The Weekly 411 (9/22/23)
|© Olga Herrera|
Sept. 22, 2023 vol. 38
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About the Book: First-day-of-school jitters take on a whole new meaning at Howlergarten, where future werewolves prepare for their big transformation!
Most kids go to kindergarten, but there is a special place for those who turn into werewolves. Instead of attending school during the day, these supernatural students go to howlergarten at night! There they practice tracking scents, listening to whispers on the wind, and more. But when one student named Sophie doesn’t seem to possess the basic skills, she worries she won’t become a werewolf at all. What will happen if she remains human when the full moon appears? Will she still be accepted as part of the pack, or will she be cast aside as an ordinary outsider?
About the Author-Illustrator: Benson Shum is an award winning children's book author and illustrator. He uses watercolor, ink and digital tools to create his illustrations. His books, Anzu the Great Listener and Anzu the Great Kaiju were selected as Kid's Indie Next List Recommended by American Booksellers Association. Alex's Good Fortune was selected to be part of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. And both Little Seed and Anzu the Great Kaiju was a Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Book for Kids.
Aside from writing and illustrating, Benson is also an Animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he was a part of such films as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana, Frozen 2, Encanto and Wish. Originally from Vancouver, BC, Benson now lives in sunny southern California.
- What: pitch your graphic novel projects for middle grade or younger
- Who: un-agented and agented authors and illustrators
- Award: interest/ invitation to submit from agents & editors
- What: design a banner for Kidlit411
- Who: anyone over age 13
- Prizes: cash ($175/ $125/ $75 for first, 2nd, 3rd places) plus 9 honorable mentions; an Illustrator Spotlight; use of banner on website, in Facebook group, and in newsletter