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UNBELIEVABLE OLIVER, THE 1
The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers
By (author): Pseudonymous Bosch Illustrated by: Shane Pangburn
9780525552321 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 7 - 9, Grade (US) from 2 - 4 JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories May 14, 2019
$21.99 CAD
Active 5.75 x 7.88 x 0.68 in 192 pages TWO-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS Dial Books for Young Readers Dial Books
From the author of the bestselling Secret Series comes this funny chapter-book mystery about a third-grade magician and the wisecracking rabbit who is the secret brains behind his act.

Eight-year-old Oliver dreams of being a professional magician, even though he has terrible stage fright. And now, his friends Teenie and Bea have gotten him invited to a classmate’s birthday party as the paid entertainment! Desperate for help, he visits The Great Zoocheeni’s Magic Emporium, but comes away with nothing more than a moth-eaten top hat.

Oliver is in for a lucky surprise, though. Inside that top hat hides a wisecracking rabbit named Benny, who agrees to help Oliver with his act. But at the party, Oliver is accused of robbery! He’ll need to solve the mystery of the missing robo-cat to clear his name before he and Benny can amaze the crowd with their grand finale.

“Like Lemony Snicket with a little Monty Python”: That’s what LA Weekly called Pseudonymous Bosch’s writing. He has a mischievous and very silly approach that is irresistible to readers—his books have sold several million copies.

Magic and Mystery: For his first chapter book series, the author has come up with the winning combination of mysteries and magic tricks (not to mention humor). Think George Brown meets The A to Z Mysteries (with a bit of Frosty the Snowman snuck in)—there is so much here to delight all kids. Each book will include instructions to perform the title trick.

Adorably illustrated in two colors: This is the first children’s book illustrated by Shane Pangburn, who brings a comic-book appeal to his endearing and plentiful interior art.

Casual diversity: The twins Martine and Beatriz have gay dads (they are inspired by the author’s own marriage and kids), Oliver is Jewish, and the cast of each book will be racially diverse.

Pseudonymous Bosch is the infamously anonymous author of the New York Times bestselling Secret Series and the Bad Books. Despite rumors to the contrary, his books are not actually written by his pet rabbit, Quiche. Nor is he the alter ego of Raphael Simon, a totally unrelated author who lives in Pasadena, CA, with his husband and twin daughters.

Author Residence: Pasadena, CA

Shane Pangburn grew up in rural Illinois and now lives in Los Angeles, where he writes whenever he's not drawing, taking photos, watching TV, or otherwise working. He produces YALLWEST, the nation's largest Youth and Young Adult literary festival. His cartoons and illustrations have appeared in The Daily Dot, numerous college textbooks, and how-to guides. He worked as a children's bookseller and textbook illustrator before switching to literary promotion, assisting other authors on their book campaigns.

Illustrator Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Marketing: National media outreach

Consumer advertising campaign

5-copy counter display with magic wands GWP (9781984874085)

Trade advertising

Blogger outreach

Online and social media promotion

Feature at all School & Library conferences



Author Website: pseudonymousbosch.com / shanepang.com

Author Social Media: @shanepang

Praise for Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers

“[A] raucous series opener…Portrayed in Pangburn’s peppy cartoons, unremitting slapstick scenarios augment the comedy, as do puns, miscommunications, and Bosch’s cheeky, meddling narration.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“With a talking rabbit on the lam, this amusing story of friendship, failure, and success (and an erupting candy volcano) neatly slips in vocabulary along the way. Readers shouldn’t have so much ridiculous fun with a book as they do with this one.”—Kirkus Review

Awards and Praise for Pseudonymous Bosch:

New York Times Bestseller

Edgar Award Nominee

E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Finalist

Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award

Georgia Children’s Book Award (alternate)

NAPPA Gold Award

“Equal parts supernatural whodunit, suspense-filled adventure and evocative coming of age tale.”—Publishers Weekly

“If you want to read a mysterious book of magic and secrets, then pick up this book and start reading!”—The Guardian

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