Draw readers in with these!
Our family loves these graphic novels (all the sets sold by Timberdoodle). We have four boys and four girls ranging in age from 15 down to 18 months. While the younger kids love them because they’re so colorful, the older kids love how they can get a synopsis of an historical event or person in a very interesting way. Even my reluctant readers or non-history buffs are drawn to these great books. They are short, colorful and easy to read. Another great benefit we have found is using them as a supplement to our living books history curriculum. For example, after reading The Travels by Marco Polo, I had my teenagers read the Marco Polo graphic novel in order to help get more of a visual idea of what they had just read and to aid in their understanding and retention.
By Notebooking Mom
from Washington MO
As a literature major in college, I developed quite the affinity for The Bard. However, I have never agreed with the notion that Shakespeare plays should be read as they were written to be performed. But managing to take all eight children to regularly see Shakespeare has been challenging.
While we do enjoy DVDs of his plays in theatrical form from the library, it was the Graphic Novels that really brought an appreciation of Shakespeare into our home. The illustrations are engaging, several of the more famous lines from each play are quoted, and the cast of characters before the story begins is incredibly helpful. Several of our children are visual learners, which has made these graphic novels even more valuable.
from Reading, PA
I love Tintin because my reluctant reader read this book a few years ago and finally decided that reading was fun! That alone makes this book worth it’s weight in gold!
I would especially recommend this book for boys, and for anyone who is struggling with reading. The pictures help the reader who might not be able to comprehend all the words. My son treasures his Tintin copies and has told his friends about them. I think it’s nice that these stories are not watered down or “babyish” and they are exciting to read.
My son cautions that there is some drinking of alcoholic beverages in these stories but it is not encouraged by Tintin, the main character, but rather seen as a negative thing.
Excellent books-Kids love them (so do we!)
My kids just love these books (Max Axiom Graphic Science Set of 15)! The information contained in them is more in-depth than you may think for a graphic book. Real scientists were consulted and it shows. It is presented in an engaging yet thorough format. I was not a fan of graphic books before this purchase so I am amazed at how much I have enjoyed these. We are creationists so please note that on pgs 8,9,11&16 of the Earthquakes book there are small references to millions of years as well as the Volcanoes book on pgs 11,13&21and Magnetism pg 17. The other 12 books had no mention of millions of years. These references are small and easy to line through without disrupting the flow of the text and can be used as an opportunity to point out differences in understanding. I wouldn’t let those minor mentions keep you from purchasing what truly are fun and informative books your kids are sure to enjoy! You may even find yourself to be ‘scientifically refreshed’ as well!
As our 9-year-old son was reading an old Indiana history textbook he read about how Chicago used Indiana limestone to rebuild after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871; he then had an interest in fires, earthquakes and other disasters, so we purchased the set of 8 Disasters in History Graphic Novels from Timberdoodle.
The graphic novels make a great starting point for a unit study. If your child especially enjoyed the Apollo 13 and Challenger Explosion books, you could do a study on NASA, astronauts, etc.
Our whole family has enjoyed this set. My husband and I learned some information we hadn’t known, while the kids could easily read about a true-life action adventure without a focus on fear and gore. This set was definitely worth the investment for our homeschool.
Thanks to homeschooling my kids, I LOVE history! These graphic novels have added a new way to learn about, and enjoy, history!
Danielle from Columbia City, IN
We have all but 3 of the Max Axiom books, one of our best homeschool purchases ever. Our 8-year-old son began reading these when he was 6 and continues to profit from them, recently asking for the additional 3 books. The entire family enjoys reading them and we have all learned a lot from these books. We will continue to purchase them as they become available. Anything that helps our children develop a love of and interest in God’s created world is an asset to our homeschool library. As Timberdoodle notes, these books are not written from a biblical perspective, but we have not found a constant theme of evolution in the books.
I have two boys, ages 8 and 6, and they love this (The Adventures of Tintin: Volume 1) book. I figured my 8 year old would enjoy it, as he’s a good reader and is always looking for new books, but my 6 year old surprised me. I’ve been getting books for him from the Easy Reading section at the library, but he was determined to read this book because of his older brother’s reports, and he did it. It took him a little over a week, but he read the whole thing. Now I just need to buy the other volumes because both of my boys are begging for them.
Amy from TX
Shakespeare Graphic Novel Collection
As a literature major in college, I developed quite the affinity for The Bard. However, I have never agreed with the notion that Shakespeare plays should be read as they were written to be performed. But managing to take all eight children to regularly see Shakespeare has been challenging. While we do enjoy DVDs of his plays in theatrical form from the library, it was the Graphic Novels that really brought an appreciation of Shakespeare into our home. The illustrations are engaging, several of the more famous lines from each play are quoted, and the cast of characters before the story begins is incredibly helpful. Several of our children are visual learners, which has made these graphic novels even more valuable.
We are a family of readers, but I noticed that two of our children did not seem to enjoy reading as much as the others. After trying out one volume of Tintin with great reviews, we purchased the whole set last Christmas (yes, this means we have a duplicate, but in our family this doesn’t seem to be an issue) and five months later they are still my children’s steady companions. We have yet to go on a road trip that Tintin has not accompanied us, and my reluctant readers have now also branched out into other books. My younger non reading children have been seen poring over these as well, and I am sure they are even more motivated to learn so that they too can read what Tintin is up to. Thanks so much for carrying these books!
My 2nd Grade son LOVES these books (Graphic Novels – Disasters) ! I have nothing negative to say about them. He reads them over and over and tells me fun facts all the time. He might not realize he’s learning, but I do!!