Compilation of comics for young readers, up to age 15

as compiled by discussions on FB πŸ™‚
Will add to it as we go along.

The Complete Tomorrow Stories by Alan Moore
Alan Moore – Tom Strong
Reggie Lee
Jimi Germ Comics
Major Zombie
Geronimo stilton, asterix obelix
Some of the Gempak Starz series (BM or Mandarin)

Old Disney comics
New disney early reader comics (up to Level 3)
Just about any Golden Age Marvel or DC comics. You know, like in those bumper B&W compilations you can get.
Asterix, Steven Sterk, Lucky Luke, Johan ; Pirlouit, etc. Billy batson and the magic of shazam Teen TItans Year one.
Bone, Doraemon, Smurfs, Tintin and the Wizard of Oz.

Don says:

” all of these are usually categorized as “All-Ages Friendly”, which means the grown-ups can feel free to enjoy them too.

Also, the age bands are based on my own opinion and as parents, you’d obviously know what level of reading your child is currently at, so adjust accordingly.

Anyways, assuming you’re asking specifically for super-hero material, here we go:

5-9 year olds:
1) DC Super Friends – based on the toy line from Mattel (you don’t have to buy the toys to enjoy the stories), this was a kid-friendly comic book title that’s no longer in print, unfortunately. Luckily, the comics have been collected in the following books:…/dp/1401221564…/dp/1401229123…/dp/1401222897…/dp/1401230318

2) Tiny Titans – a brilliant all-ages comic book series based on the Teen Titans characters as playschool kids. Collected in the following volumes (I haven’t listed all 8 volumes here):…/dp/1401220789…/dp/1401223281…/dp/1401223281…/dp/140123173X

3) Superman Family Adventures…/dp/140124050X…/dp/1401244157

7-10 year olds:
1) Green Lantern Animated – based on the cartoon, this is a kid-friendly collection of the ongoing comic book:…/dp/140123819X…/dp/1401243282

2) The All-New Batman Brave & The Bold – based on the cartoon series, this was an awesome kid-friendly version of the classic Batman team-up book. It’s been collected in the following volumes:…/dp/1401232728…/dp/1401228968…/dp/1401231438…/dp/1401238521…/dp/1401235247

3) Young Justice – again, based on the now-cancelled TV series, this is aimed at slightly older kids. Collected as follows:…/dp/1401233570…/dp/1401237487…/dp/1401237487…/dp/1401237487

4) The Incredibles – a comic book series based on the Pixar characters, written by Mark Waid, legendary comic book writer. Iz good comics, collected as follows:…/dp/1934506834…/dp/1608865185…/dp/B005OL9U8S……/dp/1608865835

8-13 year olds:
1) Marvel Adventures Spider-Man – the younger reader friendly adventures of everyone’s favorite wall crawler. Incidentally, the “Marvel Adventures” branding covers other Marvel heroes too and is the designation for the younger reader series. So if you’re on the lookout for kid-friendly Marvel superhero material, look for that branding. Some collections below, but there are a lot of additional volumes I haven’t listed:…/dp/0785117393…/dp/0785119035…/dp/0785141170…/dp/0785123105

2) Showcase Presents collections – these are black and white reprints of classic DC comic books from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, published as nice, thick, phonebook-sized collections. Some material collects horror and war stuff, but a lot of classic, beloved superhero stuff is collected too. Considering the time period this is from, it’s pretty tame by today’s standards, but parents should still select material based on what you think is appropriate for your respective kids:…

3) Marvel Essentials collections – the equivalent black & white, phonebook-sized collections of classic and much-beloved Marvel comic books:…

If you want that expanded beyond superheroes, it’s gonna need a different post.

Super Friends: For Justice! (Super Friends (DC Comics))
The super-hot Mattel Justice League line leaps to the printed page in this all-a… ”


Fast4Malaysia 2013 and other snippets.

As mentioned in an earlier blog post, we decided to participate in the #Fast4Malaysia this year so here are some snapshots & thoughts:

j2 and I at sahur

j2 and I at sahur

Here’s j2 and I at Sahur (meal before daybreak) enjoying our meal together. We had croissants with mascarpone (from our raw milk suppliers-review on that later!), mango (given by our inlaws the day before), j2 had a chocolate muffin as well . We also had 2-3 glasses of water, as suggested by Auntie Zasz πŸ™‚ He decided to read a book and stay up, while I went back to sleep. I had given the kids the option to have a water only fast, if they wanted and I had said they don’t have to join in if they didn’t want to, j1 and k couldn’t wake up (j1 didnt want to join in this year anyway) so it was just j2 and I πŸ™‚

Later on, I went to my meeting at Whisk (oh the smells of delicious coffee), and I had to explain why I was fasting, although I am not Muslim. They were quite fascinated I think πŸ™‚ Due to my meeting’s extended time, I went to get McD’s for the Don and the other 2 (gasp! I know, we haven’t really had McD’s in eons, don’t tend to go eat), and I asked j2 if he wanted to eat or carry on, I didnt mind either way, he had done very well, making it to half day as it was, with no water even. He was really undecided so I said he can let Dad know when he’s decided. He later asked his dad to sms me to say he’d like to eat. So I told him again later, that I was VERY VERY proud of him for fasting for half a day, and for even wanting to participate πŸ™‚

After their BM classes, on the drive home, where we talked about the Abrahamic religions, and how many religions/cultures included fasting in various forms, and why Muslims fast during this particular month, and spiritualism, vs being spiritual, (yes, it is a long drive (and there was traffic) LOL) and that although we may not subscribe to any one religion, we should try and live out the basic tenements within all of those religions.

