Meow and hello from Cosmo, the library cat!  Have you ever heard the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words?” For example, you could accurately describe me with the words “well-fed tuxedo cat,” but these words fail to fully convey my handsome appearance and indescribable charm. When you take it a step further and combine words with pictures, the results can be spectacular!

Graphic Novels, a favorite literary genre and art form of mine, are the perfect blending of art and literature. The artwork in these books is often phenomenal! Usually in color, the drawings are sometimes surreal, sometimes very detailed and intricate, and always fun. 

Grand County Public Library has a really cool collection of Graphic Novels for adults, teens and children. Dave Pilkey’s hilarious “Dogman” series is a big hit with youngsters, and the librarians are all excited about an adorable new series for kids called “The Fox and Little Tanuki” by Mi Tagawa.

Young adults are checking out the Manga series “My Hero Academia” among other things, and Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” series is enjoyed by teens and adults alike. Graphic Novel versions of classic literature like Melville’s “Moby Dick”, Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-5” or even Dante’s “Divine Comedy” can be a great way to experience a story that you may find dull or intimidating in its original form. Plus, for anyone learning to love reading, Graphic Novels provide a low-pressure entree into the world of books. 

Maybe you are like me and sleep 16 hours a day, leaving very little time to read. If so, Graphic Novels are a wonderful way to enjoy a story in a short amount of time. This month, you can feast your eyes and minds on the library’s display of graphic novels, and still have plenty of time for naps. You can also browse for graphic novels on our website. Choose the advanced search option, type in “graphic novel,” and then choose the shelving location depending on whether you want the children’s room, young adult section, or adult section.

Happy reading, my friends!