Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Yesterday, I read Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War written by Jessica Dee Humphreys & Michael Chikwanine and illustrated by Claudia Davila. This book covers a horrifying subject matter in an age appropriate way for later elementary and middle school students. It’s written in the graphic novel format. According to wikipedia, “A graphic novel is a book made up of comics content. Although the word “novel” normally refers to long fictional works, the term “graphic novel” is applied broadly and includes fiction, non-fiction, and anthologized work. It is distinguished from the term “comic book“, which is used for comics periodicals”
While the subject is one of the most horrific ones I’ve read in children’s literature. The illustrations are not graphic. Ml doesn’t like graphic novels. Anytime, I’ve brought one home, she’s said, “You know I don’t like graphic novels.” If she did, I would take it home and introduce her to this heartbreaking reality before she sees a more graphic version in the news.
Until yesterday, it would not have occurred to me to add the fact that my daughter and friends are not being recruited as soldiers to what I am thankful for. After reading this book, it will be one of the top things on my list.