New Graphic Novels for Younger Kids from Kids Can Press
This fall, four new graphic novels from Kids Can Press provide young readers with loads of laughter, oodles of suspense, and a healthy dose of community awareness. Parents, teachers and librarians will appreciate Kids Can Press’ new focus on the graphic novel format, especially since the stories, images, and humor are both fun and age-appropriate.
The hero of Binky Under Pressure is an official certified space cat, devoted to protecting his space station (house) from alien invaders (bugs). Everything’s under control until cute foster kitty Gracie arrives and won’t go away. So Binky does some investigating, makes a shocking discovery, and soon finds his Space Cat skills put to the test. Kids ages 7-10 can blast off with Binky in this, Ashley Spires’ third slapstick adventure starring the funny sci-fi feline. “Fans will celebrate; aliens will quiver in fright,” wrote Kirkus of Binky Under Pressure, while their starred review of Binky the Space Cat said, “Spires’s mix of sly, dry and slapstick humor in her first graphic novel is perfect.” In a starred review of Binky the Space Cat, School Library Journal wrote that “the humor in this graphic novel hits every note.”
Every note is full of suspense in The Sign of the Black Rock, the second book in the Three Thieves fantasy series by acclaimed comics creator Scott Chantler. Circus performers Dessa, Topper, and Fisk are on the lam after trying to rob the royal treasury. In the midst of a ferocious thunderstorm they take refuge at an inn, but the Queen’s Dragons are hot on their trail, and the scheming innkeeper has every intention of turning them in. This graphic novel’s narrow escapes and exciting plot twists will keep readers ages 8-11 turning the colorful pages. In reviewing Tower of Treasure, the first book in the series, Publishers Weekly wrote, “It’s an entertaining and action-packed new fantasy adventure series that will appeal to fans of the genre.”
Graphic novel fans will also want to scoop up Big City Otto, for kids ages 9-12. Otto the elephant can’t forget his childhood friend Georgie, a chimpanzee, abducted long ago by the mysterious Man with the Wooden Nose. When innocent Otto and his savvy parrot pal, Crackers, set out for America to look for Georgie, they enter a concrete jungle full of sinister alligators intent on using Otto to bust their boss out of the zoo. Kids will revel in the comic shenanigans of this first book in the Elephants Never Forget series by award-winning illustrator Bill Slavin.
In a more serious vein, twelve-year-old Luz confronts personal and environmental challenges in Claudia Dávila’s Luz Sees the Light. With food and gas prices soaring, Luz decides to transform an abandoned lot into a community garden. Unfortunately her friends think she’s loco, and her community isn’t down with the plan. Even spunky Luz can’t build a garden by herself. What’s she going to do? Readers ages 8-12 find out in this first book in a dynamic new series about sustainable living, The Future According to Luz.