I had the pleasure of meeting with three classmates and my professor last week. While it was a virtual meet, it was a meet no less and it is always nice to put a face to a name, especially given that I have had more than one class with each of these particular classmates. While we did discuss some of the book, we also got into other topics surrounding librarianship, teaching, and graphic novels. It was a really great conversation and I’m thankful for that opportunity to meet with classmates.
The book we read for class was Guts but Raina Telgemeier. I, personally, did not like the book as much as my classmates for myself; however, I did see a great value in this text for children and more specifically, for students in my school. Guts is a coming-of-age graphic novel that shows the evolution of bathroom humor through puberty and throws in a healthy dose of anxiety and health issues for good measure. There are troubles that characters in the text face like the fear of being accepted, the fear of public speaking, the fear of being ridiculed over a family-favorite-packed-lunch. These fears are very true for anyone who has experienced them and my guess is that through reading the book, most children ages 8-12 will have first-hand experience with at least one of the topics covered in the book.
Overall, Guts is a great graphic novel that presents a lot of troublesome and stressful experiences children and tweens have and frames it in a non-intimidating way through graphics and storytelling. Boys and girls alike can benefit from taking the time to read Guts by Raina Telgemeier.