Every history, literature, and Bible teacher should have this graphic novel biography on their shelf! John Hendrix artfully tells the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the theologian who helped plan multiple plots to assassinate Hitler, his internal struggle with morality, and his heartache over the deterioration of his country. With powerful graphics, striking symbolism, and straight forward language Hendrix also tells of the bone-chilling rise of Adolf Hitler. Haunting illustrations, striking hand-lettering, and brilliant use of color help readers better understand the history, the conflict, and the connection between these two men. Often quoting Bonhoeffer directly, Hendrix further adds authenticity to this well-researched work. THE FAITHFUL SPY (Amulet Books 2019) contains interesting back matter for those curious to learn more. But mostly it reminds its readers to speak up for what is right and stand up for those being wronged, no matter the cost.
Lisa Jobe's adorable picture book debut CAN I KEEP IT? (Page Street Kids; 2019) transported me back to my childhood, when I watched my big brother set traps with cardboard boxes, sticks and string for ever-elusive birds. The repetitive structure, relatable content, and amazing paper cut-out illustrations make this a perfect book for the preschool crowd. In the classroom, it will come in handy for lessons regarding wild and tame animals. Children will love searching for the orange cat among the pages!