I should have finished reading all the articles on NPR's summer booklist page before hitting publish on my last post. Here's one that I think might tickle the fancy of adventuring loving, sword wielding, newly parental types out there. Now who might that sound like?
Review also from Glen Weldon:
The first six issues of Mouse Guard, writer/artist David Petersen's epic-in-the-making about medieval intrigue among mice, has just been released in a nifty hardcover edition, and now's the time to get on board. Petersen creates a rich and painstakingly detailed world of anthropomorphized adventure in each panel; the battles are beautifully rendered and thrilling, but you're just as likely to marvel over his depiction of everyday life in a mouse village. (Check out the opening sequence.) If there exists anyone who is unmoved by the sheer, giddy awesomeness that is manifest in a fight scene between a crab and a sword-wielding mouse in a teensy purple cape, I don't want to meet them.
Hear, hear! I couldn't agree more.
Oh, and Jenn? The NPR summer reading list also has an article written by Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl who reviews younger reader books to recommend.