Skip to main content

June Read of the Month Summary

I finished my June Read of The Month, Daytripper a while ago and I am finally getting around to writing my review.  Daytripper is a graphic novel by Brazilian twin brothers Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba.  It was recommended to me by loyal Geekly Reader fan Meg.  What a great recommendation!  Daytripper is the first graphic novel that I ever read (I was never much of a comic book fan growing up).  Thanks so much Meg!

On the cover of the book, a quote by Gerrard Way of My Chemical Romance (and fellow comic book writer) sums up Daytripper perfectly, "beautifully written and utterly gorgeous, DAYTRIPPER completely blew me away."  Not only was was the book a wonderful piece of literature, the art work was breathtaking.  This graphic novel is in no way your typical Sunday Morning comic.  The artwork, characters, and plot are all amazing and had me not wanting to put the book down.  It only took two days to complete the book, and this was while I was still quite busy at work.  The only reason it took me two days was because I forced myself to stop, so I could enjoy a second day with the book (I know, I'm a dork)!


Daytripper, a Beautiful Graphic Novel


I never like to give too many details of the plots of the books in my reviews (feel free to check on Amazon for those), I can just say as a reader you are able to experience so much through the life of main character Bras de Oliva Domingos.  Each section or chapter ends with a breathtaking twist.  Even as you get accustomed to the ends of each section, it is still shocking and surprising with each culminating event.  While reading Daytripper I was able to escape and think about decisions I have made in my life if I would change anything.  I also starting thinking about living each day and not taking "tomorrow" for granted.  For the first time in a while, one my "reads" really got me thinking.  I highly recommend Daytripper, especially if you have yet to give graphic novels a try.

I really like the idea of using graphic novels for reluctant readers.  Many students at my school complain that they "hate to read."  The truth is, they do not hate reading, they just hate reading some of the required reading in school.  Graphic novels can be a great way to win reluctant readers over.  Any reading is good reading in my book.  I hope to build my collection of graphic novels at Carlson High School this coming year!  Have you ever read a graphic novel?  Give it a try, you may enjoy it.  Anyone that is local if welcome to borrow my copy of Daytripper, just fire me an email at mpehote@gmail.com

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Your Own Personal Library Catalog

So, how many of you have remember using an old style, card catalog?  You know, you want to find a book in your local library, so you pull out the long drawers flipping through cards.  Well those days are long gone of course (thankfully) and nearly all libraries use an electronic catalog system to keep track of their collections.  Many of the school districts in Wayne County are using a system developed by Follett .  It is a great system for school age children and prepares them for many of the advanced catalogs available in public and university libraries. Catalog software is quite expensive and really impractical for home libraries.  Some book lovers may create their own spreadsheet or database to keep track of their books, however there is a great (free) tool online to not only catalog your books, but also meet and communicate with other book lovers online.  The site  librarything.com is a wonderful site that lets you catalog your own home library.  Think of it as a "Facebook

A Little R & R

I decided to take a little R & R before things get crazy with back to school.  I wanted to spend some time with my family for these final weeks of summer, so I decided a break from writing was in order.  A trip to Kalahari and fun times with friends and family made August fly by.  So, what does school year 2014 bring for me?  Quite a bit, as always: Back to teaching two courses at Wayne County Community College.  Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings I head to Northline Road to teach college level English.  I really love this second job! Tuesday, I start my 17th year at O.A. Carlson High School.  While public education continues to face challenges, there is no other job for me at this time.  I love my co-workers and students.  Gibraltar is a great place to work. I will be running my kids all over as usual.  Gymnastics, religious education, flag football (which I coach as well), and others events "to be determined."  I would not have it any other way.  I love watch

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Event

Back in November I wrote about what I believe to be the best part of my job; running into Carlson High School graduates that are success stories and hearing about how well they are doing in the "real world."  Carlson High School graduate Nathan Matatall is clearly one of these success stories.  After graduating from Carlson High School and Michigan State University Nathan has gone on to very successful career at Dell Computers.  The News Herald even published a feature piece on Nathan a few years ago.  This past week, Nathan provided my family with a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget.   Nathan, my former public speaking student, contacted me via email a few weeks ago and inquired about taking my kids on a tour of Marine One (one of the helicopters used to transport The President of the United States and other dignitaries) and to possibly attend the landing of Air Force One when President Obama was scheduled to arrive in Detroit.  I was very excited a