You Can Do A Graphic Novel {Book Review + Giveaway – 3 Winners!}

This giveaway will end Friday, July 8th at 11:59pm EST.

you can do a graphic novelMy son, Zander loves to draw. And from those drawings, he creates stories. He’s made robots that do the hula, and a plethora of superheroes with powers even the top dogs haven’t come up with. (I was having trouble opening a can one day with my manual can opener, so Zander decided to create a super hero whose arm turned into a giant can opener that would take the lid off in seconds.)

I love his imagination, and I just know he’s going to be the next Stan Lee.

So, when I got the opportunity to review You Can Do A Graphic Novel by Barbara Slate, I jumped at the chance. Even if I don’t have any interest in ever creating a graphic novel, I know a young man that does, and I knew he’d jump all over the book.

I was right! As soon as it arrived, he snatched it out of my hands and didn’t put it down for hours. I’m not really sure how much of it he understood, but I’m pretty sure he understood it at least a little bit. Now, every story he draws, he’s very careful to have every part of the story Barbara Slate suggests having. And if he starts a story and can’t come up with a good climax, he scraps it and starts over. (He may have inherited his artistic ability from his grandpa, but he definitely got his mom’s need for perfection.)

We’ve had the book a couple of weeks now, and I always see Zander carrying it around, along with his art supplies. They’re always together, and it’s almost like he can’t do one without the other.

One thing that I love is that in the back of the book, there’s a glossary. I haven’t had to try and make up meanings for words in the book, they’re right there, easy to read and understand.

I know that I’m talking about this book and my (almost) 8 year old, but this book isn’t just for little kids. I enjoyed reading it and learning more about the stuff that Zander loves so much. It’s interesting and full of very useful tips. It’s perfect for anyone – of any age – that wants to learn how to create a graphic novel.

My favorite part of the book is on the front cover. It’s a quote by Stan Lee about the book. It states:
“I shudder at the thought of having to compete with a whole new gaggle of graphic novel creators! I tremble because if anyone can bring out the writer and artist hidden within society’s somnambulant psyche, it’s the titanically talented Barbara Slate. So please don’t read this book. I have a family to support!”

If it’s enough to scare the heebie jeebies out of Stan Lee, then it’s good enough for my boy! 🙂

If you – or someone you love has a love for graphic novels, this book is an excellent resource to teach them how they, too, can create their own graphic novel and be on their way to achieving their dreams.

To learn more about You Can Do A Graphic Novel by Barbara Slate, check out their website at The book retails for $19.95, but you can find it on Amazon for just $13.57 and it’s eligible for free shipping.

Want to know the best news? I have 3 copies of the book to giveaway to my readers!

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Disclaimer: I was contacted by a representative of Wilks Communications on behalf of Barbara Slate and You Can Do A Graphic Novel. I received a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. The sponsor is fulfilling the prize as stated above.

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    ChristianneB says:

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    Pauline M says:

    My son also loves to make cartoons. He’s actually started writing one he names “Fortunately, Unfortunately” where each page is either a good thing that happens or a bad thing that happens. I would love to see him finish that!

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