Scholastic announced on Thursday morning that Dav Pilkey (Dog Man, Captain Underpants) is preparing to launch his next kids’ graphic novel series, Cat Kid Comic Club.

With this new series, Pilkey is entering his 34th year of top notch publishing and is paying it forward with a story explicitly designed to teach readers how they can make their own comics, through a story following beloved character, Li’l Petey (who’s based on Pilkey’s mom!) in an effort to show a bunch of frogs how to make comics.

In a statement about the book, Pilkey says he hopes kids will be “inspired to write their own stories , appreciate different ways of thinking and approaching art, and feel empowered to be creative.”

So wholesome! Check out the PR for more info, along with the cover image below and get your preorders ready! Cat Kid Comic Club hits shelves on December 1, 2020.

Pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling with elements of comics, photography, painting, claymation, and film animation to tell one cohesive story, Cat Kid Comic Club is the first book in a new graphic novel series featuring Pilkey’s fan favorite character Li’l Petey who, along with friends Flippy the Fish and Molly, try to teach twenty-one baby frogs how to create their own comics. As the story unwinds with mishaps and hilarity, kids and families reading together will unleash their own creativity, learn different art forms and approach to storytelling, and see the progress, mistakes, and improvements that come with practice and persistence. The engaging style of Pilkey’s graphic novels devoured by readers around the world is intended to encourage uninhibited creativity in kids and artists of all ages. His semi-autobiographical stories explore universal themes that celebrate friendship, empathy, and the triumph of the good-hearted.

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