Edison Beaker, Creature Seeker: The Night Door
What happens when you find out the family business is fighting monsters? Welp, in the case of Creature Seeker Pest Control, you get pulled into a world filled with scary frights who will threaten everyone in the real world if you don’t take care of them…
Edison Beaker and his little sister are being raised by their single-parent mother, but when she needs to go out of town suddenly, Uncle Earl takes over. He gets an emergency service call and has to bring the kids along. Curious and not too afraid of danger, the pair wander into a world that they are more connected to than they think.
You will love the banter between Edison and his younger sister. You will be flipping pages to find out how they get out of trouble. Freaky villains and unlikely allies are paired with artwork that delights. The Night Door is the great first piece in a two-book series; the next one should be just as fun!
Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson
An epic ride around a galaxy that is threatened by dangerous space whales that eat any floating objects they encounter. But the debris they leave behind can be harvested as scrap. It a perilous job, but Violet Marlocke’s father is forced to take it. Her mother is a talented clothing maker who has a received a promotion to work with a famous, yet pretentious designer. Financial security, schooling issues, and intergalactic politics all create tension within the family. Yet, there is great warmth and love in this household, and real-life struggles that anyone can empathize with.
I just read Thompson’s Blankets a couple weeks ago and it was brilliant, but to see the difference in style, tone, and themes in this one shows the incredible range he has as an artist and writer. Violet is a fully fleshed-out character who has a network of supportive (and quirky) friends that any young person would be happy to have. Thompson continues to prove his ability to show relationships and feelings as vivid and bare as any writer I have been familiar with.