An Evening with Graphic Novelist Jonathan Todd

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 2, 2024 - 6:00pm

Book Launch for Jonathan Todd's New Graphic Novel
Timid

Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:00 PM
No tickets required
 * Also, free pizza! *
(while supplies last)

An amazing, funny, moving middle-grade graphic novel about frenemies, fitting in, and finding your own way.

Cecil Hall and his family have just moved from Florida to Massachusetts, near Boston. Cecil is anxious about making friends because he doesn't know where he'll fit in. His older sister, Leah, thinks he should befriend the other black kids at his new school, but Cecil isn't sure how he’d go about doing that. He wants to be known for his comics-making talent, anyway. But the few kids who are impressed by Cecil's art aren’t always nice to him. When one of his drawings is misused and gets him into serious trouble, can Cecil stand up for himself and figure out who his real friends are?

ABOUT JONATHAN TODD

Jonathan Todd is a cofounder of the Boston Kids Comics Fest and former second-grade teacher. He was a Jacqueline Woodson Fellow in the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing program at Lasell University, where he studied writing for children and young adults. A frequent comics teacher in children’s and young adult departments in libraries and schools, Jonathan was the 2015 Graphic Novelist-in-Residence at the Morse Institute and Bacon Free libraries near Boston. Before writing and drawing graphic novels for kids, Jonathan studied journalism and illustration at Syracuse University and English and history at Emory University. He was also an education reporter and political cartoonist. His cartoons have appeared in dozens of newspapers, including the Boston Globe, the Tennessean, and the Cincinnati Enquirer. He lives near Boston with his wife, two children, and an irresistible lemon beagle named Cariño.

STAFF REVIEWS

Cecil for the win! A timid, lonely but loveable kid at a new school trying to figure out who he can trust and who will accept him for who he is, Cecil ends up being the hero of his own story. The way he sifts through all the advice of friends and family and then finds his own way to stand up for himself is heartwarming and inspiring. A sure hit for middle-grade graphic novel readers!
Reviewed by: Chris

A heartwarming and funny story about a shy Black boy whose family moves from Florida to Massachusetts. Kids who are new to schools will especially relate to this, as well as trying to find your people. Cecil also learns how to stand up for himself and a new crush! But most of all, he brings he love of drawing to help navigate relationships.
Reviewed by: Audrey H.

 
Event address: 
79 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478
Ticketed Event: 
No
Books: 
Timid: A Graphic Novel By Jonathan Todd, Jonathan Todd (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jonathan Todd, Jonathan Todd (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338305708
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - April 2nd, 2024

A semiautobiographical middle-grade graphic novel about frenemies, fitting in, and finding your voice.

Cecil Hall and his family have just moved from Florida to Massachusetts, near Boston. Cecil is anxious about making friends because he doesn't know where he'll fit in.


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Age Group(s): 
Middle Grade (8 - 12)