I love to read, but by the time the tot’s in bed – after all that playing, and then cleaning up, dinner to cook, bath time, catch up with my wife, answer emails, etc. etc. – I’m exhausted. My attention span shot, I only make it through a few pages of a novel before drifting to sleep. And nonfiction? Might as well try reading a textbook. I go right out.
What can a book lover like me do? I’ve devised two solutions: short stories (more on that later), and graphic novels.
Once the realm of teenagers, the comic book has come of age these days. Graphic novels – illustrated stories that unfold with the depth and complexity of a traditional novel – tackle superheros, but also parent-child relationships, family secrets, political situations, you name it. In the hands of a master, the pages of a graphic novel are organized and illustrated with intention, flair, and true beauty. Being less word heavy than novels, and often divided into easy-to-digest chapters, graphic novels provide all the entertainment, emotion, and intellectual stimulation of reading a book, but they go down a little easier, I think.
Interested in giving one a try? Here are 10 graphic novels that will appeal to parents in particular.
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