Two Great Graphic Novel Series from Papercutz

10 Dec

Today I am reviewing two comic book/graphic novel series from Papercutz, a great graphic novel publisher. I really like that Papercutz has a huge selection of comics and that they make comics for every age group. Check out all the titles they have at their website by clicking HERE. As you may know, I really like comics and graphic novels and I think they are a great way to get kids into reading.

The first series combines one of my favorite things – LEGOs with another of my favorite things – READING!

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The Papercutz LEGO Ninjago books are based on Ninjago (LEGO ninja warriors)  toys (and there is a LEGO game called Spinjitsu that you can play). The graphic novel series has 7 volumes so far. The story starts in book 1. Kai (the red ninja)’s sister, Nya, was kidnapped by Lord Garmadon, so Kai joined a team of ninjas led by Sensei Wu: Cole (black ninja), Jay (blue ninja) and Zane (white ninja). Together they gather the four golden weapons of Spinjitsu (their martial art). They get the weapons and go to stop Lord Garmadon… or will they?!?

The adventure continues through the other books. The story plots are connected and they are super fun to read (you don’t have to like LEGOs to love these graphic novels). The art work is really great! Here is an example from the Papercutz website.

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The books are written well for younger kids. There is a lot of excitement, good vs. evil and super ninja action! There is also a lot of humor mixed into the stories. I think that makes it even better.

I think this LEGO based graphic novel series would be a great gift for any kid who loves LEGOs AND it gets them into reading! I’d recommend this series to kids 5+.

I give the Ninjago Comic books 5 out of 5 bookworms! fivebooks

The next series I want to tell you about is called “Dance Class.”

**I know you are saying, “Erik, isn’t this a series for girls?” Answer: Yes it is, but I like the stories anyway. ;)

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The main idea of the series is the main characters, Julie, Alia, and Lucie, LOVE to dance. They are also friends and go to school together. The girls practice, compete and try to be the best dancer.  This also means that sometimes there is some trouble like when a cute boy is made the lead in Romeo and Juliet and all the girls want to be Juliet! The girls have usual teenage issues that they deal with too (school, parents, boys).

There are four books in the series so far -

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I think this is a great series. Julie, Alia and Lucie are nice girls that love dance and do it well. I like how they work hard to get what they want. I do like seeing perseverance in characters. Sometimes a character can be a bit mean to another one and there’s some jealousy (like if one girl gets picked for a part that another one wanted), but it adds to the story plot.  There is a ton of humor in the books. The illustrations are great and also add to the humor of the books -

I recommend this series to kids 10+ because it seems to be meant for a little older kid. I think girls (and some boys ;) ) would love these books!

I give the Dance Class series 4 out of 5 bookworms. fourbooks

25 Responses to “Two Great Graphic Novel Series from Papercutz”

  1. Catherine Johnson December 10, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    My son reads Lego Ninjago books. They are really cool for boys since Lego Ninjago is such a great combo of karate and lego. The other book looks great for girls too. Thanks Erik.

    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 12, 2012 at 6:20 am #

      Thanks Ms. Johnson! I do like that the Ninjago books combine LEGOs and reading! :)

  2. lionelsnod December 10, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    Hi Erik! I love your review(s)! I was a big comic book fan growing up too. I believe,as you do, that it is a great way to get children to read. I also enjoy books/series that may be considered for girls. I just read a couple books in the Before Happily Ever After series that is certainly more for girls, but I really enjoyed it too. Thanks.
    Paul R. Hewlett

    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 12, 2012 at 6:23 am #

      Thanks Mr. Hewlett! I like any kind of reading and don’t really care if it is for girls or boys. I like the Goddess Girls series too and that’s for girls. I haven’t read Before Happily Ever After. I’ll have to check it out!

  3. Joanna December 10, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    I LOVE that you read books that are more for girls as well as those that are more for boys. This shows such a cool open attitude to life! My brother, who is one of the most well read people I know, only read comics as a kid. I was very happy to read your review of the Lego Ninjago series.

    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 12, 2012 at 6:27 am #

      I know a bunch of kids and adults who love to read that started out reading comics! I just LOVE to read and I don’t really care if it’s for girls or boys! ;)

  4. Michelle Isenhoff December 10, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Awesome! M-man and T-man LOVE LEGOs, and M-man is now taking Karate. Perfect! I’m getting these!

    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 12, 2012 at 6:28 am #

      This sounds like the PERFECT series for T-Man! It’s cool he’s taking karate now!

  5. Papercutz (@PapercutzGN) December 10, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Glad you liked these, Erik! :) It’s OK to like “Dance Class” — we don’t think it’s just for girls! Boys dance, too (our editor-in-chief is a guy and he takes dance lessons!) and there are a lot of really cool boy characters in the series. To us, “Dance Class” is more like Archie comics; the main characters may be girls, but it’s really about growing up and getting good at something, which everyone can understand.

    The LEGO Ninjago books, however, are for ninjas only! :)

    – Jesse

    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 12, 2012 at 6:29 am #

      Thank you for taking the time to comment Mr. Post! The Dance Class series is great and I think boys and even ninjas will like it as much as girls! ;) The Ninjago books are just awesome!

  6. Bjorn Ansbro December 10, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Nicely done, once again Erik. I’ve been reading the Ninjago books by Papercutz to my 5-year-old. He does love the ninja. Who doesn’t?!

    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 12, 2012 at 6:30 am #

      I’m glad he likes the Ninjago books Mr. Ansbro! I think the artwork in the Papercutz series is great!

  7. Genevieve Petrillo December 10, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Ninjas and Dancers – fair choices. Very cute.

  8. Patricia Tilton December 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    I guess I live in another world. I am not familiar with any of these books. So much creativity out there. Glad there is such a variety and kids really dig the books.

    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 12, 2012 at 6:35 am #

      There is a huge bunch of comics to choose from. There are comics for all kinds of ages and different story plots. They even have a line of graphic novel classics like Hamlet, The Raven and The Count of Monte Cristo!

  9. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog December 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    These comic books/graphic novel look great! I will tell my nephews about them! The dance books look like fun reads. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Myra GB December 31, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Graphic novels are an acquired taste for me. I have just finished reading The Amulet series and while the books are riveting, I am often distracted by the drawings and not sure exactly how to figure most of them are – it does take a little getting used to. I love how you feature two different series here, but they seem stereotypically tied to boy as opposed to girl series. I like those that are more androgynous in orientation and combine boy/girl sensibilities.

    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

      I love Graphic Novels. Girls can like the Ninjago books, and boys; the Dance Class! Yes they can!
      P.S. Speaking of Amulet… My sister got the first book from our Library and let me read it! I want book two now! :)

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