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Summer 2022 OMNI

Burt's Way Home
By (author): John Martz
John Martz


Tundra Books



Product Form:



Children: Age (years) 6 - 9, Grade (US) 1 - 4
Jul 19, 2022
$16.99 CAD


7.31in x 5.81 x 0.46 in | 0.48 lb

Page Count:

60 pages


Tundra Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
A cosmic accident has left Burt stranded on Earth…or so he says. An early graphic novel of foster care and the meaning of home, for fans of Binky the Space Cat.

Burt is an alien from a distant galaxy with advanced technology, but an accident has made his parents disappear and trapped him on Earth. And no matter what he does, he can’t seem to get lowly Earth technology to work well enough to get him home.

That’s his story, anyway. From the perspective of his foster mother, Lydia, Burt is a confused and lonely little boy who’s difficult to understand and lives in his own world. But she’s less focused on understanding him than she is on taking care of and supporting him.

Burt struggles to adjust to his new home, and Lydia tries her best. But when Burt embarks on a plan to teleport home once and for all and ventures into the cold all alone, Lydia will have to find a way to bridge the gulf between them.

EARLY READER GRAPHIC NOVEL APPEAL: A perfect pick for reluctant and newly independent readers, Burt is an accessible and short graphic novel.

DYNAMIC ART: John Martz has used a limited palette to create an subdued atmosphere, but his goofy style is friendly and widely appealing.

ADOPTION/FOSTER CARE STORY: Burt’s use of story to make sense of his situation, and the loving care of his foster mother Lydia, sensitively depict the struggles of foster children and their guardians in a way that young readers will easily relate to.

THOUGHTFUL AND SWEET: A powerful story with an affecting message that’s subtle yet accessible.

MULTIPLE AWARD—NOMINATED TUNDRA ARTIST: John is not only a fan favorite in the kids’ book and comic worlds, having earned fantastic reviews for his work in How to Give Your Cat a Bath and contributed to MAD Magazine, he’s also Tundra’s art director and a tastemaker in both communities.

LOWER PRICE POINT RE-RELEASE: Previously published in Canada by a small press, this new edition is attractively priced at a newly accessible price point.

JOHN MARTZ is an illustrator, cartoonist and designer. He is the author and illustrator of Evie and the Truth About Witches, Burt’s Way Home, A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories and the illustrator of Who’s on First? and Crocodile Hungry. His work has also appeared in MAD Magazine and The Nib. He lives in Toronto.

Author Residence: Toronto, Canada

Publicity: TundraTime downloadable material

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Author Website: www.johnmartz.com

Author Social Media: @johnmartz (Twitter and Instagram)

“Beginning readers will absolutely love reading this graphic novel and will find this story intriguing, funny, suspenseful, heartwarming and well-plotted as they practice their reading.” —Midwest Book Review

“In [Burt’s Way Home], Martz’s ingenious design of the two perspectives opens the door for interpretations…invit[ing] the reader to wonder, to relate, and to turn it into our versions of the story.” —CM Reviews

“Sensitive and respectful, this is a great book to have in your collections.” —Mom Read It

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