Kevin Sylvester is an award-winning illustrator, writer and broadcaster whose work ranges from murder mysteries and science fiction to books on sports and financial literacy. His picture books include Splinters (a Blue Spruce Honour Book) and Super-Duper Monster Viewer. Kevin’s Neil Flambé Capers series and MINRs series have both been bestsellers. His latest novel is Mucus Mayhem. His non-fiction titles include Follow Your Money, Follow Your Stuff, Baseballogy and Basketballogy. Kevin lives with his family in Toronto. Visit him online at www.kevinsylvester.online.
The Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem
Jessica Flem has spent the better part of her life so far reacting allergically to everything – and much of it in her basement where she rules the online game Gang of Greats. She’s used to a nose that never stops running, but is not prepared for the mysterious power that shows up around her thirteenth birthday – the ability to transform her mucus-filled tissues into slimy magical helpers. And just in time, too. It turns out there are forces both good and evil who have had their eyes on her and three other “special” kids since their exposure at birth to a mysterious element called reidium. Jess must draw on her full video game knowledge to face the evil Boss and her equally evil henchwoman in their quest for world domination. With her best friend Cliff at her side, and with the stakes ratcheting higher and higher, Jess and her arsenal of mighty. . . well, tissues, must make the world of Dimly, Manitoba, a safe place once again.
Gargantua (Jr!) – Defender of Earth
Gargantua Junior wants to grow up to be just like Mom. Before Junior was born, Mom had a reputation for being a little wild – she wreaked havoc everywhere she went with her monster strength and fiery flames. But now she prefers to repair some of the damage, and she only knocks over buildings that are supposed to come down. She also protects Earth from dangerous space robots and giant asteroids. Gargantua Junior would like to help out, but Mom says, “You’re too little.” So Junior sets out to show her that she’s wrong … Thankfully, Mom comes to the rescue just in time.
Themes of making amends for past mistakes, giving back to the community, the importance of teamwork and learning one’s limits all come into play in this story about a mom and her baby monster, vibrantly written and illustrated by Kevin Sylvester.