When Francoise Mouly's son, Dash, was a first-grader and struggling to learn to read, his teacher suggested he practice at home with books for beginning readers.The focus is on Toon Books and the Spiegelman clan, but some of the background details are also quite interesting:
Mouly, however, was aghast at the lack of interesting stories and visual clues in most beginning-reader books.
"Those early readers nearly killed his love of reading," Mouly said in a recent telephone interview. "It was really a blow to what had been, until then, a bonding moment."
The most recent sales figures, compiled by ICv2, an industry trade group, show a 134 percent growth rate in graphic novels for kids from 2007-08. Graphic novels for kids accounted for only 3 percent of the $395 million 2008 graphic-novel market, but their share is expected to grow.Keep on growing!