Five fantastic comic books chosen by Sophy Henn

Published on: 08 July 2024

Author-illustrator Sophy Henn recommends her favourite comic books to get children reading. 

Illustration: Sophy HennIllustration: Sophy Henn

Baloney and Friends by Greg Pizzoli 

Follow a joyous band of four: Baloney the pig, Peanut the horse, Bizz the bee and, possibly my fav, the ever-grumpy Krabbit on their lovely, gentle, everyday adventures. This book is great for all ages, but is a perfect jumping off point for younger readers into the world of comic books. 

Looshkin by Jamie Smart 

High energy, utterly bonkers and totally hilarious. More comic book genius from Jamie Smart, who has done so much to create space for comic books on our shop, library, and bookshelves. 

Illustration: Jamie SmartIllustration: Jamie Smart

Certified kid wonder and engineer Juniper Mae is a heroine who can build her own gadgets and take herself off on her own adventures too, thank you very much – but maybe they are better with her tama-tama sidekick, AlbieA beautifully illustrated comic book, full of adventure and great for readers interested in STEM subjects. 

Anything that combines roller skating, self-acceptance, a bit of feminism and rainbow socks is obviously going to make my top five. An action-packed story about Astrid’s summer of self-discovery where she tries to work who she is, where she belongs and navigate friendships, new and old.  

Illustration: Victoria JamiesonIllustration: Victoria Jamieson

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki 

I could have chosen Heartstopper but you all know about that, so This One Summer will get my ‘comic books for older readers’ spot. A beautifully illustrated coming of age story, that ambles from lazy summers that are giddy and carefree to ones that come with secrets, self-awareness, and a little melancholy, resulting in the gentle acceptance that some things will never be the same. 

Happy Hills: Attack of the Giant Danger Kittens by Sophy Henn is out now. 

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