Mitchell falls hard for the "Legend of the Red Scorpion" told by a gemologist during his school's museum visit. He dreams of the red scorpion and is terrified that it will come for him. This graphic novel sweeps along, propelled by drawings that will certainly appeal to the early elementary school reader. The basic concept—legends and whether or not they are real—might be a bit sophisticated for the early reader. Intended for classroom use, the book includes a glossary, notes about the author and illustrator, facts about scorpions, and a page guiding the reader to a safe web site for further information. Unfortunately, the story is a bit thin—Mitchell's attempts to capture the scorpion do not hold the imagination, and the ending is a bit pat. As a result, the "extras" seem tacked on as a bid to create depth. This book will appeal most to the reticent reader and the adult trying to encourage him. It may not grab the more engaged reader.
Born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, Scott Nickel works by day at Paws, inc., Jim Davis's famous Garfield studio, and he freelances by night. Burning the midnight oil, Scott has created hundreds of humorous greeting cards and written several children's books, short fiction for "Boys' Life" magazine, comic strips, and lots of really funny knock-knock jokes. He was raised in southern California, but in 1995 Scott moved to Indiana, where he currently lives with his wife, two sons, six cats, and several sea monkeys.
Steve Harpster has loved to draw funny cartoons, mean monsters, and goofy gadgets since he was able to pick up a pencil. In first grade, he avoided writing assignments by working on the pictures for stories instead. Steve was able to land a job drawing funny pictures for books, and that's really what he's best at. Steve lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wonderful wife, Karen, and their sheepdog, Doodle.