Synopses & Reviews
Christmas is coming! The Magic Cartooning Elf and his friend the Knight join forces to make a Christmas comic for Santa to give to all the boys and girls in the world.
As with previous installments in the Adventures in Cartooning series, Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special is a zany adventure story seamlessly integrated with nuggets of practical cartooning tips: how to write, illustrate, print, and distribute comics! It's a terrific holiday gift, and after reading it, kids will be inspired to make more gifts…with comics!
"Kids are asking for high-tech gifts instead of old-fashioned ones, and Santa is not all that happy about it ('Instead of toys, we elves write code,' a helper tells him. 'Then we connect to the server... and upload!'). Santa hits on the idea of a Christmas comic book, enlisting the help of a certain elf and knight (seen in the two previous Adventures in Cartooning books). Along the way, readers get an uproarious lesson in what makes a great or at least salable holiday story ('This book is as good as the Scrooge and the Grinch!!!' boasts the knight. 'I don't know about that, but it'll do in a pinch!!!' responds the elf) and how comics are made. As smart as it is funny and it's very funny. Ages 4 up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Christmas is coming! The Magic Cartooning Elf and his friend the Knight help Santa make a Christmas comic. But will kids put away their iPads, smart phones, and video games long enough to read a book?
The latest in the beloved Adventures In Cartooning series, Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special will inspire children to pick up a pencil and draw up a snow storm! No charger or batteries are needed for this terrific holiday gift.
About the Author
is the author of award-winning graphic novels for children and adults, including James Sturm's America
, Market Day
, The Golems Mighty Swing
and Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow
. He is the founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies. He lives in White River Junction, Vermont.
A graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies, Alexis Frederick-Frost lives outside of Boston and works at a library. His first comic, La Primavera, was the recipient of a Xeric Grant. Andrew Arnold is a graduate of the Center of Cartoon Studies: Adventures in Cartooning is the result of a class assignment given to him and Alexis Frederick-Frost. He lives in New York and works in publishing.
Reading Group Guide
Santa and Elf speak in rhyme, but the knight thinks its annoying. What do you think of rhyming books?
Elf says that a Christmas story must have a deep meaning. What was the moral of this book?
The knight makes up a couple of stories for Santa and Elf. Can you come up with your own Christmas story?
At the end of the story, you are encouraged to write a comic. Were you inspired to make one? What was your comic about?
How does the knight convince the dragon to help them? Are you good at bargaining or persuading, too?
Elf says that coming up with a good ending is really hard, and this story ends with a giant big toe appearing. How else could the story have ended?
One of Santas elves says that kids want thing like video games for Christmas, but Santa wants people to read books. What is your ideal Christmas gift?
Have you ever written a letter to Santa or a celebrity that you didnt know? What did it say? Or if you havent written one, who would you write to and what would you say?
What is a good balance between using digital things, like video games, and using traditional things, like books?