Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics - Patrick R. Grzanka
""Though English reading and writing are her analytic loci, Monnin's text is neither superficial nor uncritical. She clearly expects much from her students, and Monnin's readers should similarly be prepared to think critically about their own teaching and how they can diversify their courses in both form and content. Moreover, Monnin's selection of fiction and nonfiction books through which to illustrate her pedagogical approach is most impressive. Rather than hide in relative safety of Maus, Monnin dives head first into controversial and sensitive topics and ideas, such as ethnicity and race; she even recommends books that directly address sexuality, including Bechdel's superb Fun Home (2006). It would have been an easier book to write if Monnin had decided to avoid talking about social identities with younger students, but it would have made the book more about teaching and less about learning. Instead, Monnin conveys her enthusiasm for working with diverse topics and literatures, and a more complicated and challenging book emerges. By using tangible teaching strategies, animated worksheets and multicultural texts, Monnin helps us get excited about doing something unexpected in our own classrooms, regardless of course content or grade level."
- Patrick R. Grzanka, Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics, December 2010 (Click here for full review)" - Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics
December 1, 2010