My 7 year old daughter reads about 15-20 library books a week and she does reading with us (parents) so this isn't about whether she can read or not but a couple of months ago I loaned a couple of children's graphic style stories for her to try. I thought she'd be through the books like a hot knife through butter but the following week when taking books back to the library, the two picture stories were the first in my backpack to take back. I asked if she'd enjoyed and wanted more but she said no, she didn't know how to read them. Usually we have a banter about which books she wants to read again and I play at taking them back with the ones she didn't like as much. So when the graphic books came back first and unread, I was puzzled. I spoke with my partner who said she'd had a similar conversation and I was a bit confused as both my partner and I used to love (and buy) weekly comics and had never had anyone "teach" us how to read comics. We've discussed this a lot more since as yesterday I actually sat with my daughter and explained a lot of the unspoken communication and layout in another book I got for her. I was shocked at how she had not understood or followed before this. I ran my own comic strip 20 years ago so I am asking from an artist's perspective as much as anything else. We (my partner and I) think part of this MAY be that cheap throwaway comics aren't as available or cheap as before: in the supermarket, a child's comic may now cost up to £4 which is the same price as two children's novels. Did we older people learn to read comics from cheap throwaway weeklies which are now pricing themselves and the future mass market of comics out of existence? Thoughts?