Book 1: Operation Pond Rescue


From the Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and long-time Peanuts illustrator Paige Braddock and Andrews McMeel Publishing, Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue is the hilarious tale of a group of amphibians (and one free-range hamster) who set out to save their tiny pond home from one very large steamroller.

Cecil is a toad. A toad busy doing what any other toad does with its days–judging the pond splashing contest (Reggie the fly is usually the honorary winner by dint of his five-day lifespan), or visiting his friends, Jeff the free-range hamster, Rayray the lizard, Jeremy the worm, or Sprout the frog. And, of course, trying to keep clear of the local hawk.

But when Cecil discovers a freeway construction project aimed right at the pond, he knows he has to come up with a plan to save his home. But what can a small group of amphibians and a reincarnating fly do against construction vehicles and a steady onslaught of hot asphalt? Cecil isn’t sure, but he knows they have to try.

Release date: February 2015
Available: Amazon, IndieBound

Reviews for Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue

“Braddock’s expertise with the pacing of three-panel comics is on full display.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“Braddock’s experience illustrating A Charlie Brown Valentine (2002) and other post-Schulz Peanuts productions stands her in good stead here.” — Kirkus

“… Braddock uses clear, simple lines in her colorful art, which young readers should easily be able to read and understand.” — Booklist

“The minute I finished reading this graphic novel, I knew I had a winning title in my hand.” — Esther Keller, School Library Journal

“‘Sometimes big stories happen in small places’ and a big, fun, totally enjoyable tale happens right here in Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue. Paige Braddock has created a loveable cast of quirky animal pals in a very funny and environmentally-friendly adventure. I’m looking forward to the next installment!” — Patrick McDonnell, creator of “Mutts”

“In Stinky Cecil, Braddock has written a charming, funny and somehow educational book with great artwork. What more do you want from a book for kids?” — Brian Cronin, Comic Book Resources

“Funny and loveable! The characters in Stinky Cecil’s pond are honest, determined, loyal, and hilarious — especially when they forget themselves and act like real animals! I can’t wait for more adventures!” — Jeff Smith, creator of “Bone”

Stinky Cecil fan art

Cecil fan art
By Malacky, age 6
Jeremy fan art
By Malacky, age 6
Jeremy the Worm fan art
By Asia, age 7
Stinky Cecil fan art by Rose
By Rose