May 2024 MassBook List

Maus by Art Spiegelman

by Art Spiegelman

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive.

Batman: Wayne Family Adventures, Vol. 1 by CRC Payne

Batman needs a break. But with new vigilante Duke Thomas moving into Wayne Manor and an endless supply of adopted, fostered, and biological superhero children to manage, Bruce Wayne is going to have his hands full. Being a father can’t be harder than being Batman, right?

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang

This tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he’s the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, who is ruining his cousin Danny’s life with his yearly visits. Their lives and stories come together with an unexpected twist in this action-packed modern fable.

Good Eggs by Phoebe Potts

Good Eggs
by Phoebe Potts

In the tradition of the acclaimed graphic memoirs Fun Home and Persepolis, Phoebe Potts’s Good Eggs is a funny, insightful, and deeply moving book about learning to appreciate what we have…even when we can’t seem to get what we want.

Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The school lunch lady, a secret crime fighter, investigates a suspicious author after he visits the school and the gym teacher goes missing.

Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

Wallace the Brave
by Will Henry

Follows the adventures of Wallace, his best friend Spud, and new girl Amelia, as they explore their hometown of Snug Harbor.

The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel

From the author of Fun Home, a profoundly affecting graphic memoir of Bechdel’s lifelong love affair with exercise, set against a hilarious chronicle of fitness fads in our times.

Persepolis by Marjan Strapi

by Marjan Strapi

A wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.