Synopses & Reviews
Caldecott Honor Illustrator and international bestseller Don Wood creates his first full-color graphic novel, filled with action, drama, and adventure.
Sumno and Duffy pugg (brothers) are told they must travel to a volcanic island to help an aunt they have never met. When they arrive on the island, they soon discover that their mysterious auntie is up to no good. They are sent on an expedition that take them on a wild boat ride straight into an errupting volcano. Facing extreme danger, they hike inside the volcano and eventually escape--after Sumno saves Duffy's life. Here is an action adventure that will immidately hook young readers.
"Wood's (The Napping House) first foray into graphic novels is a visual stunner. Sumo and Duffy Pugg are called out of class by their father, who insists they immediately go off with their long-lost, oddly named cousin, Mr. Come-and-Go, to visit their (also unknown to them) Aunt Lulu on Kocalaha, the island where their absent mother was born. Blunt, bald and broad as a refrigerator, Come-and-Go does not inspire confidence in Sumo, the less adventurous of the brothers, and his reluctance looks reasonable when Lulu hustles them off on a mysterious expedition, which involves entering Kocalaha's volcano as it is erupting. Wood's full-color digital illustrations vividly depict fabulous scenery lava flows, ocean swells, lush foliage and the muscularity of the action will impress thrill-seeking readers. The boys repeatedly face peril, including a terrifying and surreal episode in which deathly specters surround Sumo while he tries to rescue Duffy. The plot does not answer all the questions it raises: the boys' trip is eventually explained, but not why their father has sanctioned it. The audience will likely be too busy living vicariously through Sumo and Duffy's ultimately excellent adventure to mind. Ages 7 up. Correction: The illustrator of Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Plum Fantastic by Whoopi Goldberg (Reviews, Sept. 29), published by Hyperion/Jump at the Sun, is Maryn Roos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Brothers Sumno and Duffy are told they must travel to a volcanic island to help an aunt they have never met. When they arrive, they discover that their mysterious auntie is up to no good. They are sent on an expedition that takes them on a wild boat ride straight into an erupting volcano.
About the Author
Don Wood is the internationally beloved illustrator of numerous classics such as IT'S DUFFY TIME!; THE NAPPING HOUSE; KING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB; and JUBAL'S WISH. He recently wrote and illustrated his brilliant graphic novel, INTO THE VOLCANO (now in paperback, 2012). He and his wife, Audrey, live in an off-grid, untamed area of Hawaii with their three dogs, two goats, and a flock of chickens.