First up is a graphic novel by Frank Cammuso, called "Knights of the Lunch Table, Volume 1: The Dodgeball Chronicles," published by Scholastic/Graphix.
If you're into King Arthur, you'll love the literary references made in this book!
About "Knights of the Lunch Table (from Scholastic):
"Artie King just wants to ease into life at Camelot Middle School. He’s got new lunch buddies, Percy and Wayne, and his science teacher, Mr. Merlyn, is pretty cool. But then there’s scary Principal Dagger and big bad Joe and The Horde, a bunch of brawny bullies who rule the school."
Paperback: 144 pages
I love Frank's artwork and the story is just awesome!
If you love Frank's work, I'd also like to recommend, "Otto's Orange Day" written by Jay Lynch, illustrated by Frank Cammuso and published by Toon Books.
About "Otto's Orange Day" (from Toon Books):
"WHEN OTTO THE CAT MEETS A MAGICAL GENIE, he knows just what to wish for: he makes the whole world orange! At first, this new, bright world seems like a lot of fun, but when his mom serves orange spinach for lunch, Otto realizes that his favorite color isn’t the best color for everything. Fixing this mixed-up world won’t be easy though because Otto already used up his only wish. To save the day, Otto will need his family’s help, some quick thinking, and…a pizza?
Hardcover: 40 pages
Next up is the book that won the 2008 Caldecott Medal called "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," written by Brian Selznick, published by Scholastic Press.
About "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" (from the book's web site):
"ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message all come together...in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
This 526-page book is told in both words and pictures. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not exactly a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things. Each picture (there are nearly three hundred pages of pictures!) takes up an entire double page spread, and the story moves forward because you turn the pages to see the next moment unfold in front of you."
This book is just amazing. That's the only way I can describe it. I love the story and the way Brian uses illustrations to help tell this story is just terrific! The Caldecott Medal was well deserved. If you've not read the book, I highly suggest it.
Now get reading!