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Review: Snails Are Just My Speed!

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True story: When my son was in first or second grade, I gave him Kevin McCloskey’s The Real Poop on Pigeons and my son refused to believe that he was reading a nonfiction title. McCloskey has a knack for showing interesting tidbits to make a topic come alive in a wacky sort of way. He […]

Happy Anniversary, Toon Books!

Jaime Hernandez, Kevin McCloskey, Françoise Mouly, Sergio García Sánchez, Ricardo “Liniers” Siri, Brigid Alverson at TCAF 2018

This year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) celebrated ten years of Toon Books, the publisher of high-quality comics for children founded by Françoise Mouly, with a panel featuring Mouly and the following artists, moderated by Good Comics for Kids’ own Brigid Alverson. Kevin McCloskey is a professor of illustration at Kutztown University and created the […]

Review: ‘The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America’

The Dragon Slayer

The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America Writer/artist: Jaime Hernandez Toon Books; $9.99 or $16.95 For years, Jaime Hernandez’s work with his brothers on seminal alternative comic Love and Rockets introduced adult comics readers to the sorts of cool, charismatic, complex young Latina women he grew up with. In The Dragon Slayer, a new Toon […]

Review: ‘Wordplay’

Wordplay Writer/artist: Ivan Brunetti Toon Books; $12.99 “Who can tell us what a compound word is?” the round-headed teacher at the front of a classroom full of round-headed little kids asks aloud on the first page of the new Toon Book, Wordplay. Annemarie, the little girl with glasses in the front of the room can, […]

Review: ‘Windmill Dragons’

Windmill Dragons Writer/artist: David Nytra TOON Books; $18.95 Cartoonist David Nytra’s first graphic novel for TOON Books, 2012’s The Secret of The Stone Frog, featured two young children falling asleep and waking up in a surreal, superbly detailed, intricately illustrated black-and-white Wonderland-like world that suggested a half-dozen or so different classic children’s books. The sister […]

Review: ‘Birdsong’

Birdsong Writer/artist: James Sturm Toon Books; $12.95 Level One Cartoonist James Sturm’s contribution to Toon Books’ line of comics for kids of all ages is, in fact, not a comic book at all. It is related to the medium though, and is Sturm’s attempt to introduce young readers to the Japanese “paper theater,” an important […]

Review: ‘A Goofy Guide to Penguins’

A Goofy Guide to Penguins

A Goofy Guide to Penguins Writer: Jean-Luc Coudray Artist: Philippe Coudray Toon Books; $12.95 French cartoonist Phillipe Coudray has already produced a trio of books featuring incredibly clever gag strips starring his Benjamin Bear character for Toon Books. For his latest work from the publisher, he leaves the temperate forest and its funny, furry woodland […]

Review: ‘Flop To The Top’

Flop to the Top Writer/artists: Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing Toon Books; $12.95 How To Be Happy cartoonist Eleanor Davis returns for a second Toon Books comic for kids, following her 2008 Stinky, and this time she’s joined by Set To Sea cartoonist Drew Weing. Their collaboration is a quick, cute story about a self-obsessed, […]

TOON Books Announces Spring Releases

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While much of the East Coast is buried under mounds of snow, it’s heartening to look forward to spring, when it should all be melted away. TOON Books has announced their spring line-up of titles, and there are five new releases that readers will want to see! Two of the titles fall under their TOON […]

Review: Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms!

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Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms! By Philippe Coudray Toon Books; $13 Does familiarity really breed contempt? Because this is the third Toon Books collection of French artist Philippe Coudray’s one-page Benjamin Bear gag comics, and I’m certainly not feeling anything in the general vicinity of contempt for the cartoonist, cartoons or character yet. Quite the […]