Jeff Miracola: Artist of the Year: GenCon 2011 annual convention.
"Jeff's work has fascinated me since we first met while working on games likeDungeons & Dragons. His art and imagination were cutting-edge then, and what he brings to the children's book world is cutting-edge now."--Tony DiTerlizzi, co-creator ofThe Spiderwick Chronicles
Welcome to Monster Isle is a children's book I would have loved to read to my own kids...The kids will love these monsters, and adults reading this book to those kids will appreciate the homages, the lively plot, and the fun art...It'd be a terrific gift for any creature-loving kids in your life."--Tony Isabella,Comics Buyer's Guide
A family's vacation goes awry when a perfect storm tosses their skipper's tiny boat off course. Now seven castaways are stranded on an uncharted desert island! Finnegan, his sister, parents, and dog Howl go into the wild and encounter a menagerie of monsters. Can these survivors befriend beasts straight from their wildest imaginations?
Fans ofMonsterology,Dragonology,Bakugan, andPokemon will take a trip they'll never forget, since being lost was never so fantastic!
"It's a charming introduction to crytozoology for very young children, with the polysyllabic words they seem to enjoy, and gorgeously illustrated. And it has positive messages aplenty: man and manimal can live in harmony; you create your own fears; and working cooperatively is rewarding. If, as an adult, you have to read the same story every single night till your sanity gives way, this will be more pleasant than 99% of the competition."--Fortean Times
"It's never too soon to introduce children to cryptozoology, and that's why new kids' bookMonster Isle is the perfect teaching tool...[Miracola's] big, stylized monsters are the perfect combination of fanged and funny." - io9.com
"Here is a book that is geared towards kids, but embraces the adventurer in all of us. If you are as huge a fan of the SciFi Channel's DESTINATION TRUTH as I am, you'll definitely want to check out this book of monsters creatively illustrated by Jeff Miracola...one that will most likely please those youngsters who are just forming an interest in comics. Perfect bed time story reading material." - Ain't It Cool News
"Meomi's character design is terrific. But their books, especially their first book, are more than that...I love it, and more importantly, my son loves it and asks for it at bedtime.” - Super Punch
"The Octonauts: And the Only Lonely Monster has become a new favorite here. The story follows the path of the adorable, underwater Octonauts who come under attack from a sad, lonely monster and later help the creature find others like it under the sea. A smarter person would say there's a perfect allegory buried beneath the pages -- something about how bullies have fears like everyone else and how wonderful it is to be unique. But I always find myself just getting lost in the illustrations by team Meomi....It's great to find a book that appeals to both kids and adults -- even if the appeal is for different reasons....In other words, these are the best. children's book. animals. ever. I can't get enough of them...I can read this book for hours -- and have.” - SFGate.com
This is the original book series that launched the animated TV show, which is now popular worldwide and broadcast on the Disney Channel in the USA. Discover the creative and fun stories where it all began!
The Octonauts are a crew of adorable animals who roam the ocean in search of adventure, treasure, and fun! From their undersea base called "the Octopod,” the Octonauts explore a colorful world full of thrills, chills, and gills! These eight talented critters, including a brainy octopus, brave polar bear, daredevil kitten, and scientific sea otter, are always ready to embark on a new, exciting voyage.
In this debut episode, the Octonauts encounter a giant sea monster. Is he the only one left of his kind in the ocean? The Octonauts’ mission is to find out! Along the way everyone learns the special value of friendship and individuality. The Octonauts charm children and adults who appreciate sophisticated design and subversive humor, and guarantee readers will stay tuned for their next adventure!
"Now I can see why the TV show is so popular. The illustrations are absolutely delightful...Readers who like picture book adventures that are full of quirky characters and colorful artwork will greatly enjoy this entertaining picture book. With its hope-filled message about the power of friendship, this is a title that has universal appeal. ” - Through the Looking Glass
"Best Buy - The Octonauts has gained an international cult following for its beautifully rendered and vibrant illustrations (and refreshingly sassy characters)." - Vancouver Magazine
High in the crumbling Palace of Statues, oily Vox Verlix—the Most High Academe in name, but really no more than a lowly prisoner—is brewing a terrible plot to take over power in Edgeworld once again. Rook stumbles upon the truth when he is taken captive and forced to work for Vox. Can Rook foil Vox's plan and save the lives of his librarian colleagues?
Acting on a dare, the friends decide to find out the basis for a story that has circulated throughout the town for generations: that there is a monster living at the top of McMurphy’s Mountain. Though the boys are not sure they believe in the legend, they are still a bit scared.
Soon, the boys come upon an old shack, so they make camp for the night, taking shifts sleeping just in case the monster is lurking about. What they find in the shack is very unexpected and changes a camping trip into a strange adventure.
Now, the boys wonder whether they should have ventured up the mountain. But they press forward with their journey, finding more secrets and the truth about the mountain they feared.
But even with the help of his adventure-loving, mystery-solving partner, Jeannine Fitsimmons, can Will uncover the true terror behind a seemingly harmless golden ring in time to save himself and his friends from its terrible power?