During my employee orientation tour of the Elkton Central Library, I saw something in the Y section that almost made me embarrass myself with a high-pitched shriek of excitement. Thankfully, I managed to hold it together as I nabbed the book from the shelf and made my way to the checkout desk. "What book," you may ask, "could possibly lead a grown woman to act like a small child at an Easter egg hunt?" That book, my friends, was Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel.

The first book in an amazing series, Artemis Fowl follows an Irish criminal mastermind as he carries out a devious plan to restore his family name in the crime community. The catch? This mastermind is twelve, and the plan is to blackmail the world of the fairies by kidnapping one and holding her for ransom. This combination of science fiction and fantasy is amazing on its own, but putting it in the graphic novel format took it to a whole new level. The characters I fell in love with back in 2001 were right there, in full-colored illustrations, almost exactly as I'd imagined them. The story was also pared down a bit, making it flow way more smoothly for young readers.

I hadn't considered myself a fan of graphic novels, but this book completely changed my mind. If you're encouraging your child to branch out from comics or manga, or if you're looking for a way to help them discover the excitement of visualizing a story, the graphic novel may very well be the answer you're looking for. And if you already love Artemis like I do, great! Hopefully the rumors are true and we can expect a movie sooner than later.

Recommended by Riley Johnson

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