April 2019 Comic & Graphic Novels

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    Series: Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody (manga)
    Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody, Vol. 7 (manga) Hiro Ainana, Ayamegumu
    9781975304126 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy Grade (US) from 8 - 17, Reading age from 13 - 99 On Sale Date: April 30, 2019
    $17.00 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Yen Press
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      When a plot to steal the Forest of Illusions from its resident witch is revealed, it is up to Satou and his party to prevent it from happening. They'll need to deliver three hundred potions to Sedum City to succeed, but the nobles behind the scheme won't make it easy...With just a few hours to go, how will Satou and the gang manage to pull this off?!
      Bio
      Hiro Ainana is the author of the light novel and manga series Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody.

      Ayamegumu is the artist of the manga adaptation Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody.
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    Series: The Royal Tutor
    The Royal Tutor, Vol. 11 Higasa Akai
    9781975330354 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga Grade (US) from 8 - 17, Reading age from 13 - 99 On Sale Date: April 30, 2019
    $17.00 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Yen Press
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      The royal palace is bustling with successive arrivals, which is good news for lonely Leonhard! First, Beatrix comes seeking advice on how to cheer up her cuteness-starved fiancé. Then, young Prince Claude of Fonsein pays a diplomatic visit that pushes Leonhard's foreign-language skills to their limits. When Leonhard's dearest brother Bruno is next to arrive, everyone expects Leonhard to be elated...but the effusive prince is uncharacteristically reserved. Has their time apart soured the bonds of brotherly affection?!
      Bio
      Higasa Akai is the creator of The Royal Tutor.
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    Series: Juni Taisen: Zodiac War (manga)
    Juni Taisen: Zodiac War (manga), Vol. 4 Akira Akatsuki Nisioisin, Nisioisin, Hikaru Nakamura
    9781974705634 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga Publication Date: April 02, 2019
    $12.99 CAD 127 x 190.5 x 17.78 mm | 208 pages Carton Quantity: 60 Canadian Rights: Y VIZ Media LLC
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      Twelve fighters enter, one fighter leaves—who will win the 12th Zodiac War?

      Every 12 years, 12 fighters take the form of the Chinese zodiac and engage in a battle royale. With their strength and mysterious powers, they fight to the death and the sole survivor is granted the ultimate prize—any wish.

      With most of Rabbit’s zombie army out of the way, only one thing stands between Ox and Tiger and taking down Rabbit for good—Monkey. Her sheer strength and power, once disciplined in life, are completely unhinged in death, making her far and away the strongest fighter! With only four fighters and one zombie remaining, who will come out victorious? Don’t miss the thrilling, unexpected conclusion to the twelfth Zodiac War!
      Bio
      Born August 18, 1997, Akira Akatsuki made his manga debut in 2003 with Z-XL Dai in Akamaru Jump. He later published a number of one shots, such as Angel Agent, Contractor M&Y and Little Brave Pukateriosu, in Jump the Revolution!, Weekly Shonen Jump and Akamaru Jump respectively. His most notable work and first major collaboration with Nisioisin, Medaka Box, premiered in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2009 and concluded in 2013. He published two more one shots, Toshokan Kyuuseishu Kurabu (Library Savior Club) and Musume Iri-Hako (The Girl in the Box), the latter of which was another collaboration with Nisioisin, before starting work on Juni Taisen: Zodiac War in 2017 on Jump+.



      Born 1981. In 2002, Nisioisin’s novel The Beheading Cycle won the 23rd Mephisto Prize and became his debut publication. Among his numerous novels are the Zaregoto series, the Monogatari series, the Densetsu series, and the Bokyaku Tantei series. He also wrote the manga tie-in novel Death Note: Another Note. As a manga writer, he has appeared in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine with his series Medaka Box and his Ogiri series of one-shot manga stories have seen the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump, Jump SQ, Weekly Young Jump and Bessatsu Margaret.



