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Katie's Korner: Graphic Novel Reviews for Schools and Libraries

Princeless Book 2: Get Over Yourself
Published by: Action Lab Entertainment
Written by: Jeremy Whitley
Illustrated by: Emily Martin
Format: Hardcover, Color, 168 pages, $19.99
ISBN: 9781632291646
Ages: 9-12

Review 

With a clever plot pitting father against daughter – unknowingly on the father’s part! – Princess Adrienne is setting off on a quest to rescue her sisters from the towers her father has trapped them in.  Teamed up with her companions Bedelia (her half-dwarf friend) and Sparky (her flying dragon), Princess Adrienne discovers some extra help when she finds poet Roderick Lovelord wandering around the forest also searching for her sister: Princess Angelica. 

To their surprise, they find Princess Angelica and discover she is perfectly happy trapped in her tower.  Surrounded by people who love and admire her, Princess Angelica doesn’t seem to understand the need for her rescue.

Meanwhile, King Ashe has sent his most loyal and brave knights to figure out who has been harassing his daughters hidden in towers around the kingdom. 

Who will save the day first?  Will the King’s knights be able to stop Princess Adrienne (who they believe is another, male knight)?  Or will Adrienne be able to convince her sister that her fate is much bigger than being admired by local villagers? 

Elements of Story

Plot: Princess Adrienne is on a quest to rescue her sisters from the towers her father has trapped them in. After discovering that the poet Roderick Lovelorn is also looking for one of her sisters, Princess Angelica, Princess Adrienne and her half-dwarf friend Bedelia, and flying dragon companion Sparky, follow him in hopes of rescuing her.

Major Characters: King Ashe, Sir Rocks the Mighty, Sir Gahiji the Hunter, Sir Raphael the Handsome, Sir Walsh the Braggart, Sir Zachery the Pure, the Black Night, Princess Adrienne, Bedelia, Sparky, Devin, Roderick Lovelorn, Angelica, King’s Ashe’s wife, Prince Ashe, Kira’s father, Kira, Princess Angoisse

Major Settings: Ashland Castle, Woods, Princess Angelica Artists’ Village, Grimorium Swamp

Themes: Adventure, Loyalty, Family, Friendship, Female Empowerment, Quests/Missions

Lesson Plan Recommendation Using the

Common Core Standards (CCS) for Young Adults

Common Core Standard(s)

Craft and Structure / CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.6
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

Directions for Lesson Plan

Point of view is really important to understanding the plot in this graphic novel.  Each character seems to have his/her own point of view about what is happening and should happen throughout the story.  Students can better understand these points of view if they are able to visualize them. 

Thus, for this lesson plan students need to visualize both their character’s physical features alongside specific, prompting questions about their selected characters’ articulated points of view throughout the story.

Selecting 3 characters and illustrating their physical features alongside the key details that inform their point of view will help students remember and be able to identify them throughout the story.

 Character Selection #1: ________________________

Character Selection #2: __________________________________

Character Selection #3: __________________________________


Elsewhere Volume 1
Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Jay Faerber
Afterword: Sumeyye Kesgin, Ron Riley
Format: Softcover, 112 pages, Color, $9.99
ISBN: 9781534304697
Ages: 13-16

Review

I’ve always been intrigued by the mystery and literary allure surrounding Amelia Earhart’s disappearance on July 19, 1937.  Movies, novels, television shows, and many more literary genres have attempted to tell her disappearance story in several ways.     

Elsewhere, Volume 1 is now my all-time favorite Amelia Earhart story in any genre.  As an advocate of graphic novels I couldn’t be happier about this wonderfully written and well-constructed plot being coupled with beautiful art and design. 

After they experience engine trouble, Amelia and her friend and navigator Fred abandon their plane and accidentally jump into a space-time warp.  And that’s just the beginning.  Split up as a result of the space-time warp, the story follows Amelia’s journey as she tries to maintain hope for finding her friend. 

When Amelia meets Cort and Tavel they help her break into the fortress run by Lord Kragen in order to find Fred, but instead of finding Fred they find DB Cooper and escape with him instead.  Another nonfiction character who mysteriously disappeared from a plane later in history than Amelia (in 1971) Cooper’s motivations are a bit unclear to Amelia and to the reader.  Is he a good guy or a bad guy?  Will he help Amelia find Fred?  Or does he have other, secretive plans in mind?

If you are interested in Earhart and want a new and engaging story to stimulate your thoughts about her mysterious 1937 disappearance than get ready to think about where she may indeed be in this new and impressive graphic novel from Image Comics.  She could be elsewhere . . .

Elements of Story

Plot: After experiencing engine trouble, Amelia Earhart and her navigator and friend, Fred Noonan, abandon their airplane and accidentally jump into a space-time warp. On the other side they are split up and Amelia finds herself in an unusual world where she can only hope to find her friend.

Major Characters: Cort, Tavel, Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan, Dan (“DB”) Cooper, Meyrick, Lord Kragen

Major Settings: Korvath, Lord Kragen’s fortress, Cort and Tavel’s Home, Abandoned Nazi Submarine, Forest

Themes: Adventure, History, Fiction and Nonfiction (Creative Nonfiction), Space and Time Travel, Friendship, Other Dimensions / Worlds

Lesson Plan Recommendation Using the

Common Core Standards (CCS) for High School Readers

Key Ideas and Details

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.2
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

Directions for Lesson Plan

Themes are an integral element of story for understanding the overall story emphasis and impact on the reader in this particular graphic novel.  For that reason and because themes play such a strong developmental role in this graphic novel students should track the development of at least 2 themes throughout the course of this text.  As they track theme development, student readers can also begin to note where 2 themes are both unique to themselves and similar to each other as well.

The following graphic organizer will help students track the development of two themes throughout Elsewhere, Volume 1

Note: Students should select a theme from the list above or offer an alternative that the teacher sees as another good fit for this graphic novel.

Using quotations and/or images from specific pages to identify where each theme first appears and then is clearly developed and evident at least 3 more times throughout the story, students can track the development and similarities and/or differences (if any) between themes.  The total number of entries should be 4: one identifying the first, strong example of a theme and 3 more examples that help develop that particular theme throughout the graphic novel.

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Based upon their identified themes and the development of those themes throughout the course of the story students can next provide an objective summary of the text in a short 5 paragraph essay.


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Dr. Katie Monnin is an Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida. Besides the joy that comes with reading comic books and graphic novels, Dr. Monnin enjoys a Peter Pan-ish life of researching and writing her own books about teaching comics, graphic novels, and cartoons: Teaching Graphic Novels (2010), Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels (2011), Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning (2012), Teaching Reading Comprehension with Graphic Texts (2013), and Get Animated! Teaching 21st Century Early Reader and Young Adult Cartoons in Language Arts (2014); Teaching New Literacies in Elementary Language Arts (2015). When she is not writing (or sitting around wondering how she ended up making an awesome career out of studying comics and graphic novels), Dr. Monnin spends her time with her three wiener dogs, Samantha, Max, and Alex Morgan Monnin.