I love school visits. If you want me to visit your school, read on.
Giggle and Learn is the series title for my natural history comics for kids -all published by TOON Books. First came We Dig Worms! Book 2 is The Real Poop on Pigeons and coming in 2017 is Book 3: Something’s Fishy. All are edited and designed by the great Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker magazine.
Behind the Book brought me to PS 21 in Brooklyn. Mrs. Horrack’s class wrote their own book about garden helpers and sent me a copy. They planted a garden of pansies in the schoolyard and released a bucket of earthworms to help that garden grow.
We Dig Worms! “One of the 10 best graphic books of 2015″- School Library Journal .
The New York Times wrote: “One of Toon’s stylish comics-inflected early readers, this paean to the worm is a winning combination of facts and gross-out fun. A kids’ camera crew does interviews (“How big is the biggest worm in the world?”); a bluebird tries to seduce a worm into joining him for “lunch”; a “Map of the Worm” diagrams the fleshy pink creature. McCloskey’s strikingly colored art is painted on recycled brown paper bags, jibing with the book’s message about the “important work” worms do for the earth.”
Publisher’s Weekly added, “McCloskey comes not to bury worms (they can handle that themselves) but to praise them in a guide to annelids that manages to be reverent in its irreverence.”
The Real Poop on Pigeons! is “Another feather in McCloskey’s cap! ” – according to a starred Kirkus Review. “Funny and informative, this attractive work of graphic nonfiction offers emerging comics readers an intriguing look at a commonly dismissed and ignored animal.”-School Library Journal
Here’s Book 3 in the Giggle and Learn Series:
Something’s Fishy is new for 2017. The first reviews are in!
The blog Mom’s Read It says,” I love the trend of graphic novels as nonfiction texts, and Kevin McCloskey’s work for young readers and listeners are among some of my favorites. We Dig Worms and The Poop On Pigeons are in constant rotation at my library, and I can’t wait to introduce kids to fish with Something’s Fishy.”
“With easily digestible doses of biological and historical background, common-sense cautionary notes, and a buoyant tone, this is an appealing dive for newly independent readers out to enhance the household menagerie.” Kirkus Reviews.
I have visited libraries, bookstores, book fairs and elementary schools in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, California and Washington,D.C. Hope to visit many more. If you are a teacher and want to arrange a school visit, please do get in touch. Best email for me is firstname.lastname@example.org.