      Born 1984. Illustrator Hikaru Nakamura made her debut in 2001 with her manga Kairi no Sue in the Monthly Gangan Wing magazine. Her other works include Arakawa Under the Bridge, published in Young Gangan, and 2009 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize winner Saint Young Men, published in Monthly Morning Two. She previously collaborated with Nisioisin for his Ogiri series with “The One Wish I Really Want to Come True, and the Ninety-Nine Others I Don’t So Much.”
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    Series: Konosuba (manga)
    Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!, Vol. 8 (manga) Natsume Akatsuki, Masahito Watari
    9781975304164 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga Grade (US) from 8 - 17, Reading age from 13 - 99 On Sale Date: April 30, 2019
    $17.00 CAD 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Yen Press
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      After declaring that she wants to bear Kazuma's child, Yunyun reads a startling letter addressed to her designated baby daddy and runs off to Crimson Magic Village! Kazuma and the gang give chase, but the way to the village is packed with monsters-many of whom are looking for mates! By the time they arrive, Kazuma may end up with more children than he bargained for...powers, and I'm going to get to the bottom of it...
      Bio
      Natsume Akatsuki is the author of Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!

      Masahito Watari is the artist of Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!
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    A Shining Beacon James Albon
    9781603094450 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary On Sale Date: May 21, 2019
    $25.99 CAD 7.56 x 9.81 x 0.63 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Top Shelf Productions
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      Pictures at a revolution: acclaimed graphic novelist James Albon (Her Bark and Her Bite) explores the role of the artist in a frighteningly familiar near-future of tyrannical regimes and popular revolts.

      Francesca Saxon, artist and loyal citizen of the nation, is thrilled when she receives a commission to design the central mural of an epic new swimming pool: the jewel in the crown for an insecure regime obsessed by propaganda. Leaving the comfort of her coastal hometown for the lap of luxury of the capital, she is swept up in the paranoia of a government threatened by underground revolutionaries, whose promise of a freer, happier future looks increasingly appealing. Torn between rival factions and her personal loyalties, she realises that when ideology has a stranglehold on art, the picture is rarely pretty.


      Publication History: TR original
      Bio
      James Albon is a British illustrator living in Lyon, France. His clients include the Folio Society, The Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and WIRED. He studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, went on to a postgraduate scholarship at the Royal Drawing School in London, and was awarded the Gwen May award from the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 2012.

      Author Residence: Lyon, France
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        Marketing: Promotion through a variety of Social Media: Facebook (128k), Twitter (98.8k), Tumblr (25k), and Instagram (19k) with a feature on IDWpublishing.com

        Inclusion in Direct-to-consumer Newsletter (40,000 unique and engaged fans)

        Cross promotion in IDW’s monthly titles (Circulation over 350,000)

        Trade show promotion: San Diego Comic Con 2018, New York Comic Con 2018, WonderCon 2019, TCAF 2019, ALA 2019 and more



        Publicity: Digital review copy made available to 3000 industry and press contacts

        Advance copies mailed out for review.

        Special focus on indie comics sites, blogs, and fan sites.

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      "A fantastic book, extrapolating British current affairs into a dystopian nightmare. It’s on point, superbly written, joyously illustrated and a pleasure to read." Grovel
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    Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive Michael Allred, Lee Allred, Rich Tommaso
    9781684054145 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Crime & Mystery On Sale Date: April 23, 2019
    $21.99 CAD 6.63 x 10.19 x 0.27 in | 104 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y IDW Publishing
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      Yellow trenchcoat? Check. Square jaw? Check. 2-Way Wrist Radio? Check!

      Witness the rebirth of one the most iconic comic-strip heroes of all time!


      The All-American detective just made the biggest collar of his career, and it only cost him his job! But now the honest cop has packed his bags for “the city by the lake,” and its criminals better watch out. It’s bizarre villains, crooked cops, and gunfights galore! Reimagined for the 21st century through a retro lens by the superstar team of Michael Allred, Lee Allred, Rich Tommaso and Laura Allred, Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive is a lock to be the pop-art event of the year!

      Collects the four-issue series.


      Publication History: TR original
      Bio
      Michael Allred has been creating comics since 1989 and is best know for his work on the titles Madman and iZombie, among others, and for work on the characters Batman, Superman, The Silver Surfer, and more.

      Author Residence: Eugene, Oregon
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Promotion through a variety of Social Media: Facebook (128k), Twitter (98.8k), Tumblr (25k), and Instagram (19k) with a feature on IDWpublishing.com

        Inclusion in Direct-to-consumer Newsletter (40,000 unique and engaged fans)

        Cross promotion in IDW’s monthly titles (Circulation over 350,000)

        Expanded website initiatives

        Trade show promotion: C2E2 2018, San Diego Comic Con 2018, New York Comic Con 2018, Emerald City Comic Con 2019 and more.

