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Squirrel helps Bird overcome his biggest challenge yet -- FAMILY!
The dangerous Horned Toad 500 cross-country race is coming up and Bird's father has always won it. But when his dad gets injured, Bird reluctantly joins the race to save the family honor. While dealing with the scorching desert heat and dirty tricks from another team, Bird and Squirrel are put to the ultimate test of endurance and sportsmanship. Along the way, the duo learns that, win or lose, having good friends and family will always get you to the finish line.
About the Author
James Burks spent 15 years working in the animation industry on various movies and television shows, including The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis, Treasure Planet, Space Jam, The Iron Giant, Wow Wow Wubbzy, and most recently on Fan Boy & Chum Chum. James is the author of the Bird & Squirrel graphic novel series for Scholastic, as well as the illustrator for the Branches series Haggis and Tank Unleashed. James lives in Valencia, California.
Praise for Bird & Squirrel:
"The easy-to-follow panels offer a great introduction for readers interested in trying their first graphic novel, and the warm, engaging art has the same vibrant energy of a beloved Saturday morning cartoon." -- Booklist
"The character design is astounding." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Burks' comic-strip-like panels utilize zesty colors, bold compositions, and varying perspectives to create plenty of visual interest." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A bright medley of friendship, problem-solving, and identity ideal for emerging readers looking for the next step up from leveled readers." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Burks continues to prove a wonderful storyteller with his vivid artwork, which will engage the most reluctant of readers. A must-own for graphic novel collections." -- School Library Journal