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Third grader Vera Vance has signed up for the comics camp after-school program, but her mother would much rather she focus on academics, athletics, music. . . anything but comics! Vera loves all things comic books, so she can't wait for the comics after-school class to start--even though her mother wonders whether it's educational enough. But Vera is deter Third grader Vera Vance has signed up for the comics camp after-school program, but her mother would much rather she focus on academics, athletics, music. . . anything but comics! Vera loves all things comic books, so she can't wait for the comics after-school class to start--even though her mother wonders whether it's educational enough. But Vera is determined to participate, and starts developing her own comic about Big Spoon and Little Spoon with the encouragement of her enthusiastic friend Nixie and instruction from teachers who are accomplished cartoonists themselves. As the weeks go by, the after-school teachers announce that for the final class, students will go on a field trip to a local comic-con--and they can even enter a page from their comics in a contest that will be judged there! Vera isn't surprised when her mother says she can't go. But maybe Big Spoon and Little Spoon can convince her mother to accept her passion. Vera Vance: Comics Star follows Nixie Ness: Cooking Star in the After-School Superstars chapter book series. Perfect for fans of Judy Moody, Ivy and Bean, and Clementine, the series is illustrated in black and white and each book includes a bonus activity that corresponds to the book's plot. A Junior Library Guild Selection!


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Third grader Vera Vance has signed up for the comics camp after-school program, but her mother would much rather she focus on academics, athletics, music. . . anything but comics! Vera loves all things comic books, so she can't wait for the comics after-school class to start--even though her mother wonders whether it's educational enough. But Vera is deter Third grader Vera Vance has signed up for the comics camp after-school program, but her mother would much rather she focus on academics, athletics, music. . . anything but comics! Vera loves all things comic books, so she can't wait for the comics after-school class to start--even though her mother wonders whether it's educational enough. But Vera is determined to participate, and starts developing her own comic about Big Spoon and Little Spoon with the encouragement of her enthusiastic friend Nixie and instruction from teachers who are accomplished cartoonists themselves. As the weeks go by, the after-school teachers announce that for the final class, students will go on a field trip to a local comic-con--and they can even enter a page from their comics in a contest that will be judged there! Vera isn't surprised when her mother says she can't go. But maybe Big Spoon and Little Spoon can convince her mother to accept her passion. Vera Vance: Comics Star follows Nixie Ness: Cooking Star in the After-School Superstars chapter book series. Perfect for fans of Judy Moody, Ivy and Bean, and Clementine, the series is illustrated in black and white and each book includes a bonus activity that corresponds to the book's plot. A Junior Library Guild Selection!

30 review for Vera Vance: Comics Star

  1. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    With the increasing interest in comics/superheroes and graphic novels for all ages, the decision to feature a girl who loves to draw comics is very current. Vera lives with her conservative mother, who like many focused moms does not understand the value of the graphic novel. Her perception of comics is a common one, but is mistaken. Vera Vance helps us to see the benefits of this genre and writes a darn amusing comic story of her own about a little spoon who saves the day.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Very Vance loves drawing and comic books. She enrolls in an afterschool comics class to explore her interests; however, her mother finds comics to be impractical and a waste of time. At the heart of the story is Vera struggling to advocate for herself. I love Claudia Mills - and I know this series will be just as popular as the Franklin School series. I especially love that there's a comic and graphic novel reading list at the back for students. Very Vance loves drawing and comic books. She enrolls in an afterschool comics class to explore her interests; however, her mother finds comics to be impractical and a waste of time. At the heart of the story is Vera struggling to advocate for herself. I love Claudia Mills - and I know this series will be just as popular as the Franklin School series. I especially love that there's a comic and graphic novel reading list at the back for students.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lucia Galluzzo

    This book is a great book. And she uses her imagination, works hard, and she also persuades her mother to let her go to the comic con. I liked this book because in the story she is working on it has a very odd topic that I would have not thought of.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Vera Vance Comics Star by Claudia Mills, pictures by Grace Zong, 128 pages. Margaret Ferguson Books, Holiday House, 2020. $16. Content: G. BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE 3rd grader Vera Vance really loves comics - she's so excited to be in the after school comics group with her friend Nixie - they became friends in the first book - Nixie Nash Cooking Star. However, Vera's mom is all about academics and doesn't see comics as a worthwhile activity. Vera would rea Vera Vance Comics Star by Claudia Mills, pictures by Grace Zong, 128 pages. Margaret Ferguson Books, Holiday House, 2020. $16. Content: G. BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE 3rd grader Vera Vance really loves comics - she's so excited to be in the after school comics group with her friend Nixie - they became friends in the first book - Nixie Nash Cooking Star. However, Vera's mom is all about academics and doesn't see comics as a worthwhile activity. Vera would really like to attend the class end field trip to Comic-con, but Mom has already said no. But Vera is learning a lot and class is really fun. Maybe this is her chance to make another friend or two. A great read for 3rd-5th graders, and a cute series (After School Superstars). Although Vera is in 3rd grade, the content is interesting and fun for even the older readers, plus there's some great tips for making your own comics. Lisa Librarian https://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/20...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    Vera Vance loves comics - reading them and drawing them. Her mother, who is a loving and involved though strict single parent, does not. In this story, Vera deals with some anxiety issues while learning about how to make her comics and herself stand up with their own voice. I thought this was a nice on-grade-level read for third graders. The author was in-tune with current teaching and parenting issues (like screen time), but there is one part that was strange to me. The author described the tea Vera Vance loves comics - reading them and drawing them. Her mother, who is a loving and involved though strict single parent, does not. In this story, Vera deals with some anxiety issues while learning about how to make her comics and herself stand up with their own voice. I thought this was a nice on-grade-level read for third graders. The author was in-tune with current teaching and parenting issues (like screen time), but there is one part that was strange to me. The author described the teachers as having a device to project the kids’ art onto the wall. The illustrator drew an overhead projector. Most kids these days would know what a document camera looks like and how to use one. They’re common enough in schools. I think if that one tidbit was fixed before this is published in March, it would be smoother.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    3rd grader Vera Vance really loves comics - she's so excited to be in the after school comics group with her friend Nixie - they became friends in the first book - Nixie Nash Cooking Star. However, Vera's mom is all about academics and doesn't see comics as a worthwhile activity. Vera would really like to attend the class end field trip to Comic-con, but Mom has already said no. But Vera is learning a lot and class is really fun. Maybe this is her chance to make another friend or two. A great re 3rd grader Vera Vance really loves comics - she's so excited to be in the after school comics group with her friend Nixie - they became friends in the first book - Nixie Nash Cooking Star. However, Vera's mom is all about academics and doesn't see comics as a worthwhile activity. Vera would really like to attend the class end field trip to Comic-con, but Mom has already said no. But Vera is learning a lot and class is really fun. Maybe this is her chance to make another friend or two. A great read for 3rd-5th graders, and a cute series (After School Superstars). Although Vera is in 3rd grade, the content is interesting and fun for even the older readers, plus there's some great tips for making your own comics. For this and more of my reviews, visit http://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Devin

