Here at Old Firehouse Books we sometimes develop little book favorites. It's just like in elementary school with teacher's pets. The teacher knows its not ideal but can't help herself cause the kid is so darn cute/wonderful/creative/smart/etc. Well, truth be told, I think the store has a little bookstore pet in The Aldo Zelnick Comic Novels by Karla Oceanak and Kendra Spanjer. The first book in the series is called Artsy Fartsy and everyone here loves it. We love the events that the talented author and illustrator do, their fun vibe when they come in the store and the adorable book series they are creating. This series is along the same vein as Diary of a Wimpy Kid but WAY BETTER!!!
Aldo Zelnick is a ten year old boy who was given a sketch book by his grandma and is now creating a sketch comic/diary and he is accompanied throughout his adventures by members of his family (both parents have positive influence and are encouraging to read about) and his good friends, Jack and Bee. This book series is appropriate for almost any reading age, with the illustrations and large printed words most readers will dive right in no matter what their level or age. It's also attractive to both boys and girls. And there is no questionable material, rather throughout the books Aldo uses words he is learning and puts fun definitions in the back of each book to help his readers learn big new interesting words!
I am super excited to announce that the next book in the series is coming out in June! Titled Bogus (there's an alphabetical theme to each book) is about a diamond ring that was found and then lost and the chase that follows. It has interesting history and rock information throughout and lots and lots of B words. (I learned new ones myself and laughed at Aldo's awesome definitions!)
If you haven't already checked out Artsy Fartsy come on in and look it over. It's a great gift for any kid whether they are big readers or not! And keep a lookout for Bogus coming in JUNE!