"Maddy Kettle... looks fantastic: every panel exudes quirky, gorgeous atmosphere. ” -- Glen Weldon, NPR
"Quirky, beautifully illustrated, and frankly looks like it's going to be an instant classic. Don't miss it." -- Rob Bricken, io9
"A stream of imaginative twists and aerial wonders, flowing along easily in a mix of lucidly drawn action and pithy dialogue." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Maddy Kettle is something entirely unique amongst the current crop of children’s comics... [Orchard's] sense of imagination makes each page a joy to examine and should keep all readers engrossed." -- Comics Bulletin
Eleven-year-old Maddy loved working in her parents' bookstore... especially when joined by her pet flying toad Ralph. But that was before the mysterious Thimblewitch turned her mom & dad into kangaroo rats!
Now Maddy's on the adventure of a lifetime. To save her parents, she'll need to sneak past an army of spider-goblins, scarecrow warriors, and much more... Fortunately, an assortment of new friends await, including the cloud cartographers Harry and Silvio, a bear and raccoon who explore the world in their moon-balloon. They'll help her along the way, but in the end, the fate of everyone will depend on Maddy's courage, compassion, and creativity.
Full of surprises and stunning artwork, Maddy Kettle is a truly magical debut for Spectrum-Award-winning cartoonist Eric Orchard. Climb aboard and let your imagination soar!
--a 96-page full-color softcover with French flaps, 7 3/16" x 9"
IN PRINT! (PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2014)