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution that changed one of West Asia’s most progressive (open-minded) countries into an orthodox (strict and rigid) nation? Satrapi’s amusing and poignant (sad) autobiographical graphic novel answers that question

#4 by Feynman by Jim Ottaviani

Richard Feynman was a modern genius. He was a physicist and Nobel Prize winner, but he was also an author who wrote engagingly about science, and a musician. This graphic novel is about his life, but it is also about science and what makes a genius. It is also about having fun, which is why it is a must for your parents.

#5 The Invention of Hugo Cabaret by Brian Selznick

This is a novel but more than half its pages (it has over 500) are filled with beautiful illustrations and have no words, so it qualifies as a graphic novel. An adventure story about a young orphan who lives in a railway station, Hugo is also about the history of film-making, automata (or robots before robots were discovered), and clocks.