My daughter loves to read graphic novels and I am always on the hunt for new authors. After stumbling across the amazingly hilarious Harry Potter book recap comics by Lucy Knisley, I knew I had found another gem. While Knisley’s Harry Potter comics might be enjoyed by all ages, her books are geared toward adults. I just finished reading Relish: My Life In the Kitchen, Knisley’s autobiographical account of her life as the daughter of a chef and gourmand. Knisley entertains and educates as she tells tales of a life surrounded by food. In between chapters, Knisley shares some of her favorite recipes or offers practical information about understanding certain cuisine. My favorite is a Cheese Cheat Sheet. As someone who adores cheese, but can only place it into two distinct categories (delicious and not delicious), this section was quite informative.
Many have a hard time seeing graphic novels as “real” literature or may feel that this genre isn’t for them. I think that anyone who loves stories and loves to read will find a graphic novel to suit their interests. The images in a graphic novel serve to reinforce the story, not replace it, and many of the stories told by these authors are simply magnificent.
If you are looking for other graphic novels to try, I suggest Maus by Art Spiegelman or the March books by John Lewis. These are both very different from Relish and are examples of how unique each graphic novel is. If you are interested in juvenile graphic novels for your child (or yourself!) to enjoy, I highly recommend Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet series, Cece Bell’s El Deafo, and anything by Raina Telegemeir-particularly Smile, Sisters, and her graphic take on an old favorite of mine, The Baby-sitters Club. There are so many different types of graphic novels available that it was difficult to choose only a handful to mention. I encourage you to read several different graphic novels to determine what you like. Happy exploring!