After the other 2 got distracted with another discussion, I had asked j2 about his thoughts on fasting (his essay is below) and all that, esp with what we’ve discussed before. He said that he thought it’s good to be a part of something like this, and that he particularly liked how people should do more charity, and think about nicer things and be nicer to people. He said that they should do that every day but he admitted that sadly that isn’t the case, is it Mama? So I told him, yes, that’s true, but so long as WE continue to try and be kind to people, to be considerate and do charity/social work on top of daily life, it will all pan out in the end. He nodded and was quiet for a while. K asked don’t poor people also have to go through not eating sometimes, cos they can’t afford it, so everybody does it to understand how lucky we are? I wasn’t sure how to answer that, so I said yes, poor people often struggle to put food on their tables, but we must also not waste food unnecessarily and be thankful, yes. He nodded and then changed the subject again (it’s like that UP dog, “squirrel!” and then get back to things LOL).

During our drive, K had later said that he’d like to live in England or something when he’s older.. and j2 asked him why? k was like I dunno.. j2 told him: theres nothing wrong with ours, why would you want to live anywhere else? Travel lots, yes, but here it’s where our home is, good things to eat, friends, lots to see. We are Malaysian. and then looks at me. I was trying not to tear up .. J1 says: are you ok Mama, it’s the low blood sugar isn’t it, cos you’re fasting.. I had to laugh πŸ™‚

I told the boys, yes, do travel the world & Malaysia, experience as much as you can, and yes, j2 is right, this is our home, where we belong. No one can tell you any different. πŸ™‚ Then the convo moved to less serious stuff, like BeyBlades and STGCC. I have very odd convos and discussion with my boys in the car or elsewhere, well, odd to some people anyway. πŸ™‚ I wonder if they will remember these convos later on, especially about the deeper stuff as it were.

We picked up minion SV who was also doing her 1st fast as well and headed home to drop the kids before heading to Pasar Ramadan TTDI (well you gotta have PARAM food every Ramadan right? :D). We met Flo (who was fasting too!) there too. It was tempting to over-buy (especially if you’re hungry!), but we made ourselves walk up and down and then choose carefully what to buy. Even then, I think we did go a little bit overboard LOL

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just some of the purchases!

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Flo and SV πŸ™‚

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almost time! πŸ™‚

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Here I am πŸ™‚

I made it, this time with no water at all (which in previous years I had done only water fasts). πŸ™‚ It was good to keep busy and try NOT to think about the fact that I was fasting, I suspect that helps you then not think about the thirst/hunger. I know it’s only a day, but I think it’s good to do these things (whether for Fast4Malaysia or not), as it is shared experiences, understanding what others do as part of their lives, etc. I like to think that it is good for my boys too, to see it, experience it indirectly or directly and for us to talk over these things, to have a little empathy at the very least as part of themselves. We seem to lack empathy and understanding these days. Tolerance just isnt the right word I’d use. Tolerance smacks of “I will stand you/your practices under duress” like traffic jams. I prefer to teach empathy and understanding in whatever limited way that I can, or to practice it as best I can. We don’t always, after all, we are human, everyone has prejudices, experiences etc, but how you choose to act on it, or NOT act on it, really boils down to you. Kids learn from the adults around them, that’s their benchmark, not necessarily from an exam subject or from their religious books. That is something that many adults forget or not think about, perhaps.

It is a week till the end of Ramadan, I’d like to wish all a peaceful, spritual, love-filled Hari Raya Aidilfitri. May there be blessings and understanding for all! πŸ™‚

Anyway, those are my thoughts for this year’s #fast4Malaysia πŸ™‚ Major Kudos to all those who participated, all around the world! πŸ™‚ you can see some of them on The Fast4Malaysia tumblr site πŸ™‚

Here’s j2’s πŸ™‚


Tesco Online shopping and home delivery: our honest opinion.

Earlier this year, I had put my name down on the “interested parties” if Tesco Online/Home Delivery came to our shores.

So when we got a notification that we could now register for the online shopping, I signed up straight away.

The process was relatively simple, name, contact number, delivery address and email (and your Tesco clubcard if you were a member). I received a confirmation email straight away.

So off we went to shop, metaphorically speaking.

We could select from various categories, the fresh produce, household items, health & beauty, some other categories and the sub categories listed further choices, for example, you had vegetables split into root vegetables and so on.

There was pictures (yay!), they did load a little slowly and there were some duplication of images so you weren’t always sure if it is your regular product, and there’s no product description as such.

After making your selections, your items in the cart are listed at the side bar and you can add, remove, ammend up to 10:30pm, the night before delivery, which was useful.

You pay upon delivery (credit card or debit only) and you also get to choose your time slot for delivery.

Actually generally it was pretty straight forward to use, even if you aren’t a regular online shopper. It was pretty fully stocked with the items that we buy from Tesco, I don’t tend to buy fresh produce from there however, but I did this time, just to test it πŸ™‚

On delivery day, the deliveryman went through the list and items in the basket (the kids found this whole process very interesting hehe), explaining which items were either not in stock or offered a replacement, we could choose to accept it or have that taken off our list. Once everything was checked off, only then you will pay. The kids found the truck very interesting, it was split up into different sections, including refridgerated and frozen. The deliveryman was pleasant and helpful so that was good too πŸ™‚

The only real quibble I’d have is too many plastic bags, almost every product was in its own plastic bag (not much doubling up either), We try not to use plastic bags, preferring our re-useable bags, so a better solution for that should be found.

Overall a very good experience. I am not sure how often I’d use this service (we tend not to use credit/debit cards), but it’s good to have this option if we need it!

Where to go: Tesco Online Shopping

Happy shopping!