Thursday, August 10, 2017

Spotlight on THE RISE OF THE RUSTY ROBO-CAT by Mike Lowery + GIVEAWAY + Meet the Cats of Kidliterati!

Robots... Jerk cats... Robo-Cats... Yep, I knew I'd get your attention.

Introducing DOODLE ADVENTURES #3! Like The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs! and The Pursuit of the Pesky Pizza Pirate!The Rise of the Rusty Robo-Cat! marries the fun of drawing and doodling with a lively fantasy tale that will appeal to boys and girls alike. From Mike Lowery—creator of the popular Kid’s Awesome Activity Calendar—it’s like a visual Mad Libs: part game, part graphic novel, and a thrilling, interactive experience in which the reader draws him- or herself into the story and becomes the star.

Carl the Duck is back and needs help on the very important mission of discovering why the cats around town are acting like jerks. Can you track them down and break the spell they are under? (And maybe draw a space vampire along the way?)

Each page combines hand-lettered text, delightful illustrations, plus prompts and plenty of space for the reader’s own contributions. The book is sturdy paper over board with high-quality cream paper that’s a pleasure to draw on. Kids will love using their imaginations to complete the story, then reading it over and over again.

πŸ€–πŸˆBe sure to enter the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the page!πŸˆπŸ€–

It's heeeeeeeere! Mike Lowery's 3rd installment of the fantastically wacky-cool Doodle Adventures Series! My daughters and I had so much fun interviewing Mike Lowery last year, after his first Doodle Adventures book was released! Mike's work is so distinct and prolific... I can pretty much guarantee that if you don't own something with his work on/in it, you've definitely seen it. 

My daughters (ages 11 and 13) had such a blast with the first of these books, that they couldn't wait to get to work with Carl the Duck and his cat Herman to find out why the heck all of the cats in their town are being jerks! One of my girls is an avid reader, the other is an avid artist, so this Doodle Adventure idea of marrying a graphic novel with a doodle book is GENIUS. 

Now, this whole 'why are all of the cats being jerks' question, sparked a fun idea. I posed the question to my fellow Kidliterati writers (a surprising number of which are, ahem, allergic to cats). Here are their responses along with some adorably jerky cat photos! Meet the Jerk-Cats of Kidliterati!

Gail Nall: Saffron is not a jerk, but her brother, Pumpkin, is. He bit her on the butt, and now she has to wear the Cone of Shame. (Saffron is fine. She no longer has to wear the cone. However, her brother is still a soft, fluffy jerk.)

Colten Hibbs: This is Reyna! My little old lady. She'll be ten in October. She's only a jerk when it's time to come inside and she refuses.

Paul Adams: This guy just told me he's totally a cat. Meow. (There's one in every group, am I right?)

Karen L. HallamHere's my little demon. His name is Tacho!  If I don't feed our little monster, he chews anything I've touched last. Paperwork -- headphones, important things.  

Brian Sargent: My cat Oblio is the jerkiest jerk of jerkland. He meow's all night for food, and then when I feed him in the morning, he sniffs the food and walks away. Such a jerk!

And theses are my jerks: One is jerkier than the other (hint: it's the orange one). Atticus (orange kitty) is the cat who will literally paw an item off of a table or counter just to do it. He won't play with it. He's not even remotely interested in it! He's also a total food bully. Sheriff (gray kitty) is the type that will give you alllll of the signs he'd like to cuddle...he'll even cuddle you a bit...and then, without warning, will bite your face.  


  1. "What's your favorite subject/method/medium to doodle?" I usually do patterns--with a ballpoint. On paper.

  2. I have colored pencils and a sketch pad that relax me, especially when out in nature to draw.

  3. I have five cats (only some are jerky), so this post is a favorite. I'm checking out the Doodle Adventures next...


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