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Top Shelf unveils children’s line

Brigid Alverson

Indy graphic novel publisher Top Shelf, the home of Owly, Korgi, and Johnny Boo, has set up a Kids Club website gathering all their kid-friendly offerings in a single place. This is just the beginning: In addition to the three much-loved series mentioned above, Top Shelf has six new children’s graphic novels and series in the works:

maddy kettle book 1 cover lg 229x300 Top Shelf unveils childrens lineMaddy Kettle, by Eric Orchard

Maddy is an eleven year old girl with a pet toad named Ralph. And they’re on a rather big adventure right now, as her parents are currently kangaroo rats — having been put under a spell. On their way to find the Thimblewitch to sort everything out, they battle Spider Goblins and befriend two endearing Cloud Mappers, Harry the bear and Silvio the raccoon, who help them get where they’re going. We won’t tell you what happens next, but we can assure you that it’s a beautiful and magical ride.

An all-new, ongoing, all-ages series coming from Spectrum award-winning cartoonist Eric Orchard and Top Shelf!

Monster on the Hill, by Rob Harrell

Top Shelf is proud to announce that Rob Harrell, creator of the comic strip Big Top, has brought his first graphic novel series, Monster on the Hill, to Top Shelf. Set in an alternate late 1800′s England, it’s a tale of quiet little townships who just so happen to be quite proud of the monsters that terrorize them…. Well, except for this one little town where the monster isn’t quite up to snuff.

Readers of all ages are sure to enjoy this tale about life’s challenges, the power of friendship, and creative redemption. And, of course, it has lots of monsters on hills.

okie dokie donuts book 1 cover sm lg 200x300 Top Shelf unveils childrens lineOkie Dokie Donuts, by Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos

Good morning! Welcome to Okie Dokie Donuts. Run by pastry pioneer and cunning culinarian, Big Mama! Okie Dokie Donuts is the best little donut shop in town! What’s her secret? Big Mama rolls in a heaping serving of love into each of her hand made creations! Loyal customers can’t get enough of her tantalizing turnovers. But running a donut shop isn’t easy! Trouble is always poking holes in Big Mama’s fun. But as long as our large and lovely heroine has friends and plenty of chocolate icing, nothing can stop Okie Dokie Donuts from reaching the highest levels of becoming a pastry powerhouse

Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken, by Ray Friesen

So what is this book about? It’s about a Pirate Penguin named Pirate Penguin and a Ninja Chicken who isn’t (ninjas are too sneaky to let you know their real names. Hint: It isn’t Harold.) They are the bestest of friends and also the worstest of enemies all at the same time (just like in real life! Only more cartoony of course.) I think you’ll like this book, there are about a bajillion jokes inside, and it’s filled with action, adventure and arguments. Sometimes the stories are really teeny, about stuff like ice cream or origami, and sometimes the story gets really epic-tastic, filled with spaceships and giant monsters and evil koalas and stuff (just like real life!). Plus, being about pirates, there are at least 17 swordfights (that’s the rule with pirates). You’ll just have to go ahead and read it to see if you like it, I’ve run out of back cover room to convince you how awesome it is anyway. (How awesome? SO AWESOME!)

Scene But Not Heard, by Sam Henderson

From the pages of Nickelodeon Magazine: the beloved wordless comedy of Sam Henderson’s Scene But Not Heard comic strip, all collected in one handsome volume! Just try to keep up with his wild (and wildly funny) imagination.

Upside Down, by Jess Smart Smiley

Harold is a friendly young vampire —but he loves candy so much, the dentist might have to pull his teeth! Now, what if he and the dentist, plus a couple friendly bats, all get caught up in the evil plots of the local witch? It’s a wild magical romp for all ages, just in time for Halloween.

(Catalog descriptions are from the Kids Club website.)

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Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good E-Reader.com. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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