Graphic novels are very popular in my class, and from my experience, many upper grade students. I was so excited when I had the opportunity to preview this new graphic novel all about one of my favorite childhood cartoons, Rocky and Bullwinkle. I found myself reading all of Bullwinkle's parts in that deep voice and Rocky's in that high pitched squirrel voice. How fun would it be to get your students hooked to this book by showing a teaser snippet of one of the cartoons? You can find episodes on YouTube that could be shown. Always remember to view before you show anything to your students! You never know what's really in a video that might look innocent.
This book is comprised of several shorter stories, each as an "episode" of Rocky and Bullwinkle. They aren't necessarily stories of the show episodes, but the characters are the same with a similar plot line as the cartoons. The pictures are well illustrated and in vivid colors. There is a good mix of text with pictures and illustration only pages to tell the story.
Give this Graphic Novel a try and you just might snag some of your reluctant readers. The text in this story is not too difficult, I'd place the text readability itself around a 3rd grade level, but that's totally just my guess. I think my 5th graders are going to love this book!
Rocky & Bullwinkle will be available on October 7, 2014. You can pre-order a copy now by clicking any of the cover or title links in this post. If your'e reading this after the release date, go grab your copy now!
What are some of your students' favorite graphic novels?
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