Storytelling comes in many forms. There is the direct story told in prose, there are verse novels and comic book style stories. I have always found it hard to read comic books. I am a much more straightforward type of person. That being said my nephews love to read books like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and are much more in tune with that kind of writing. Just when I think no one can come up with a new way to tell a story, I get the surprise of my life.
Doodlebug: A Novel in Doodles by Karen Romano Young is a great new book that kids will love to read. She has written a wonderful novel about a girl named 'Dodo' and her new life in a new town and new school. I was immediately captivated by this character and the way she expressed her feelings. I felt as if I was reading her diary. It is a fun and sweet book that quickly gets the reader involved in the story. I would recommend this book to almost anyone but especially to kids who are considered "reluctant" readers.
(I also love the title----cleverest one I have read in a long time.)