- Author Bio
Hilarious illustrated non-fiction about cockroaches perfect for beginning readers. You’ll bug out over this perfect pairing of humorous text and funny illustrations about this insect that’s been around for over 335 million years!
Fast cockroach facts:
Distinctive trait: Flat and oval-shaped body
Diet: Everything! (Especially if it’s greasy and sweet…)
Special talent: Running
The Cockroach covers lifestyle (cockroaches prefer the dark and only come out during the day when their colonies get big enough), anatomy (cockroaches have wings but rarely fly), habitat (they prefer heat to cold), life cycle (a female can give birth to up to 350 babies during her lifetime) and much more. Although silly and off-the-wall, The Cockroach contains factual information that will both amuse and teach at the same time.
Series Overview: Each book in the Disgusting Critters series is a clever and very funny look at a particular insect or animal (fly, worm, slug, toad, head lice, rat, spider, bat and cockroach). The off-the-wall humor and fun, strangely adorable graphic approach by a Governor General’s Award - winning illustrator set this series apart from traditional non-fiction treatments.
HUMOR: Funny, cute, graphic-style art with easily digestible non-fiction content.
HUGE KID APPEAL: Kids love the gross and disgusting!
UNIQUE SERIES: There are 7 previously published titles (list on back) available in hardcover and trade paperback—collect them all! The books don’t need to be read in order, making this a flexible series.
DYNAMIC AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Award-winning author-illustrator whose profile continues to rise.
PERFECT FOR BEGINNING READERS: Easy-to-read text is ideal for newly independent readers.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: Life science, animals, language arts, early reading.
Amazon A+ content
Designed series sell-sheet
Trade advertising with contest element
NCTE 2019 contest & promotion
Deluxe sell-in packages available for major account previews
Series shelf-talker available
Dedicated series trade advertising
Bookworm tote bag
Organization for the Defense of Disgusting Critters Club Activity kit
Major trade show presence
ALA Midwinter banner & tote
TLA Blue Bonnet gift bag & tote contest
Tundra social takeover
Include select titles in Tundra Bugs Campaign in summer 2020
Consider advertising in regional holiday catalogues
Creature Features all year long on Tundra Social
US IBBY Regional Conference- panelist (Austin, Oct 25-27)
Author Website: www.elisegravel.com/en
Author Social Media: Instagram: @elise_gravel
PRAISE FOR the Disgusting Critters series:
“Gross-out potential, for sure—but also likely to give larval entomologists a mild buzz…”—Kirkus Reviews
“Each page has incredible visual appeal and is very eye-catching…. Gravel’s ability to turn the most disgusting fact into an adorable drawing is remarkable…. This series is a must-read for children who like the world’s most unlikeable creatures. Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine
“The interplay of text and illustration should strike all the right notes of gross-out loving young readers.”—Quill and Quire
“These easy-to-read entrants feature caricature-like cartoon illustrations that appealingly depict worms and flies. The brief text imparts information and is accompanied by chatty asides from the subjects…. Readers will find these titles fun to peruse and will pick up some useful material on the subjects, along with a tasty soupçon of icky-ness.”—School Library Journal