Leonard the Great, Book One
a middle-grade fantasy/adventure novel
If you think it was all good deeds and fancy ideals back in the days of Camelot, think again. Most people don't know this, but for a time things went seriously bad; Arthur was imprisoned, Merlin had vanished, and a vile demon had taken over the throne.
Young Leonard would have been shocked to learn any of this but right now all that concerned him was where his next meal was coming from. As page to Sir Ronald, a poor but kind knight, events at the castle took a back seat to a rumbling stomach. Oh sure, he held a secret dream that one day Sir Ronald would take a seat at the Round Table, but seriously, that was about as likely as Maid Glennys seeing him as anyone other than the dirty page of a low-ranking nobleman. Not gonna happen.
Everything changes when Leonard meets Mantooth, a seriously depressed dragon who's looking for a knight to end his misery with a swing of a broadsword. Wait a minute. If the dragon will allow Sir Ronald to slay him, his misery would be over, Sir Ronald would surely get a Round Table invite for such a brave deed, and Leonard might even climb a notch or two in the eyes of Glennys! Everybody wins, right?
Wrong. Leonard's plan backfires horribly when, on the day of the battle, Sir Ronald is arrested for "bravery without a license" and he and Mantooth are dragged off to Camelot's dungeons. Now Leonard must do whatever it takes to free his master even if that means doing battle with dangerous monsters, trying to outwit Camelot's dark overlord, or taking a bath!
Praise for Dragonfriend:
"A wonderfully written side story to the Arthurian legend with never-considered twists, fun details and tremendous heart. Leonard is a marvelous hero-in-the-making and Mantooth is the first dragon in a long time who really deserves a hug."
-- Carolyn Hennesy, Author of the Pandora series
"Dragonfriend starts with a chuckle then quickly develops into a brave quest, climaxing in a truly epic battle between knights, dragons and fiends from Hell. Honestly, what more could you want?"
-- Keith Robinson, Author of the Island of Fog Series
"... a smart, sassy tale of knights and dragons that rockets the entire clanky genre into the 21st Century for savvy (and perhaps a little jaded) readers.
-- Steve Kaye, Author of Valley of Hate by Clay Burnham
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by Roger Eschbacher
Illustrated by Thor Wickstrom
Vacation Time! Join the family as they grab their maps, snacks, and car games and jump in the car, ready for a trip to Grandma's house. What adventures await them along the way? The kinds found on every family road trip -- from crazy roadside attractions, to sleeping at a motel for the night, to hunting for silly postcards to send to friends at home.
Praise for Road Trip:
"For all young readers who have or are about to hit the road, Comedy Central-writer Eschbacher chronicles a family's two-day trip to Grandma's and back in short, bouncy verses. Wickstrom's lighthearted cartoon scenes open with Mom, Dad and four siblings piling into a minivan, close with a sleepy slideshow of fond memories and, in between, capture a string of typical moments, from fumbling with "Maps"-"North, south, east, west, / No matter how you hold it, / A map can put you to the test / When you try to fold it."-to games of "I Spy," from contemplating a bug-splattered windshield ("Grasshoppers have greenish guts, / Beetles are more brownish. . . . ") to stops at a motel, a roadside attraction and, at last, Grandma's, where a festive family picnic awaits. Like Natasha Wing's Night Before Summer Vacation (2002), illus by Julie Durrell, or Anne Rockwell's primer, On Our Vacation (1989), this makes ideal reading before, during or after a long drive." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Road Trip is an adorable children's book which celebrates the beauty of the family experience." -- Dr. Laura Schlessinger
"Road Trip reminds families that it's still possible to drive through the world instead of past it."
-- Tom Kenny, Voice of SpongeBob SquarePants
"Chock full o' fun! Road Trip is a must-have for families about to embark upon that great American adventure." -- Julie McNally Cahill, Co-Creator of My Gym Partner's a Monkey
"This is a lively, funny, and heart warming tale that young and old can relate to."Hardcover available on Amazon.
-- Bella Shaw, Former CNN Anchor & Entertainment Writer
Nonsense! He Yelled
By Roger Eschbacher
Illustrated by Adrian Johnson
Come celebrate whatever it is that makes you special, along with twenty-six kids who know they're different-and wouldn't have it any other way! Meet Pete with his giant feet; Ty the "Human Fly"; Quinn, who likes to spin; and Ed, who can change from purple to blue . . . to red! There's a place inside for you too. Just ask yourself: What makes you you?
Roger Eschbacher and Adrian Johnson team up for this funky, affectionately loopy look at being unique-as we all are!
Praise for Nonsense! He Yelled:
"It is an ABC book, it is a collection of rhymes--it is a celebration of what makes us all unique. Despite the title, there is really no nonsense at all--just a rollicking good time. The letters of the alphabet set the framework for a series of rhymes about a variety of playfully silly characters, each with his own special qualities. The illustrations dance boldly across the pages, adding to the fun. This would be a wonderful book to read aloud to young children, individually or in a group. There are surprises on every page! Readers are encouraged to try making rhymes with their own names, making this a good introduction to rhyme-writing for little ones. The last page has a line to enter a child's name so children will feel it is their story, too." -- Joanne Draper, Children's Literature
"A unique idea, illustrated in bold colors. The very last page is for the new owner of this clever book." -- Rainbo Electronic Reviews
"If you like the sound of children's laughter, this book is the one!" -- Planetesme.com
Librarian's Choice 2002 -- Books For Children -- Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton CountyHardcover available on Amazon.
PICTURE BOOKS OF THE MONTH (featured selection, April '02) -- McNally Robinson Booksellers