Happy School Lunch Superhero Day!

Jarrett J. Krosoczka, creator of the Lunch Lady Graphic Novels, is encouraging everyone to celebrate and honor our wonderful folks who work in school lunch rooms across the nation.

Check out the following video:

Here is another one celebrating Lunch Lady Superheroes:

Stop by Jarrett's blog for more ideas and ways to celebrate School Lunch Superhero Day.

Don't forget to do something nice for your school's lunch room staff today!!!

In other Lunch Lady news, Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villian: Lunch Lady #9 came out recently.  Pick up a copy at your local bookstore and remember to shop Indie whenever possible.

I am also giving away a copy of Jarrett's new Middle Grade Novel - Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked.  Click here to enter for a chance to win a copy.

Platypus Police Squad Blog Tour and Artwork Reveal

To celebrate the debut of Jarrett J. Krosoczka's middle grade mystery - Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked - which comes out on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Walden Pond Press is hosting a Blog Tour featuring exclusive artwork from the book.

From HarperCollins' website:
Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked is the first in a series of zany, action-packed middle-grade mysteries featuring platypus police detectives Rick Zengo and Corey O’Malley.

When a call comes in about a crime down at the docks involving a missing schoolteacher and a duffle bag full of illegal fish, Zengo and O’Malley are going to have to learn to set their differences aside if they want to get to the bottom of this. Especially when the clues all point to Frank Pandini Jr., Kallamazoo’s first son and its most powerful, well-respected businessman.

Fans of Adam Rex, Jon Scieszka, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s own Lunch Lady graphic novels will flip for Jarrett’s new series of illustrated middle-grade novels.

Book Description
From the Files of the Platypus Police Squad

Case #1138
Detectives of record: Rick Zengo and Corey O'Malley

Case brief: A local schoolteacher is missing, and the only thing fishier than the circumstances surrounding his disappearance is the smell coming from the bag he left behind. All clues point to billionaire businessman Frank Pandini Jr.—but why would Pandini get his paws into the illegal fish trade?

And now I am excited to reveal several pieces of the finished artwork from Platypus Police Squad:

Zengo's first time with O'Malley in the squad car. 

O'Malley's boys get a ride in the squad car.

Zengo and O'Malley checking out suspects' pictures. 

Zengo outside of the Roar (owned by Pandini).

The new Kal East Football Stadium.

Doesn't this make you want to read the book?  Pick up a copy of Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked by Jarrett J. Krosoczka at your favorite bookstore, and shop Indie whenever possible.

All artwork copyright © 2013 by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

For more information on author/illustrator, Jarrett J. Krosoczka: website | blog | facebook | twitter

To download the Zengo and O'Malley's Rookie Rules Activity Kit, click here

Join in on the Platypus Police Squad Virtual Launch Party on May 23, 2013 - click here for the link.

Check out the official book trailer for Platypus Police Squad:

Walden Pond Press is providing one lucky reader with a signed copy of Platypus Police Squad.  Enter below for a chance to win a copy:

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Some of my favorite things (or should I say favorite Graphic Novels)

September seems to have become the time of the year when some of my favorite graphic novelists celebrate book releases.  Here are a few that have either just been released or will be released in the next couple of weeks.  

Drama by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic Graphix, September 1, 2012)

Check out the official book trailer for Drama:

Amulet Vol 5:  Prince of the Elves  by Kazu Kibuishi (Scholastic Graphix, September 1, 2012)

Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke (First Second, September 4, 2012)

Check out the official book trailer of Legends of Zita the Spacegirl:

Lunch Lady #8: Lunch Lady and the Picture Book Peril by Jarrett J. Kroscozka (Random House, September 11, 2012)

Squish #4: Captain Disaster by Jenni and Matt Holm (Random House, Septempber 25, 2012)