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Claudette is determined to be a monster slayer like her father. When she learns that there's a giant loose outside her town's fortress walls, the spunky redhead with a penchant for lock-picking vows to hunt the beast down and slay it. What follows, says the New York Times, is a "rollicking fun story."

Jorge Aguirre's graphic novel, Giants Beware!, was illustrated by Rafael Rosado, a 20-year veteran of the animation industry. He's worked as a writer, director, producer and storyboard artist on shows like The Animaniacs, Men in Black: The Animated Series and Curious George.

Rosado's work in Giants Beware!, which was published in 2012, has been very well received. Publishers Weekly said, " ... the glorious full-color illustrations, which pack a novel's worth of expression onto cartoon faces, should bring readers back for multiple reads of this many-layered story."

Rosado will visit Worthington Libraries this fall for two workshops that aim to teach kids more about the process of creating a graphic novel.

According to Publisher's Weekly, over the past decade, the graphic novel category has become one of the fastest-growing in libraries of all kinds, "as a new generation of librarians adopts the category as a means to energize collections and boost circulation and patronage."

Although graphic novels can be simply defined as book-length comics, their content is no longer limited to the escapades of superheroes or slapstick humor. Content is also no longer limited to children. Groundbreaking works for adults include Art Spiegelman's Maus: A Survivor's Tale and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood -- both memoirs -- one of the Holocaust, the other of growing up in Iran.

The library's upcoming graphic novel workshops are just for kids, though. Rosado will not only explain how a graphic novel is created, he'll share how he got started as an artist. Kids will also have time to work on their own short stories.

Workshops are planned on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., and Oct. 12 at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road. Both are planned from 10 a.m. to noon.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.