Inspire Reluctant Readers with Garfield, Smurfs, and Lego Books Up for Grabs!

by Pam on November 24, 2011

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I have always loved to read. I spend at least ten to fifteen minutes every evening before bed because it relaxes me. Imagine my surprise when my son turned out to be a “reluctant reader.” He didn’t mind if I picked up a short story before bed, but he wanted no part in reading himself. At a loss on how to encourage him to read, I asked, “What do you like to read?” He replied, “Comic Books.” From comic books, it was a quick leap to graphic novels. Graphic novels are similar to comic books, but longer and have a sturdier binding.

I try to stick at least one graphic novel in the kids’ stocking each Christmas. This year, Papercutz, the premier publisher of great graphic novels for kids including BIONICLE® and DISNEY FAIRIES, has debuted three new budget friendly books suitable for ages 6 and up.

For the Lego Fanatics, including the seven year old, there’s Ninjago Graphic Novels #1: The Challenge of Samukai. The seven year old read through this one quickly. He didn’t like that he will have to wait until the second book in the series comes out to find out what happened next.

The “Masters of Spinjitsu” come to Papercutz in their first graphic novel appearance written by Greg Farshtey, the hit force behind the LEGO BIONICLE series. Under the tutelage of their master Sensei Wu, the “chosen four” ninjas Kai, Jay, Cole, and Zane must learn to use their elemental powers of fire, ice, lightning and earth. Their mission: defeat Sensei Wu’s evil brother Garmadon and his army of skeleton warriors before they can take over the world!

Who could forget Garfield? We’ve read plenty of his comic books, so it’s time he got his own novel. Garfield & Co. #4: Caroling Capers had me chuckling with his attempts to keep Nerval from watching Figure Skating.

Who, growing up in the eighties or nineties, can forget the Smurfs? The Smurfs #8: The Smurf Apprentice begins with the story of a Smurf who wants to practice magic like Papa Smurf. When he can’t do that, he steals a spell from Gargamel. His results go awry and the Smurfs must help him find a way to return to normal. I had forgotten a couple of things about the Smurfs. They include the word “smurf” in almost every sentence which can get “smurfing” annoying if one is reading the book aloud. The other was I had forgotten how much I like Gargamel’s cat, Azrael. He’s only doing his job when he tries to catch those Smurfs!

Ranging in price from $5.99 to $7.99, these books will add a touch of literacy to any child’s Christmas.

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Pam is a former teacher turned work from home mom. When she's not caring for her kids or cats, she can be found whipping up tasty recipes, trying her hand at the newest techie gadgets or reading. She loves to travel whenever she has a chance and spends way too much time on the computer sharing her experiences.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Christina Gould November 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I think my child would like Garfield best. Thanks for the giveaway!


AnneLoyd November 24, 2011 at 10:26 pm

My son would love Ninjango Lego Book because he is wild about anything Lego.


mummytotwoboys November 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm

I think my son would like the Smurf Apprentice the most


Sharon November 25, 2011 at 12:52 am

I think my son would like Ninjago but Garfield would be a close second.
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St Augustine Qpon Posse November 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Wow! My 11 year old son would love these !! But he would defnitely enjoy Garfield the most !


Isaiahsmom November 26, 2011 at 12:33 am

My son would love the lego Ninja one.


sherylssg November 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I think Garfield would be hit at my house.

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LAURA FRIAS November 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm

my boys would like the lego one best


Candie L November 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm

The boys would like the Ninja one. THank you



Momma Teri November 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm

The Smurfs #8: The Smurf Apprentice


Terri November 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Garfield & Co. #4: Caroling Capers would probably be enjoyed the most. :-)


ape2016 November 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

My kids would love Garfield.


littleangel_mw November 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm

He would love ninjago best.

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San8KidzForMe November 30, 2011 at 2:43 am

I think my kids would enjoy Garfield the most.

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rj7777 December 2, 2011 at 2:09 am

I bet my grandson would love the smurfs the best. Rita Spratlen


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