        Author appearances at library conferences (ALA Midwinter, ALA Annual, TLA) and book fairs (Miami, National Book Festival, Southern Festival of Books, etc)



        Publicity: Digital review copy made available to 3000 industry and press contacts

        Author and artist interviews, and exclusive content reveals in comics media (Bleeding Cool, CBR, Newsarama, etc.)

        National Media Push

        Advance copies mailed out for review: Heavy focus on Entertainment sites



        Author Website: allredart.blogspot.com

        Author Social Media: @AllredMD
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      Awards
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      "Tracy's sarcastic quips and sardonic asides contrast nicely with the colorful, exaggerated artwork." -Major Spoilers


      “The Allreds and Rich Tomasso have done an amazing job bringing Dick Tracy into the modern world. They kept the essence of the character true, while throwing in an interesting science fiction twist. This is a caper that all Dick Tracy fans need to add to their collection." -Adventures in Poor Taste


      "A real blast from the past, Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive is a fun and well constructed reintroduction of the crime fighter for a new audience." -Newsarama


      “Delivers a knockout finale that any neo-noir fan would absolutely love! The most iconic comic-strip heroes of all time hits the landing in an eye-popping reboot!" -Villain Media
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    Manuelito Elisa Amado Canada, Abraham Urias
    9781773212661 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 7, Grade (US) from 7, Reading age from 12 Publication Date: April 09, 2019
    $19.99 CAD 7.5 x 9.75 x 0.4 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Annick Press
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      The powerful story of a child refugee seeking asylum in America

      Thirteen-year-old Manuelito is a gentle boy who lives with his family in a tiny village in the Guatemalan countryside. But life is far from idyllic: PACs—armed civil patrol—are a constant presence in the streets, and terrifying memories of the country’s war linger in the villagers’ collective conscience. Things deteriorate further when government-backed drug gangs arrive and take control of the village. Fearing their son will be forced to join a gang, Manuelito’s parents make the desperate decision to send him to live with his aunt in the United States.

      With just a bus ticket and a small amount of cash in hand, Manuelito begins his hazardous journey to Mexico, then the U.S., in search of asylum. But in the end, dangers such as the crooked “coyote”—or human smuggler—his parents have entrusted their son’s life to may be nothing compared to the risks Manuelito faces when he finally reaches the United States.

      Manuelito’s titular character is just one of the staggering two hundred thousand children from the Northern Triangle of Central America—Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras—who have made this perilous journey to escape their war-torn countries. Many are now detained in Mexico, separated from their parents and without access to lawyers, facing the unthinkable prospect of being sent back to the homes and danger they risked so much to escape.

      Drawing on years of experience working with child refugees like Manuelito, Elisa Amado’s powerful story, illustrated with striking poignancy by Abraham Urias, brings to light the dire circumstances of so many children, so close to home.

      Bio

      ELISA AMADO was born in Guatemala and now lives in Toronto. Amado’s other children’s books include What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That?



      ABRAHAM URIAS was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States during the civil war. He works as a designer at a major movie studio in Los Angeles.

      Marketing & Promotion
        • National print and online media campaign
        • Extensive librarian and educator outreach, including featured placement at TxLA
        • Featured promotion on annickpress.com
        • Social media campaign and outreach
        • Promotional partnerships with refugee organizations

    • Awards & Reviews

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      “Paints a searing picture.” —Youth Services Book Review, 12/13/18


      “Compelling and powerful.” —CM Reviews, 01/18/19


      “This hard-hitting graphic novel . . . is an eye-opening, moving, and timely read.” —School Library Journal, 02/19


      “A blunt, effective record of the refugee crisis that’s wounding the Americas.” —Kirkus Reviews, January 14, 2019


      “Gripping and all too authentic . . . The book will raise questions, making it a great discussion starter for a class studying current issues.” —School Library Connection, 05/19


      “Guatemala-born Amado’s text is spare, direct, and emotional—communicating the anxiety and desperation that the characters feel, especially once their hopes for safety in the U.S. are dashed.” —Quill & Quire, 03/19