    Vera Vance Comics Star is the 2nd book in a series called After-School Superstars. Like a lot of series, it follows a familiar story line with known characters and a predictable and tidy ending. But sometimes, with readers who are still easing into longer chapter books, this feels like a needed safety net. Vera is an anxious girl who doesn’t want to draw attention to herself and doesn’t want to make waves. She wants to do things “right.” Vera’s mom has high expectations for only the best and sign Vera Vance Comics Star is the 2nd book in a series called After-School Superstars. Like a lot of series, it follows a familiar story line with known characters and a predictable and tidy ending. But sometimes, with readers who are still easing into longer chapter books, this feels like a needed safety net. Vera is an anxious girl who doesn’t want to draw attention to herself and doesn’t want to make waves. She wants to do things “right.” Vera’s mom has high expectations for only the best and signs Vera up for enrichment camps. She’s not too happy about Vera wanting to join an after school comics group because comics are not real books and Vera needs things that are academically rigorous. But Vera loves the comics camp and is successful once she can overcome her perfectionist tendencies and express herself. Readers will not only enjoy the story, but they will also learn all about comics and graphic novels!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wina

    Grade 1-5, Claudia Mills is the best for gently realistic reads! This is book 2 in the series. Book 1 was dedicated to me, and I helped with details in the book, so I am emotionally bonded to this series! I love Claudia Mills. Personally. I enjoyed this one so much, I didn't want to put it down. Having a perfectionist main character with a "high expectations" mom was really good. Being in on the comics class was great, too. I love all the instructor parts that were included. There were such tend Grade 1-5, Claudia Mills is the best for gently realistic reads! This is book 2 in the series. Book 1 was dedicated to me, and I helped with details in the book, so I am emotionally bonded to this series! I love Claudia Mills. Personally. I enjoyed this one so much, I didn't want to put it down. Having a perfectionist main character with a "high expectations" mom was really good. Being in on the comics class was great, too. I love all the instructor parts that were included. There were such tender moments in this book, also.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Auslander

    It's Vera's chance to take center stage in Mills' adorable After-School Superstars series. Will her serious mother learn to appreciate the comic book genre and recognize her daughter's talent? Will semi-mean-girl Harper give Vera the room she needs to shine? As always, Mills' characters manage to be heart-warming, thoughtful, and real all at once as they gently tackle real childhood dilemmas. Zong's cheery, zippy illustrations complement the storyline. Highly recommend. It's Vera's chance to take center stage in Mills' adorable After-School Superstars series. Will her serious mother learn to appreciate the comic book genre and recognize her daughter's talent? Will semi-mean-girl Harper give Vera the room she needs to shine? As always, Mills' characters manage to be heart-warming, thoughtful, and real all at once as they gently tackle real childhood dilemmas. Zong's cheery, zippy illustrations complement the storyline. Highly recommend.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stacey May

    GREAT series for readers in second and third grade. Each character has a specific STEAM-related interest or talent. The plot and character development are age-appropriate and diverse. I can see this series becoming a very high-interest read for my students. I believe there are 3 titles in this series and would anticipate there may be a few more to come.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ann Haefele

    Another successful read aloud with my granddaughter over FaceTime. I really liked that the topic was kids creating graphic stories. Lots of good hints on how to write a good story, whether it be text or graphic style. 3rd grader Vera spends a good part of the story trying to convince her mother that graphic novels are not “junk” reading. Thankfully she is successful by the end, due to some ingenuity on Vera’s part.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura Roettiger

    This book was a delight! It works on so many levels as a friendship story, a hero’s journey, an homage to graphic novels, and a reminder that acceptance is an important gift we can give each other. I enjoyed escaping into Vera Vance’s world and am looking forward to the next after school superstars club!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    I really like this series of books for my 1st-3rd grade students who love series books. The characters are diverse and their interests are fun and engaging. I hope that it actually encourages students to try new activities even though trying new things can be a bit scary.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Lavenda-Carroll

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  15. 5 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received an ARC of this book at ALA Midwinter 2020.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diane White

    This story was okay. Vera wants to go to a comic con with her comic book after school class. Vera’s mom finds this activity a waste of time. The book flows the class and Vera and her mom’s relationship.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Thomas

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Baim

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sakky

  23. 4 out of 5

    hhertzof

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  25. 5 out of 5

    Samady

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fannie Siegel

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Clausen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dyl

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karla Collins

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

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