Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Readers' Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels, 2nd Ed

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Readers' Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels, 2nd Ed

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The Readers' Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels, 2nd ed. By Francisca Goldsmith. Chicago: ALA, 2017. 215 p. Paper $54 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1509-7).

Taking Ranganathan's five laws as guiding principles, this new edition of a 2010 work addresses issues of how to effectively discuss and recommend materials in the graphic novel format with readers of all types. It addresses head-on the misconception that graphic works are only for teens and poorly socialized adults and presents a holistic view of the format and the particular challenges that it presents for library workers advising readers.

The first two chapters cover the background of graphic novels' unique attributes and the various channels that workers can use to reach readers. After that, the main body of the work discusses particular patron populations. These are organized by maturity level and familiarity with the format as follows:

* Chapter 3: adults and older teens who know graphic novels well

* Chapter 4: graphic-novel-familiar younger teens

* Chapter 5: adult readers who haven't read graphic novels

* Chapter 6: teen readers just getting into graphic novels

* Chapter 7: tween readers both familiar and unfamiliar with the genre

Although specific title recommendations are sprinkled throughout the text, the focus of these chapters is on understanding the needs of patrons and how best to address them, rather than presenting simple lists of graphic novels. Chapters 8 and 9 do provide that kind of bibliographic information, with chapter 8 presenting recommended children's graphic novels organized by ability level and chapter 9 presenting works for adults by genre. …

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