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Guts

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Author/Publisher/Website: Telgemeier, R.
Copyright: 2019
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Nov/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9780545852500
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 3-6
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Resource Description

The newest addition to Raina Telgemeier’s autobiographical series, her graphic memoir “Guts,” explores Raina’s onset of anxiety, how she navigates her emotions, and how she develops some strategies to eventually manage her feelings. The book uses brightly-coloured images, easy-to-read text, detailed drawings, and a light-hearted narrative to explore the themes of identity, adolescence, and mental health. This novel is suitable for students in Grade 3–6 as a choice in literature circles and the novel may be particularly appropriate to invite deep and complex conversations in the classroom about mental wellness and anxiety.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Positive Personal and Cultural Identity
Personal Awareness and Responsibility
Social Responsibility
Comments:
This graphic novel supports the English Language Arts curriculum Big Idea that "exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world." In addition to English Language Arts, this novel works well with the Physical and Health Education curriculum, notably in connection to the Big Idea that "personal choices and social and environmental factors influence our health and well-being." Along with the subject curricula, “Guts” also supports the Core Competencies, particularly the Personal and Social Competency (Personal Awareness and Responsibility).

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Extensively
Social Considerations Comments:
“Guts” is a gentle exploration of one child's onset of anxiety as they approach young adulthood. There are fleeting references to puberty and menstruation, and while some of the children tease others who have not yet hit puberty, they all recognize puberty involves changes that are both physical and emotional. The text serves to normalize counselling as a healthy outlet, particularly for children who are working through emotions and changes. The adults in the novel are largely supportive, even if they don't always understand what Raina is going through.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
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Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
Anxiety and puberty are relevant, timely, and meaningful social issues that are taken up in this text. Told through the medium of a graphic novel, Raina's emotions are magnified through the colourful illustrations and clear facial expressions. The language is accessible and the text is easy to follow. Both subjects—anxiety and puberty—are handled delicately and in an age-appropriate manner.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Extensively
Is the resource easy to use?
Extensively
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Extensively
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
Extensively
Comments:
The graphic novel makes use of a variety of story panels, maintaining visual interest throughout the text. The images are brightly coloured and light-hearted, and the author/illustrator focuses on capturing emotions using detailed facial drawings. There are thought bubbles, speech bubbles, narration panels, and sound effects throughout the novel, all of which add to the visual elements of the story, and effectively propel the narrative.

PRINT NOVEL

Does the text show insight into the complexity of the human condition?
Extensively
Does the text broaden students’ experiences and understanding?
Extensively
To what degree is this text stylistically rich?
Moderately
Plot description:
“Guts” is the story of Raina, an ordinary young girl in a very large family. One day, Raina gets food poisoning and this sets into motion her anxiety. Raina becomes increasingly worried about vomiting, and this also manifests itself in her school and social life. Raina struggles to stay focused at school, resulting in stomach aches and fears of throwing up, which leads to loss of sleep, making it even harder to focus. One of her classmates is particularly hard on her, and Raina responds in kind. As her anxiety increases, Raina begins to see a counselor and develops some strategies for managing her anxiety. As she matures, she even finds a way to connect with her worst enemy.
Related Comments:
The visuals in “Guts” effectively communicate the story. The feelings and emotions of Raina and her family are captured in their facial expressions, communicating so much more than words alone. Along with the effective use of visuals, there are interesting and provocative questions such as, "Can you be sick if you're not sick? Can you be healthy even if you hurt?" that gently invite a deeper, more complex conversation about mental wellness and anxiety.
Genre:
Autobiography
Literary Highlights:
Complex conflict
Point of view
Type:
Graphic Novel
Autobiography
Visual Highlights:
Graphic Novel
Autobiography

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
Below intended grade level(s)
Comments:
“Guts” was released in September 2019, and at the time of review (November 2019) there were no awards posted yet.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
The graphic novel “Guts” is part of a series by Raina Telgemeier. It would work well as an addition to both a classroom and a school library collection. This text could be part of a literature circle offering, possibly a themed offering with other texts that also support the exploration of identity (or a literature circle based on text forms/genres, as this would work as both a graphic novel and an autobiographical story).
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