Monday, May 3, 2010

Books by Theme: Mothers, Graphically Speaking

In honor of Mother's Day coming up soon, here are some graphic novels featuring mommies!

Coraline by Neil Gaiman graphic novel cover
by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell

Coraline has two mothers: a real-life person who’s sometimes distant and preoccupied and a creepy smother-mother with button eyes who lives in the other side of the brick wall that sometimes isn’t there. Will Coraline save her real mother or stay with this indulgent imposter forever?

American Widow by Alissa Torres graphic novel book cover
American Widow
by Alissa Torres (text) & Sungyoon Choi (illus.)

Widowed after her husband died in the World Trade Center attacks, pregnant Alissa Torres must face delivery and motherhood when sucked into the chaotic 9/11 relief machine.

Can of Worms
by Catherine Doherty

Adoptee Catherine searches for her birth mother, wordless panels in a clean-line style showing the author’s quest interspersed with more realistically drawn court records, clippings, notes, and letters.

Wire Mothers by Jim Ottaviano graphic novel book cover
Wire Mothers
by Jim Ottaviani & Dylan Meconis

In the 1950s, misguided behavioral scientists warned mothers about the "dangers" of hugging and holding children. But Harry Harlow knew better, and his famous experiments showing that monkeys preferred cuddly cloth "mother" figures over wire versions proved his case with chilling finality. Mothers DID know best.


Zibilee said...

Oh, these all look very good! Particularly Wire Mothers. Whoever came up with the advice that holding and cuddling a baby wasn't a good idea was a nut!!

Jenners said...

When I started my blog, I initially had a plan to sort all the books I'd read into categories ... motherhood was one. I eventually abandoned this concept but might revisit it some day. The thing is ... none of my motherhood books overlap with yours.

Lisa said...

I haven't heard of a couple of these and I'm very intrigued.

Anonymous said...

I really want to read Coraline sometime.

And what a good idea to write a post on books about mothers this week :)

Anonymous said...

Excellent post and suggestions as always.

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