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Graphic Novels to Lift Your Mood - Recommended by Miss Kindregan

Graphic Novels to Lift Your Mood - Recommended by Miss Kindregan 


During the first lockdown back in March, I struggled to concentrate on reading. Shocking, I know-even the librarian isn’t always reading! The thing that got me out of my reading slump was reading graphic novels, including the three I will be recommending today. Whilst some naysayers may say reading a graphic novel isn’t “real reading”, I think they are a great choice, especially for those that may be intimidated by a page full of words. The following three graphic novels are great for any age, and have funny, uplifting stories that will put a smile on your face!

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks is about two teens, Josiah and Deja, who work at a pumpkin patch every autumn. The book follows their adventure-filled last ever shift at the pumpkin patch, including lots of tasty treats, rampaging goats, and a corn maze. Great for autumn as well as all year round, this silly, cute, and easy to read graphic novel is one to check out!

Sheets by Brenna Thummler is about a girl named Marjorie and a ghost named Wendell. Wendell is trying to come to terms with his new identity as a ghost, all whilst causing all kinds of chaos in Marjorie’s family laundromat. This story about unlikely friendship, loss, and forgiveness is one of the best graphic novels I have read.

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang is about Prince Sebastian, who during the day is facing pressure from his parents to pick a wife, but at night goes out dressed as his confident, fashionable alter-ego Lady Crystallia. When the Prince meets aspiring designer, Frances, they become the talk of the city due to Frances’ fantastic, extravagant gown designs. This dramatic, funny graphic novel all about acceptance and self-expression is a must read.


Keep an eye on The Hayesbrook School Facebook and Twitter, as we will be sharing more staff reading recommendations, in the lead up to World Book Day on Thursday 4 March 2021.