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Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space

Author/Illustrator: Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space Publisher: Flying Eye Books Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 Subject: Science Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Anthropomorphic Characters Synopsis: Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space will tell you everything you need to know about our planet, our solar system, our galaxy and the universe that there could be to know. Our clever little cat has made sure of that, he’s a fastidious little feline! Dr. Astro explores topics such as gravity, extraterrestrial life and time with fun facts and fascinating insights that will take you and your children on a journey to the very frontiers of Space! Kirkus […] Read More

Hocus Pocus series

Author/Illustrator: Sylvie Desrosiers, Remy Simard Publisher: Kids Can Press Grade levels: Pre-K, K-1 Genre: Adventure, Humor Special Attractions: Wordless, Early Reader, Anthropomorphic Characters Titles in this series: • Hocus Pocus: This zany tale pits a grouchy pooch against Hocus Pocus, a mischievous blue bunny who lives in a magician’s hat. When Hocus Pocus spots a bunch of tantalizing carrots poking out of a shopping bag, he decides he must have them. But to reach the kitchen counter, he must risk waking Dog, a pet canine who snoozes nearby. Tiptoeing in a pair of bunny slippers works beautifully at first — until a peanut […] Read More

Untold Tales of Bigfoot

Author/Illustrator: Vince Dorse Publisher: Grade Levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Genre: Fantasy Special Attractions: Webcomic, Anthropomorphic Characters, For adults too Synopsis: Untold Tales of Bigfoot is the story of an adorably inept dog named Scout who gets lost in the woods during an ill-fated camping trip and runs smack-dab into a lonely Bigfoot looking for a friend. Will Bigfoot finally make a friend? Will Scout ever get home? Webcomics Alliance author interview Geek Pittsburg author interview Author page Read the comic here! Awards: 2012 National Cartoonists Society Reuben Divisional Award for Bests Online Comic (Long Form)

The Ride Home

Author/Illustrator: Joey Weiser Publisher: AdHouse books Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Genres: Fantasy, Adventure Special Attractions: Anthropomorphic Characters Synopsis: Follow the adventures of Nodo The Van-Gnome as he tries to find his lost home on wheels. During his quest he’ll meet sewer dragons, junkyard trolls, and a cow or two. A fun, all-ages romp of a story created by Joey Weiser. Comics Worth Reading review Graphic Novel Resources review Author’s book page Publisher’s book page    

Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Comics

Author/Illustrator: Rudyard Kipling /Pedro Rodriguez Publisher: Stone Arch Books/ Capstone Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 Subject: History/Social Studies Genre: Mythology and Folktales Special Attractions: Adaptation, Anthropomorphic Characters Synopsis: Ever wonder how the leopard got his spots? In this comics anthology of Just So Stories, famed author and worldwide explorer Rudyard Kipling travels from the Horn of Africa to the deserts of India and discovers the truth behind some of the world’s wildest beasts. Titles in this series: -Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Comics: Tales of the World’s Wildest Beasts -How the Leopard Got His Spots -How the Elephant Got His Trunk -How the Camel […] Read More


Author/Illustrator: Thereza Rowe Publisher: Toon Books Grade levels: PreK-K, K-1 Genre: Fantasy Special Attractions: Early Reader, Anthropomorphic Characters Synopsis: When Penelope the Fox drops her heart into the sea, she’s swept off on a perilous journey dodging sharks and royal cat-guards, until a cartwheeling chicken leads her to the garden of lost things. Young readers will fall in love with Thereza Rowe’s bold and playful designs. And as they follow Penelope (and her heart!), they will learn what is truly precious. (from publisher’s site) School Library Journal review Kirkus review Diamond Bookshelf lesson plan Author’s site Publisher’s book page (includes lesson plan)

Clan Apis

Author/Illustrator: Jay Hosler Publisher: Active Synapse Grade levels: 4–5, 6–8, 9–12 Subject: Science Special Attractions: Anthropomorphic characters Synopsis: Clan Apis is the biography of a honey bee named Nyuki. Written and drawn by biologist Jay Hosler, this story explores an elaborate insect society. Nyuki has a lot to learn about life in the hive and not much time to do it. But, with help of her sister Dvorah, a dung beetle named Sisyphus, and a sarcastic flower named Bloomington, she might have a chance to figure it all out. Awards: 1998 Xeric Award, 3 Eisner Awards (2000: Best Limited Series, Best Title for a Younger Audience […] Read More

Amulet series

Author/illustrator: Kazu Kibuishi Publisher: Scholastic Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 Genre: Fantasy   Special Attractions: Anthropomorphic characters, Child lead characters, Female lead characters Synopsis: Amulet, Book 1: The Stonekeeper After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. Eventually, they enlist the help of a small […] Read More

The Fog Mound Series

Author: Susan Schade Illustrator: Jon Buller Publisher: Aladdin Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8 Genre: Fantasy, Adventure Special attractions: Hybrid, Anthropomorphic Characters The Fog Mound 1: Travels of Thelonius In ancient times human beings ruled the Earth — at least that’s what the old legends claim. But is it true? Thelonious Chipmunk is a Talker — an animal who has inherited the gift of language from his ancestors — and he, for one, believes in humans. Who else could have made the old paper postcard he treasures? Who else could have built the tall building shown on the postcard? His desire to know […] Read More

Owly Series

Author and Illustrator: Andy Runton Publisher: Top Shelf and Simon & Schuster Grade levels: Pre-K, K–1, 2–3, 4-5 Genre: Fantasy, Humor Special attractions: Wordless, Early Reader, Anthropomorphic Characters, For adults too Owly is a kind, yet lonely, little owl who’s always on the search for new friends and adventure. Relying on a mixture of symbols, icons, and expressions to tell his silent stories, Runton’s clean, animated, and heartwarming style makes it a perfect read for anyone who’s a fan of Jeff Smith’s Bone or Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid.  (from publisher’s website)   Books in the series: • Owly Vol. 1: The […] Read More