Saturday, June 2, 2018

Book Nook: Spartan and the Green Egg, Book 4 - The Poachers of Tiger Mountain

Graphic novels are becoming even easier to find, especially as more people recognize that they do have a place in encouraging kids to read. In fact, my younger daughter, who is an avid reader and reads above grade level, still prefers to read graphic novels. A big reason is that they tend to be filled with adventure, and that's what she loves in books.

I had a chance to read a graphic novel from children’s writer, Nabila Khashoggi who offers a different take on what makes for a modern-day superhero tale. Spartan and the Green Egg, Book 4: The Poachers of Tiger Mountain is the fourth installment in the series that manages to be both entertaining and educational. Even though it's the fourth part of the series, it still works as a standalone book and my daughter had no problem figuring out what was going on. 

The book uses special superpowers that everyone can develop - friendship, curiosity, and compassion. Spartan, along with his friends and dog, travel the universe, making friends, solving mysteries, and saving species. The book takes them through a variety of beautiful landscapes, and they have to work together to solve problems, discovering the world - and things about themselves at the same time.

The book will appeal to families who want a good way of encouraging environmentally conscious values in their kids, as well as books that look at what it takes to become a global citizen who embraces the beautiful diversity on this planet. My older daughter, normally not a huge fan of graphic novels, liked the Tiger Mountain theme and loved the way the kids could be normal kids and save the planet. That's a big thing for her right now, and it encouraged her that she can use her talents to make a meaningful impact.

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