“Sparks!” (2018)

Written by: Ian Boothby
Interior art: Nina Matsumoto, with colours by David Dedrick
Cover art: Nina Matsumoto

Released February 27, 2018
All Ages. Published by Scholastic Graphix

This Super Dog is the Cat’s Meow!
August is a brilliant inventor who is afraid of the outside. Charlie is a crack pilot who isn’t afraid of anything. Together these pals save lives every day. They also happen to be cats who pilot a powerful, mechanical dog suit! Always eager to leap into danger, this feline duo have their work cut out for them as they try to thwart Princess, an evil alien bent on enslaving mankind. Don’t let the fact that Princess looks like a cute, diaper-wearing baby fool you. She’s clever, determined, and totally ruthless. So when Princess and the browbeaten fools she calls servants enact a brilliant and dastardly plan to conquer Earth, August and Charlie pull out all the stops to save the day.


★ “Matsumoto’s bright, dynamic, and cartoonish illustrations, though vaguely reminiscent of a certain show about a dysfunctional Springfield family, are a perfect fit with the text.”
Nathan Whitlock, Quill and Quire

★ “Matsumoto’s archly funny cartoons—buoyant, colorful artwork filled with speedy action, riotous sight gags, and animated character designs—perfectly complement the script.”
Sarah Hunter, ALA Booklist

“Nina Matsumoto is the artist of this book and she is terrific. She creates the silly and serious superbly.”
Patrick Hayes, SciFi Pulse

“It’s an off-the-wall and very funny adventure with an entertaining odd-couple friendship at its core.”
Publishers Weekly

“Nina Matsumoto illustrates it in so picture-perfect a manner that the graphic novel becomes a genuine page-turner and one heck of a lot of fun.”

★ “Tightly spaced panels and frenetic motion lines keep the tension high and the pace quick, and the plethora of onomatopoeia give a dramatic and amusing comic-book feel.”
Kate Quealy-Gainer, Project Muse

“If it’s not the single best idea for a comic book series ever, well, it’s got to be in the top ten. ”
J. Caleb Mozzocco, School Library Journal

“Clever, action packed and funny.”
Katrina Yurenka, Youth Services Book Review

Sparks! is a perfect pick for elementary school readers, and with its colorful mix of superheroes, sci-fi, and cute cats, it should have broad appeal.”
Brigid Alverson, ICv2

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