Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saturday Morning Cartoons-- Notebook Novel List.

Ah, the Notebook Novel. School Library Journal used the term, but only have one post tagged with it! Novels with pictures and hand drawn-style font are the big hit of the last couple of years, and with the release of the seventh Wimpy Kid book (The Third Wheel, coming out November 13), there will be another resurgence. On the upside, these books get boys to read something; on the downside, they are usually horribly bound paper-over-board bindings that kids check out and bring back the next period because they have just flipped through the pages. I've opined about ones I prefer multiple times (all three copies of the new Charlie Joe Jackson checked out immediately!); this list includes anything I can think of.

The best way to find similar books is to google "If you liked Wimpy Kid books". Sad, but true. The term "notebook novel" hasn't caught on quite yet. Let me know if I have forgotten your favorite! (And there had to be pictures-- credits at the bottom!)

Angleberger, Tom. The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda, Darth Paper Strikes Back, The Secret of the Fortune Wookie.

Barshaw, Ruth McNally. Ellie McDoodle.

Cooper, Rose. Gossip from the Girls' Room.

Friedman, Laurie.Oh, Boy, Mallory.
BERTRAND DINKLEBAUMGreenwald, Tommy. Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading, Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit.

Holm, Jennifer L. and Matthew. Squish, BabyMouse (More graphic novels)

Ignatow, Amy. The Popularity Papers. 

Kloepfer, John. The Zombie Chasers. (Pictures, but not handdrawn script.)

Kowitt, Holly. The Loser List, The Loser List: Revenge of the Loser.

Mellom, Robin. The Classroom.  

Moss, Marissa. Amelia.


Peirce, Lincoln. Big Nate: In a Class By Himself, Big Nate Strikes Again, Big Nate on a Roll, Big Nate Goes For Broke, also Big Nate comic books.

Patterson, James and Tebbets, Chris. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, Middle School: Get Me Out of Here.

Russell, Rachel Renee. The Dork Diaries. 

Shreve, Steve. Stan and the Toilet Monster.
Skye, Obert. Wonkenstein: The Creature From My Closet.

Tashjian, Janet. My Life as a Book, My Life as a Skater Stunt Boy.

Vernon, Ursula. Dragonbreath.

A Blogtastic! NewsletterA nice list of various funny books that are not necessarily notebook novels from The Salt Lake County Library Services can be found HERE.

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1 comment:

  1. This is such good timing for me--we're about to put in an order this week for the school library, and we really do need more of these types of books. Thank you for reading my mind! ;-)