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Book Type: Original Graphic Novel
U.S. Price: 9.99
On Sale Date: Aug 6 2019
Art by: Gustavo Duarte
Cover by: Gustavo Duarte
Written by: Michael Northrop
The greatest heroes in the DC Comics universe, the Justice League, answer mail from their biggest fans–kids!–courtesy of Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, and artist Gustavo Duarte.
Does Superman ever make mistakes? What was Wonder Woman’s eleventh birthday like? Does Aquaman smell like fish? In this new middle-grade graphic novel, iconic heroes are asked questions both big and small, and when they are not busy saving the world, the Justice League even finds time to respond. Their honest and humorous answers will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid.
Full of feats, follies, and colorful illustrations, Dear Justice League gives readers the inside scoop into everyday heroics, no matter who wears the cape!
About the Author :
Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of Scholastic’s new multi-platform series, TombQuest. His first young adult novel, Gentlemen, earned him a Publishers Weekly Flying Start citation, and his second, Trapped, was an Indie Next List selection. His first middle-grade novel, Plunked, was named one of the best children’s books of the year by the New York Public Library and was selected for NPR’s Backseat Book Club. He is originally from Salisbury, Connecticut, a small town in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains, where he mastered the arts of BB gun shooting, tree climbing, and field goal kicking with only moderate injuries. After graduating from NYU, he worked at Sports Illustrated Kids magazine for 12 years, the last five of those as baseball editor.
About the Designer :
Gustavo Duarte is a Brazilian cartoonist, graphic designer and a comics creator and currently resides in São Paulo. For the last 20 years, Duarte’s cartoons and illustrations have been published in some of the most popular publications in Brazil. In 2009, Duarte began publishing his own comics like Monsters!, Có!, Birds and others. In addition to his own works, he has also written and illustrated comics for major publishers including DC (Bizarro) and Marvel (Guardians of the Galaxy and Lockjaw), among others.
As a kid I watched a lot of series staring some of the Justice League characters without even knowing.
I mean, in my time it was just fun to watch Louise and Clark or Wonder Woman or Batman in all forms.
I didn’t think about them being in a group or of DC Comics.
Hell, I didn’t even know about Marvel back then.
They were all just cool superheroes to enjoy!
Growing up I realized there was more to it, and although you can say I’m more of a Marvel kinda girl, I never stopped watching Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman.
They will always be in my heart I guess as the were my introduction to a very vast universe of superheroes.
This said, I don’t know that much about the others presented in this book, so I don’t know if I can say they’re a fun characterization of the real comic book heroes.
I found the 3 I know very well and fun represented.
Each character has a chapter, which begins with a small introduction of who they are and what their superpowers are all about, and than they answer a kids question in an enjoyable way.
For me it wasn’t always laugh out loud funny, but it’s a great way to make children know that nobody is perfect and everyone has to deal with some universal stuff.
It makes it more open to discussing with parents and peers, which is just a great feed for a book like this.
Everything is tied together with a plot involving some alien giant bugs telling us that strength is to be found in numbers/friends.
Another great lesson hidden in this wonderful drawn book.
I loved every single one in this book by the way.
They’re just a joy ‘to watch’ and they help to bring a certain extra humor to the story by the expressions on the faces till example.
Full of colors too, very vibrant, so ideal to appeal to children.
A great idea overall, especially for the audience it’s meant for, but if you’re a bit older and a DC addict it’s also a must have, even if it’s only for the art!
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