Archives for February 4, 2020

Book of the Day! WHEN PENCIL MET ERASER is a fun story for young children!

Story by Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos, Jr., illustrated by German Blanco.

Looking for a fun story that young children ages 3-6 will love? This is one that you must buy! WHEN PENCIL MET ERASER follows its titular heroes as they competitively draw and erase, with the book itself becoming a canvas for their different takes on creativity. Ultimately, the two discover that their artwork is best when they work together.
I really enjoyed this story and love the illustrations! It’s a really engaging story!

Find out where to buy this book here.

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book. The cover image was also provided.

Brody, Feb. 6th Pet of the Week!

Brody is a 10-year-old steel-gray cane corso. As the catchphrase goes, he’s a gentle giant around his human friends at the shelter. However, like any Chewbacca, he has a strong leash tug and needs to go to a home where a competent handler lives and he can be the only four-legs in the house! Want a couch buddy who’ll fully inhabit his side of the sofa? Then meet Brody at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A636764. We think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

DC Presents Reading with “Zoo-Per Heroes” at the L.A. Zoo on Feb, 8th

Activities to Include DC Super Hero Presentations, Animal Spotlights, Author/Artist Signings and Book Sales, Drawing Lessons, Photo Ops with Batman, Free Giveaways and More!
DC to Name Green and Black Poison Dart Frog after Middle Grade Graphic Novel
 The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid by Kirk Scroggs
DC Author/Artist Appearances Include Agnes Garbowska, Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Michael Northrop, Ridley Pearson, Kirk Scroggs, and Victoria Ying

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s DC Super Heroes taking over the L.A. Zoo!

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, DC and the Los Angeles Zoo are encouraging families to turn off the TV, leave the house, and spend the day together enjoying superheroes, graphic novels, and up-close animal demonstrations at “DC Presents: Reading with Zoo-per Heroes at the L.A. Zoo.” The all-day event will feature interactive presentations with live animals, signings, author/artist meet and greets, as well as free giveaways, photo ops with a costumed Batman, and much more.

The festivities will take place within the L.A. Zoo at Treetops Terrace next to the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel. Activities are free to attend with the purchase of Zoo admission and free for Zoo members. The full day of programming from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will kick off with an honorary naming ceremony of one of the Zoo’s green and black poison dart frogs. The frog will be named “Russell,” after the main character in Kirk Scroggs’s critically acclaimed The Secret Spiral of Swamp KidThe graphic novel follows middle schooler Russell Weinwright as he navigates the highs and lows of middle school as a half-swamp creature/half-human and befriends a tree frog that makes its home in his arm.

Following the 10:30 a.m. naming ceremony, Zoo attendees can participate in various all-day activities and enjoy fun presentations at the top of every hour. Programming highlights include:

  • Interactive Author/Artist Talks and Drawing Demonstrations:
  • Surprise Animal Appearances: Several author/artist talks will feature surprise animal guest stars.
  • Book Sales and Author/Artist Signings: Throughout the day, participating authors and artists will be on hand to meet fans and sign copies of books available to purchase at the event space. Additional graphic novels beyond those presented at the event will also be available for purchase.
  • Photo Ops with Batman: A Batman costumed character will make appearances to greet fans, take photos, and sign autographs.
  • Free Giveaways: Signed books, superhero capes, bookmarks, posters, and Wonder Woman’s tiara and bracelets are among the many free giveaways that will be handed out throughout the day, while supplies last.

For L.A. Zoo tickets and to learn more about “DC Presents: Reading with Zoo-per Heroes at the L.A. Zoo” visit Fans can also RSVP and follow the event on Facebook here and tag @lazoo on all social platforms.

For more news and updates on DC’s middle grade graphic novels and the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, visit, the DC YouTube channel, or follow @DCComicsKids on Twitter/Facebook and @DCKids on Instagram.

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.