Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
(Bloomsbury USA Children's Books 05 January 2010 / $14.99) - Product Description: Jack likes to think of himself as a criminal mastermind…with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, plotter, planner, trickster, swindler...maybe even thief? One fine day Jack picks a target a little more giant than the usual, and one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk.
With help from Rapunzel (and her trusty braids), a pixie from Jack's past, and a man with inventions from the future, they just might out-swindle the evil giants and put his beloved city back in the hands of good people ....while catapulting themselves and readers into another fantastical adventure. (see review)
Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians) by George O'Connor
(First Second 05 January 2010 / $9.99) - Product Description: George O'Connor is a Greek mythology buff and a classic superhero comics fan, and he's out to remind us how much our pantheon of superheroes (Superman, Batman, the X-Men, etc) owes to mankind's ORIGINAL superheroes: the Greek pantheon.
In OLYMPIANS, O'Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren't sedate, scholarly works. They're action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures, with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O'Connor's vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life, in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology.
Volume 1 of OLYMPIANS, ZEUS: King OF THE GODS, introduces readers to the ruler of the Olympian Pantheon, telling his story from his boyhood to his ascendance to supreme power. (Source: First Second)
Copper by Kazu Kibuishi
(GRAPHIX 01 January 2010 / $12.99) - Product Description: Copper is curious, Fred is fearful. And together boy and dog are off on a series of adventures through marvelous worlds, powered by Copper's limitless enthusiasm and imagination.
Each Copper and Fred story in this graphic novel collection is a complete vignette, filled with richly detailed settings and told with a wry sense of humor. These two enormously likable characters build ships and planes to travel to surprising destinations and have a knack for getting into all sorts of odd situations.
Copper's good cheer always smooths the way---and Fred can usually be won over if there's food involved.
Malefic by Luis Royo
(NBM Publishing, Inc. 01 January 2010 / $32.99) - Product Description: LUIS ROYO RELAUNCHED! Over the next year or two, we relaunch the work of Royo in fewer, longer and handsome jacketed hardcover collections, merging the present paperbacks into fewer volumes also including all new or revised paintings for the occasion! One of the best-selling collections of fantasy art by Royo is back in print complemented with many other works from other previous collections and sprinkled with all-new work. Royo scintillates again in a handsome library-worthy edition.
How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Cats? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
(The Blue Sky Press 01 January 2010 / $6.99) - Product Description: Cat lovers are everywhere! Now, with the same humor and warmth of their previous bestselling dinosaur books, Jane Yolen and Mark Teague show us how young dinosaurs know how to care for their kitties. From playing with cat toys to cleaning the litter box, children will love the silliness of "bad" pet-owner behavior as they learn what's involved in keeping your cat happy and loved. Also an introduction for children who may be getting a pet soon, cat lovers big and small are sure to embrace this book as a purrr-enial favorite! (see review)
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