With the new Minions movie opening today, there has been a surge of Minion everything the last few months. Titan Comics has created Minion comics to give the Minion fan more stories of mischief and silliness. The comics have been a hit with my four year old son as the pages have minimal text (most with no text at all) and an art style that depicts the Minions in a new way. Here is a sample:
The real value of the comic is that it inspires storytelling from my son, and it could for any emerging reader. When we first started looking at these comics, I just needed to help with sequencing by pointing to a panel and asking “what is happening here?” and my son would give me his version of the story. My son had to depend on the facial expression to try and piece together a story (plus it led to some discussions on emotions as well). Soon, my son had the sequence of a comic page down and he was weaving his own Minion stories based on the visuals. At times he would create a story with so much detail, in regards to what he thought the Minion was thinking, that it left me amazed. Best of all, he will grab his comic on his own (when it’s not reading time) and just sit and look at the visuals and come up to me and tell me a Minion story. It’s a step in the right direction in creating a lifelong reader.
These comics are great for teaching the basic sequence of a comic and allowing a pre-reader to create their own stories. Most of the stories are contained to a single page in the comic, which gives the reader many different stories within one comic book. The Minions comics have been a great addition to our summer reading list.