Comic-Con has announced the nominees for the 2020 Eisner Awards, which celebrate comics and graphic novels. The awards are given in 31 categories. Here are the ones specifically for younger audiences:
BEST PUBLICATION FOR EARLY READERS
Comics: Easy as ABC by Ivan Brunetti
Kitten Construction Company: A Bridge Too Fur by John Patrick Green
The Pigeons HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems
A Trip to the Top of the Volcano with Mouse by Frank Viva
¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market by Raúl the Third
Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea and Zachariah Ohora
BEST PUBLICATION FOR KIDS
Akissi: More Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet and Mathieu Sapin
Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey
Guts by Raina Telgemeier (Also nominated for Best Writer/Artist)
New Kid by Jerry Craft
This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
The Wolf in Underpants by Wilfrid Lupano, Mayana Itoïz, and Paul Cauuet
BEST PUBLICATION FOR TEENS
Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh (Also nominated for Best Writer and Best Penciller/Inker)
Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers
Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Also nominated for Best Writer and Best Penciller/Inker)
Penny Nichols by MK Reed, Greg Means, and Matt Wiegle (Also nominated for Best Writer)
Again Again by E. Lockhart (9780385744799)
This inventive book from the author of We Were Liars offers readers a way to look at the world as more than a single continuum but instead a landscape of possibilities. Adelaide is spending the summer on the empty campus of the private school that she attends and where her father teaches. The plan had been to spend the summer with her boyfriend, but just as summer was about to start, he abruptly broke up with her and headed off to an international study program. Now Adelaide spends her time walking dogs that she doesn’t own and avoiding dealing with her failing grade in a set design course. Then she meets a boy at the dog park and all sorts of options appear to fill her summer with new love, friendship, dogs, accidents, and art.
Lockhart is a constantly creative author who manages to continue to surprise and delight with her novels. Here she explores an entire world of parallel universes driven by small choices in daily lives. It’s a way without being preachy to show us all that we do not have one chosen monogamous relationship that is our destiny, but rather many options, parallel and fascinating, endlessly spiraling out from one another.
I particularly loved the characters that Lockhart creates here. They are maddening at times but also glorious individuals who are creative and interesting. Adelaide in particular is exceptionally drawn, particularly given the parallel choices she could make. This lets us explore her character more deeply, seeing the various options and the life she could have chosen.
A great read that will get you philosophically thinking of your own parallel universes. Appropriate for ages 14-18.
Reviewed from e-galley provided by Delacorte Press.