Food for Thought
Curing the Winter Blues: Graphic Novels and Cookies
What is one to do when s/he has the winter blues? Read graphic novels and bake cookies, of course! Whether your interest is only to read stand-alone books or to finish a series once you’ve started, here is a collaborative list of books and treats to get you through the season.
Superman is finally content; he is married to the love of his life and they have a baby on the way. Until it is taken from him, making him into the villain we all knew he could be. This series includes all members of the DC universe as they all take either Batman or Superman's side in the fight.
Best paired with: double dark chocolate chip cookies
Young Robot boy TIM-21, a human companion robot, and his companions struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters working to scrap their parts and eliminate all robots lurk on every planet.
Best paired with: ginger apricot vanilla cookies
Trine Hampstead knows everything. She can tell you where to find your keys. She can tell you if your significant other is cheating on you. She can even tell you the coordinates of where to find your dog's missing toy. Although she may have knowledge of things many may kill her for, she can’t recall the mystery of how she acquired these powers.
Bested paired with: white chocolate cappuccino cookies
Young Adult Graphic Novels
The perfect antidote to anyone craving summer. At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem: three-eyed foxes, killer snow monsters, secret caves, creatures that live around the camp. Luckily, the gals of the Roanoke cabin are determined to have an awesome summer, and nothing will stand in their way.
Best paired with: s'mores
Read this alone because Brian K. Vaughan never seems to disappoint, and paired with Cliff Chiang’s beautiful illustrations, this new series is not to be missed. In the early hours of Halloween of 1988, four teen girls go about their paper route when they realized that something strange and possibly alien may have invaded their town.
Best paired with: birthday cake snowballs
Welcome to Gotham Academy, the most prestigious school in Gotham City. Here you will follow protagonist Olive Sliverlock, an exceptional student who, after this past summer, has a bad case of amnesi, an even worse attitude and a new unexplained fear of bats.
Olive and her friends uncover the mysteries of the school and some of them are more terrifying than they imagined.
Best paired with: lemon-glazed candied-ginger cookies
Children’s Graphic Novels
Adrienne Ashe never wanted to be a princess. She hates elaborate dinners, is uncomfortable in fancy complex dresses, and has never wanted to wait on someone else to save her.
However, on the night of her 16th birthday, her parents, the King and Queen, send her into a deep slumber and lock her away in a tower guarded by a dragon to await the rescue of some prince. Little do the King and Queen know she has befriended the dragon guarding her and intends to save herself.
Best paired with: chocolate chipotle cookies
A fast-paced adventure that follows twins Cleopatra and Alexander as they go on a journey with the bad black book gang in hopes to find their father. Little do they know, they may be in for more than they bargained for.
Best paired with: oatmeal cherry walnut cookies
Tired of reading books in series? This one is for you! Told primarily through beautiful black and white illustrations, the classic story of Snow White (in this story she is Samantha White) that takes place during the 1920’s in New York City. The evil stepmother is actually Ziegfeld star with the mafia out tracking poor Snow White.
Best paired with: glazed apple cookies