      “A powerful and edgy graphic novel that explores the refugee crisis in a way that makes it accessible to younger readers.” —Globe and Mail, 05/07/19


      “Neither author nor artist holds back in presenting the life-and-death scenarios unrelentingly happening now.” —Booklist, 06/19

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    Series: My Little Pony
    My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Volume 16 Ted Anderson, Jeremy Whitley, Toni Kuusisto, Andy Price
    9781684054282 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 On Sale Date: April 02, 2019
    $23.99 CAD 6.69 x 10.25 x 0.27 in | 120 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y IDW Publishing
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      Join Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Fluttershy to learn more about the ponies that make life in Equestria charming and amazing!

      Things are getting a little crazier than normal in Ponyville! Pinkie Pie gains extraordinary powers after eating a magic apple, but will she use her new powers for good, or for fun? Meanwhile, the entire town is getting into the spooky spirit for Nightmare Nights! Then, Rainbow Dash decides the elderly ponies of the retirement village could use some more excitement in their lives. So she invents EXTREME BINGO! What could go wrong?

      Collects issues #69-73 of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series by writers Paul Allor, Jeremy Whitley, Ted Anderson, and Thom Zahler with artists Toni Kuusisto, Andy Price, and Agnes Garbowska.


      Series Overview: Part of an ongoing series.



      Publication History: TR original
      Bio
      Jeremy Whitley is an American comic book writer and artist, known as the creator of the series Princeless. In 2011 Whitley joined Action Lab Entertainment as their official Director of Marketin. Jeremy has also co-written licensed properties, including the 2012 digital mini-series GlobWorld and the ongoing NFL RushZone. In addition to his original creations, he has written for IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and My Little Pony: Friends Forever.

      Tony Fleecs is the writer and artist of In My Lifetime, published in 2006 and an immediate critical success. Fleecs has since contributed to anthologies including Postcards: True Stories that Never Happened (nominated for the 2008 Eisner and Harvey awards for best anthology), Pulp Tales, and Wonderlost. His company Fleecs Design (who’s talent roster includes only himself) has a client list that features Disney, 20th Century Fox, Marvel/Rittenhouse, The Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinatti Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Monster Garage, and Taco John’s. His comics have been published by Random House, Image, Boom!, IDW and Terminal Press.


      Author Residence: Durham, NC

      Tony Fleecs is the writer and artist of In My Lifetime, published in 2006 and an immediate critical success. Fleecs has since contributed to anthologies including Postcards: True Stories that Never Happened (nominated for the 2008 Eisner and Harvey awards for best anthology), Pulp Tales, and Wonderlost. His company Fleecs Design (who's talent roster includes only himself) has a client list that features Disney, 20th Century Fox, Marvel/Rittenhouse, The Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinatti Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Monster Garage, and Taco John's. His comics have been published by Random House, Image, Boom!, IDW and Terminal Press.

      Illustrator Residence: Los Angeles, CA
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: Inclusion in Direct-to-consumer Newsletter (40,000 unique and engaged fans)

        Cross promotion in IDW’s monthly titles (Circulation over 350,000)

        Cross promotion with Hasbro’s Social Media. Special focus on My Little Pony and Hasbro fan-sites



        Publicity: Digital review copy made available to 3000 industry and press contacts

        Author and artist interviews, and exclusive content reveals in comic media (Nerdist, Hollywood Reporter, Newsarama, Bleeding Cool, CBR, etc)

        Special focus on Kid’s comics sites, blogs, and fan sites (Equestria Daily)



        Author Social Media: @TedlyAnderson, @TonyFleecs
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
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      "My Little Pony is a wonderfully creative story about courage, friendship, and the importance of staying true to our values and loyal to our friends. I highly recommend this book for children and also parents and caregivers of small children." --Comic Book Corps
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    Supergirl Vol. 1: The Killers of Krypton Marc Andreyko, Kevin MaGuire
    9781401289188 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Superheroes On Sale Date: April 30, 2019
    $22.99 CAD 6.63 x 10.13 x 0.38 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y DC Comics
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      Spinning out of the epic Man of Steel miniseries, Kara Zor-El learned that her home planet of Krypton wasn’t destroyed by natural forces…it was murdered by a bloodthirsty warlord named Rogol Zaar! But when Kara turns up evidence that Zaar wasn’t working alone, she’s determined to chase the conspiracy wherever it leads—even to the edges of the universe!

