Belinda the Unbeatable

From the Series Game for Adventure

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Belinda’s upbeat. Her best friend, Barbara, is shy. But both of them are joining a magical game of musical chairs! When the music starts, the girls’ school gym becomes a tricky, colorful obstacle course. Will Belinda and Barbara’s friendship keep them in the game? Find out in this word-free graphic novel.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Graphic Novels
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2017-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV008150, JUV039060, JUV032040
Dewey 741.5/973
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.75 x 10.25
Guided Reading Level WB
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Lee Nordling

Two-time Eisner nominee Lee Nordling is an award-winning writer, editor, and creative director who has worked on staff at Disney Publishing, DC Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine. His book The Bramble won the 2013 Moonbeam Gold Medal for Picture Books (ages 4-8), and BirdCatDog, an Eisner Award nominee, was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best children's books of 2014, and won the Moonbeam Spirit Award for Imagination. The third book in his Three-Story Book series, SheHeWe, was a 2016 Eisner Award nominee. His current Game for Adventure series—beginning with Andrew the Seeker, and Belinda the Unbeatable, the latter garnering two starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus—concludes in Spring 2018 with Chavo the Invisible. He lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, Cheri, and numerous pets that earn their kibble by offering inspiration.

Illustrator: Scott Roberts

Scott Roberts (also known as Thomas Scott Roberts) is a writer and cartoonist. He's the creator of the comic Patty-Cake and the author of the fantasy novel The Troubling Stone. He lives in Delaware with his wife, two step-kids, and two dogs.


  • ALSC Graphic Novels Reading List, Winner, 2018


School Library Journal

“A great comic book for the early elementary crowd.”—School Library Journal

The Horn Book Guide

Nordling, Lee Belinda the Unbeatable
32 pp. Lerner/Graphic Universe 2017. LE ISBN 978-1-5124-1331-1 PE ISBN 978-1-5124-5413-0 Ebook ISBN 978-1-5124-4880-1
(3) 1-3 Illustrated by Scott Roberts. Game for Adventure series. Andrew sketches a purple blob; next thing we know the creature’s outside his window and a (frustrating) game of hide-and-seek ensues (Seeker). During Belinda’s game of musical chairs with classmates (including Andrew), each time the music starts the gymnasium morphs into a candy-colored playland of animate musical notes (Unbeatable). These companion wordless comics both convey volumes through facial expressions, perspective, and dynamic panel progression. Review covers these Game for Adventure titles: Andrew the Seeker and Belinda the Unbeatable.
Younger Fiction; Wordless books; Cartoons and comics; Graphic novels; Games; Schools; African Americans; Imagination; Friendship

Kirkus Reviews

“An excellent adventure for reluctant readers, fierce competitors, lovers of wordless tales—and readers who just love an action-packed, rollicking story.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews


“Adults will appreciate the gentle message of good sportsmanship, while children will be caught up in the adventure of this wonderful addition to wordless comics for young readers.”—starred, Booklist