Novel-length illustrated stories, or graphic novels, are a growing segment of children's publishing. Here's a selection of fall offerings.
"Cardboard," by Doug TenNapel; Graphix (288 pages $12.99, ages 10 to 14)
The author-illustrator of "Ghostopolis" and "Bad Island" is back with another engaging story, about a father who buys his son a cardboard box for his birthday, which they craft into a man who comes to life. (August).
"Drama," by Raina Telgemeier; Graphix (240 pages $10.99, ages 10 to 14)
The creator of the Eisner Award-winning "Smile" offers a story of a dysfunctional middle-grade theater crew and their dramas both on- and offstage. (September).
"Rust: Secrets of the Cell," by Royden Lepp; Archaia Entertainment (200 pages $24.95, ages 8 and up)
In this beautifully illustrated follow-up to "Rust: Visitor in the Field," a robot attacks a farm, and a family suspects the mysterious young boy they've been caring for may be more involved than he has let on. (October).
"A Wrinkle in Time," by Madeleine L'Engle and Hope Larson; Farrar, Straus & Giroux (392 pages $19.99, ages 10 and up)
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Newbery Award-winning classic gets the graphic novel treatment. Meg, Charles and Calvin, along with Mrs. Who, Whatsit and Which, are in full color as they experience the tessering and defend the universe. (October).
"Broxo," by Zack Giallongo; First Second (240 pages $16.99, ages 10 and up)
It's zombies versus barbarians in this fantasy that pits the only surviving member of a tribe of barbarians against the walking dead, who live in a nearby lake. (October).
"Fangbone! The Birthday Party of Dread," by Michael Rex; Putnam Juvenile (122 pages $5.99, ages 6 and up)
The charming barbarian in fur underwear and a horned helmet is back for another madcap adventure that sees his best friend's birthday party crashed by a monster. (August).