Spring 2012 Graphic Novel Preview: Kids
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Zig and Wikki in The Cow
Nadja Spiegelman and Trade Loeffler
Can cow poop help two friends patch up their friendship? When alien pals Zig and Wikki lose their spaceship on Earth, their friendship is definitely in trouble. In order to get home, they must travel underground and through a cow, picking up fun facts about ecology (and picking fights) along the way. Nadja Spiegelman and Trade Loeffler's funny science-based easy-reader is packed with fast-paced adventure and facts about poop: What more could a young reader want?
Chick and Chickie in Play All Day
These two chickies never stop playing! Chick and Chickie love to play in their very own way, whether scaring each other silly or tickling the letter A. As young readers eagerly turn the pages of the story, they'll look forward to spotting all the witty side jokes and hilarious details. The fast-paced and zany narrative by Claude Ponti, one of the world's most beloved children's book authors, will instantly delight early readers and will just as surely turn reading into play.
The Shark King
by R. Kikuo Johnson
On sale April 1
Meet Nanaue, a boy craving to be who he truly is. From the islands of Hawaii comes the electrifying tale of Nanaue, who has to balance his yearning for his dad's guidance with his desire for his mom's nurture. Award-winning cartoonist R. Kikuo Johnson transports young readers to the lush tropical shores of his native Hawaii. Fluent or not, young readers will be thrilled when they experience the transformative powers of a stirring literary work.
Kitty & Dino
by Sara Richard
On sale April 9
When a little boy brings home a dinosaur egg, the cat of the house isn't too keen on the tiny creature that pops out. But after a few weeks of showing the new baby the ropes, a bond forms between kitty and dino that transcends species.
by Gene Ambaum and Sophie Goldstein
On sale April 15
Poopy Claws is the story of a boy and his best friend, a cat named Stinky. Stinky doesn't use his litter box. The boy's mother is a clean freak. And her aunt, who stresses her out, is coming to dinner. What follows is a graphic all-ages book. About cat poop.
Darth Vader and Son
by Jeffrey Brown
On sale May 4
What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if “Luke, I am your father” was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown’s delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include lightsaber batting practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star (“Er, he looks just like you, Lord Vader!”), and the special bond shared between any father and son.
Avatar, The Last Airbender, Vol. 2: The Promise, Part 2
by Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, and Gurihiru
On sale May 30
Aang and Katara are working tirelessly for peace when an impasse between Fire Lord Zuko and Earth King Kuei over Fire Nation colonies within the borders of the Earth Nation threatens to plunge the world back into war! Meanwhile, Sokka must help Toph prepare her hapless first class of metalbending students to defend their school against a rival class of firebenders!