Stinky Cecil in Mudslide Mayhem is here!

Author Paige Braddock with her new book, Stinky Cecil in Mudslide Mayhem.
Author Paige Braddock with a copy of Stinky Cecil in Mudslide Mayhem.

It’s book release day for Cecil and his pond pals! Mudslide Mayhem is the third book in the Stinky Cecil series. Cecil and Jeremy make new friends, while Nesbit has his first experiences in the wild. Here’s a quick look:

It’s springtime at Cecil’s Pond and everything is coming alive: the flowers, grasses, insects, and butterflies. The marsh around the pond is all in bloom. Poor Nesbit (the chameleon) is overwhelmed by it all. He sees all the change as unsettling chaos!

Nesbit grew up in a pet store before moving to the pond. He has no idea what it’s like to live in the wild or where he fits in the chain of life. Cecil and his pond pals will have to help Nesbit along on his journey of self-discovery. Join Cecil and his friends as they celebrate all the diversity of life in the pond and the marsh that surrounds it. Sometimes, mayhem is good!

You can find Stinky Cecil in Mudslide Mayhem on Amazon and IndieBound. Happy comics!

A scene from Mudslide Mayhem of Nesbit and a ladybug.
Nesbit meeting his first ladybug.

Coming in February… Mudslide Mayhem!

SC_Mudslide_MECH.inddHey, Stinky Cecil fans! Book Three in the Stinky Cecil series, Mudslide Mayhem!, is on its way. The release date for the book is February 27 so mark your calendars! You can also pre-order it here.

Here’s a sneak-peek:

“It’s springtime at Cecil’s Pond and everything is coming alive: the flowers, grasses, insects, and butterflies. The marsh around the pond is all in bloom. Poor Nesbit (the chameleon) is overwhelmed by it all. He sees all the change as unsettling chaos!

Nesbit grew up in a pet store before moving to the pond. He has no idea what it’s like to live in the wild or where he fits in the chain of life. Cecil and his pond pals will have to help Nesbit along on his journey of self-discovery. Join Cecil and his friends as they celebrate all the diversity of life in the pond and the marsh that surrounds it. Sometimes, mayhem is good!”

I recently shared some of the newest installment of Cecil’s adventures with a group of aspiring cartoonists at my local library. It’s always fun to inspire kids with comics. Children have a surprisingly sophisticated sense of humor and it always cracks me up to hear them repeat jokes from the Stinky Cecil series.

Comics classSome early reviewers have offered good feedback for Book Four in the series. For example, Stinky Cecil expert, Phoenix, age 5, let me know in no uncertain terms that in the next book, Jeff should have a backhoe.

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Phoenix painting Jeff with a backhoe.

I have to agree with Phoenix that the story possibilities for the things Jeff could do with a radio-controlled backhoe are endless.

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I painted Jeff with a backhoe, too.

It’s rewarding to write a story for kids that’s fun and appealing, while at the same time teaching them a little bit about the science of the world around us. The residents of Cecil’s pond, despite their differences, come together for the common good of their shared ecosystem. In the end, they create an environment that works for everyone.

As we make our way through 2018, let’s remember how many creatures live downstream from us and how what we do in our daily lives affects the global ecosystem. My personal goals for 2018 are to be kind to others, to be kind to the environment… oh, and to draw lots more Stinky Cecil comics!

 

Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue is OUT!!

Operation Pond Rescue coverKids graphic novel Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue is available for purchase today!

From the Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and Peanuts illustrator Paige Braddock and amp! Comics for Kids, 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.

Here’s what adults and kids at heart are saying about Stinky Cecil:

“‘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”

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

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

Recommended for kids ages 7 to 12 years old, kids are lining up to meet Stinky Cecil.

Schulz Museum SigningLumaCON signing

“Cecil is really stinky, but in a good way.” — PB

Stinky Cecil is Coming to See You!

Hey, Snoopy, comic and graphic novel fans!

Author and cartoonist Paige Braddock, Creative Director at Schulz M. Creative Associates, is kicking off a reading tour for a new children’s graphic novel. Due out in February 2015 from 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.

Mark your calendars for the following Stinky Cecil tour dates:

ARC of Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond RescueJanuary 17, 2015: LumaCON 2015
Petaluma, California
Paige Braddock will speak on the “Artists’ Stories” panel at 10:30 am -11:30 am PST and after will sign copies of Stinky Cecil nearby.

January 31, 2015: Schulz Museum
Santa Rosa, California
Paige Braddock will read and sign copies of Stinky Cecil at 2 PM PST.

Stay tuned for more reading tour announcements on StinkyCecil.com, Facebook, and Twitter. We hope to see you there!