James Patterson is a mega-author franchise, writer of such series as Alex Cross, Maximum Ride and Witch and Wizard — the latter two series gave also been adapted into graphic novels.
Laura Park is an indie cartoonist from Chicago whose gorgeous work has made her a cartoonist’s cartoonist in the indie world.
So hearing they’ve teamed up on a book about middle school sounds unlikely. But it’s true.
Or sort of teamed up — Patterson is known for hiring co-writers who do much of the legwork on his books. At any rate, Middle School The Worst Years Of My Life is a Wimpy-kid esque heavily illustrated novel recounting the trials and humiliations of middle school. The authors are Patterson and Chris Tebbetts; the art is by Park, who spent the last year working on the book. The first 20 chapters of the book are online and can be read now.