      Armed with nothing but a Kryptonian space cruiser, Rogol Zaar’s mysterious axe and her faithful companion Krypto, Supergirl heads off into the cosmos in search of answers. But there are powerful forces who don’t want the truth about Krypton to be discovered, and they’re throwing every obstacle they can in Kara’s path to impede her investigation.

      Now, to bring Krypton’s killers to justice, Supergirl will have to face down an entire planet of Green Lanterns…including her friends. Her path will take her from a bar for alien criminals to the middle of a civil war in the Vega system.

      And—worst of all—it will take her home. To the ruins of Krypton…and an asteroid field of deadly Kryptonite!

      The new creative team of writer Marc Andreyko (Death of Hawkman, Manhunter) and artist Kevin Maguire (Justice League International) blast Kara off on a brand-new mission…and a perfect jumping-on point for fans of the Supergirl TV series on The CW! Collects Supergirl #21-26.
      Bio
      Marc Andreyko is a comic book and screenplay writer, known for writing the 2000s ongoing series Manhunter for DC Comics. He co-created (with artist Jesus Saiz) Kate Spencer, the title character of the series, the first female character to carry the long-running legacy. Andreyko co-wrote the graphic novel Torso with Brian Michael Bendis, for which he was nominated for the Angoulême International Comics Festival Prize Awarded by the Audience and the Prize for Scenario (script). He co-created, with P. Craig Russell, an Eisner- and Harvey-winning one-shot for Marvel Comics featuring Dr. Strange entitled What Is It that Disturbs You, Stephen? He has written comics for other publishers, including Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing and Todd McFarlane Productions/Image Comics.

      Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

      Author Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
      Marketing & Promotion
        Marketing: National advertising: Goodreads in-book advertising, Comic Book Resources, IGN, Newsarama

        Trade advertising includes Goodreads, Shelf Awareness and Booklist

        E-mail blasts sent to libraries, retailers and media

        Digital ARC available January 2018

        Ingram and Baker & Taylor advertising

        Promotion on dccomics.com; goodreads.com

        Promotion through DC Comics social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs)

        Support at trade book and comic shows

        In-store co-op advertising

        In-book advertising on DC Comics/Vertigo periodicals



        Publicity: National Media Campaign including National Public Radio and national print features and review coverage

        Extensive online support including EW, USA TODAY, PopMatters, Ain’t IT Cool News, IGN, CBR, Comic Vine, Newsarama and various comic book blogs and pop culture sites



        Author Social Media: @marcandreyko
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    Series: Peter & Ernesto
    Peter & Ernesto: The Lost Sloths Graham Annable
    9781626725720 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels Age (years) from 6 - 10 On Sale Date: April 09, 2019 Print Run: 35000
    $23.50 CAD 7 x 9 x 0.69 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y First Second
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      Description

      FromBox Trolls director Graham Annable comesPeter & Ernesto: The Lost Sloths, the immensely charming sequel to his brilliant debut graphic novel about the endearing friendship between two sloths.

      Peter and Ernesto loved their tree.

      Then a hurricane came and blew it away!

      Now, Peter, Ernesto, and the rest of their sloth friends must venture into the jungle to find a new—great—tree. But the jungle is full of dangers, including angry ants, slithering snakes, and a ravenous jaguar!

      Can cautious Peter and confident Ernesto work together to keep their tribe safe? They’ll have to, if they want to find the perfect tree to call home!

      Bio
      Graham Annableis an Oscar-nominated cartoonist and animator living in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two boys. Annable has done illustration and animation work for Laika, Dark Horse, LucasArts, Nickelodeon, and Walt Disney Productions, among many others. He's rather fond of hockey and sloths. But never the two combined.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      Peter & Ernesto : "Annable's soft, expressive illustrations juxtapose Ernesto's easy, optimistic joy with Peter's apprehensive courage as they explore the world for the first time. Many readers will look forward to the next adventure. A solid pick for readers who have graduated from Elephant and Piggie, Frog and Toad, and Narwhal and Jelly"- Kirkus

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