Anytime I go to a library or book store I mostly get a lot of comics. My favorite author is Raina Telgemeier because she writes a lot of good comics. I have read four of her books so far:
Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier
Ghosts is about 2 sisters named Cat and Maya who move to (fictional) Bahía de la Luna. They moved there because Maya has Cystic Fibrosis and the air was better for her there. Cat does not like it there because people talk a lot about ghosts. Ghosts scare Cat, but Maya thinks it’s cool. On November 1st, Cat meets her first ghost… and the story gets really good!
I love scary things, so I knew I’d love Ghosts. The book isn’t that scary though, so even if you don’t like very scary things, its more of a fun book than scary! My favorite part is when the Halloween party is going on. I want to have a party like that for Halloween some day.
Smile, by Raina Telgemeier
Smile is about a girl named Raina with a younger sister and a younger brother. When Raina falls, she knocks out one of her front teeth, and her other front tooth was pushed up into her gums. Ouch! The fall gave her some dental problems and she needed braces and other dental work. This made things difficult for her because she was in middle school. I also learned that this is a true story of the authors life (an autobiography).
My favorite part in Smile is when she gets her braces off. I don’t have braces, but I think if I needed them, I would read this book a lot more too. I wish there was not people who were mean to Raina. But, since some kids are mean sometimes, it’s a good book to read about those issues.
Sisters, by Raina Telgemeier
Sisters is also about the author’s life! The story follows Raina and her sister Amara, and their little brother Will. The family goes on a week-long car ride to their cousins house, and on the way home their car breaks down. Their mom takes Will and goes to a car repair shop and leaves Raina and Amara on the side of the road for 3 1/2 hours! That’s a long time to be alone with your annoying sister. The girls have to figure out how to get along.
I really know what this is like, with 3 little sisters!
There was one part in Sisters that I really thought was funny. At one part, Raina wakes up and thinks that there is a snake, but really it’s just her uncle making bacon!
Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
Drama is about a girl named Callie. She meets 2 brothers at school and becomes best friends with them. Callie is on the stage crew of her school play. She convinces one of the brothers, Justin, to join the cast of the play. The other brother, Jesse, doesn’t want to join the play because he has stage fright. When some bad things happen to another performer, Callie, Justin, & Jesse have to figure out how to save the play.
My favorite part in this book was when Callie tries to blow the cannon. Instead of a lot of confetti coming out, only a little pinch came out.
My favorite character in all of the stories I have read is Raina. It is cool knowing this character is based on the author’s real life. I’d love to be able to ask her some questions. If I had a chance to interview Raina Telgemeier I would ask her these questions:
- What inspired you to write each of these books?
- How old were you when you started writing stories?
- In Ghosts and Drama (the books without a character named Raina) – are these stories like a time in your life? Are any parts from your real life experiences?
Raina Telgemeier also has comics called The Baby Sitters Club. I have not read these books yet. These will be the next books I buy. I am sure I will like them because Raina Telgemeier wrote them. If you want to read any of these books yourself you can find them here:
About the Author
Kiki is a 10 year old who lives in Phoenix, AZ with her parents and 3 little sisters. She is an expert big sister and enjoys reading to her sisters and helping around the house. She is in 4th grade and enjoys math and running on the cross-country team. When she is at home, she likes playing outside with her friends and practicing gymnastics. She hopes to inspire other kids to read while she grows her first business, Storytime With Kiki. She’d love to hear your feedback and recommendations!