Art Panels, Bam! Speech Bubbles, Pow!; Writing Your Own Graphic Novel by Trisha Speed Shaskan and illustrated by Stephen Shaskan (2011). This cool book takes the reader step-by-step through the writing process and explains exactly how a graphic novel is written. Each page introduces one tool that will help students (and adults) move through and understand what makes a good story. Characters and plot are covered as well as how to draw thumbnail sketches, panels, speech bubbles, and captions. All children who love those drawing books will love these as well as graphic novel fans. I learned a new word "emanata"; little pictures or lines that emanate from a character or object to show emotion. Calvin always had zaggy lines bolting from his brain when he was furious. I feel a little smarter today thanks to this book.
Both of these titles will make it to my fall book list because they will attract both teachers and students. Kids would love a writing lesson based on the skills in this Art Panels and behold the teacher who would be smart enough to use it that way!