Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by K.G.Campbell, a sweet and funny fantasy about a cynical 10-year-old girl obsessed with comic books and a flying squirrel who can type poetry, has won the Newbery Medal as the best children’s book of 2013.
Flora & Ulysses is a wonderful book — and a perfect primer for young readers who are new to comics and graphic novels. It’s an absolute must-read for any age range!
By the time you turn the last page, you’ll most likely be hungry for more. Our recommendation, if we may be so humble: try Smash: Trial by Fire!
Our graphic novel about a 10-year-old superhero combines the humor and whimsy of Flora & Ulysses with full-throttle adventure in the best blockbuster style! I would even go so far as to say that if you loved Flora & Ulysses, you’re going to love Smash just as much. But don’t take our word for it:
“[A]n action-packed crowd-pleaser….Smash pays homage to the genre while adding tweaks that make it all feel fresh. This is sure to be a draw for superhero fans and reluctant readers alike.” — School Library Journal
“Kids and adults can enjoy this superhero title that’s filled with humor, action, and art that makes it a fun ride for everyone.” — Good Comics for Kids
“[F]ull of drama, humor, and seriously thrilling action sequences. To summarize: kids are going to love it.” — 100 Scope Notes Blog
(Click here for more great review blurbs.)
You’ll find online links to buy Smash right here on our website. Or visit your favorite bookstore and ask for it by name!
Aside from the singular achievement of writing and drawing the fantastic comic series Usagi Yojimbo for more than 30 years, Stan Sakai is a truly kind, generous person. But sometimes, for reasons we struggle to understand, terrible things happen to wonderful people.
Recently Stan met with some personal tragedies. Money can’t solve all problems, but it sure helps with medical bills and financial difficulties in times of crisis. CAPS, the Cartoon Art Professional Society, has set up a donation page to help Stan and is accepting art donations for auction.
Here is Kyle’s contribution, a team-up of Smash and Usagi Yojimbo. (Click the image for a larger version.)
If you’d like to help Stan out, please click here to donate. Every little bit counts!
‘Tis the season for hunting down the perfect gift for everyone you know and love. If someone on your shopping list craves adventure, humor, fantasy, and a fast-paced story with unforgettable characters, pick up a copy of SMASH: TRIAL BY FIRE!
“Smash is an action-packed crowd-pleaser….Sure to be a draw for superhero fans and reluctant readers alike.” — School Library Journal
“Filled with humor, action, and art that makes it a fun ride for everyone.” — Good Comics for Kids
“SMASH: Trial by Fire sits squarely at the intersection of Spider-Man and Calvin and Hobbes.” — The Sleeping Hedgehog
This holiday season, share the magic — and help Santa delight your loved ones with a gift they’ll never forget!
The blog NW Book Lovers interviewed Kyle about Smash, his drawing inspirations, and more! And writer Kristianne Huntsberger had some lovely things to say about Smash: Trial by Fire:
Chris’ energetic storytelling and Kyle’s bright illustrations capture readers in the thrill and confusion of Andrew’s new powers and leave us all wondering what will happen to the hero as he tries to grow into them.
Big thanks to Kristianne for taking the time and interest to meet with Kyle!
Click here to read the interview.