Illustrator: Stephan Pastis
Series: Trubble Town #1
Published by Aladdin on September 14, 2021
Genres: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade
Source: Blog Tour, The Publisher
From the author of the “Pearls Before Swine” comic strip and New York Times bestselling Timmy Failure series comes a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming, full-color graphic novel series about a quirky town—just right for young readers starting to read longer books!
Wendy the Wanderer has lived in Trubble Town her whole life but never had the chance to go exploring. For this reason, she thinks she was definitely misnamed. Her dad likes to know where she is to make sure she’s safe, so she’s never been anywhere on her own. Then, her dad leaves on a trip and the babysitter doesn’t reinforce all the usual rules. Or any of the usual rules! Suddenly, Wendy is free to do what she wants, and what she wants is to live up to her name…and find Trubble.
Turns out, there’s lots going on in Trubble Town. As she encounters endearingly goofy animals and hilariously hapless townsfolk, Wendy’s very first adventure takes more twists and turns than she could have ever expected. She learns some really valuable life lessons and even teaches a few of her own.
This fun graphic novel is zany and kooky and never takes itself too seriously. The story follows Wendy who takes advantage of her overprotective father’s absence to see a bit of the world (well, her town). Along the way, she gives a squirrel a sugary drink and he ends up going on a rampage of sorts and destroying the town. Wendy must find a way to put things back together before her dad comes home and the squirrel tries to escape the harsh justice the town leaders want to bring. The story takes some truly wacky twists and turns and there are lots of animal (and donut) side plots. And everything ends up getting wrapped up in some pretty unexpected ways!
Kids who love goofy humor will get a kick out of this. The art style is pretty simplistic but fun, and the story goes in a lot of crazy directions, but it isn’t hard to follow. I passed my copy along to Bernie’s Book Bank, and I think any kid will be delighted to find this one in their bag of books!
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
About the Author
STEPHAN PASTIS is an attorney-turned cartoonist. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the UCLA School of Law, he worked as a lawyer before trying his hand at cartooning. Pastis lives in the Bay Area, with his wife and two children.
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