Aside from the semi-abrupt ending, this book was really really awesome! Unlike the other books we’ve read in class, this one had pictures with little to no color. Which I though was going to be an obstacle, but instead the lack of color helped capture the facial expressions and gestures in a much clearer way. I remember reading Maus in middle school–which also lacked color–and absolutely loving it! The emphasis on facial expressions wasn’t as great in Maus, but somehow the photos really helped tell the story.
I have found that reading graphic novels helps me to really understand what the author wants the reader to get from their writing. I enjoy using my imagination, but sometimes knowing the direction the author wants you to go is nice.
A couple ways you could use graphic novels in the classroom would be, acting out some of the scenes could be a nice way to bring these books to life, but also having your students make their own comics would be really fun and would allow them to be creative. There is so much you could do with graphic novels!!