Chris Schweizer was born in 1980 and grew up in Louisiana and Kentucky. He received a BFA in Graphic Design from Murray State University, where he also studied English, and his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. He is the cartoonist of the Crogan Adventure Series, an award-winning historical fiction graphic novel series that has made the American Library Association's Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, the Maverick list, and Book Reporter's Core Ten Teen Collection Graphic Novels list, as well as earning Eisner and CYBILS award nominations. Tricky Journeys is his first series for young readers. He teaches comics at SCAD-Atlanta, and lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife and daughter. Courtney Huddleston was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and moved to Houston when be was four. It's where he still lives today. Courtney took a few art classes in high school and a couple of college life drawing classes when after he graduated. He has been drawing professionally since he was 19 years old. Courtney started off professionally airbrushing windows and T-shirts, and from there he worked his way into comic books and children's books. He was hired as a storyboard artist for Disney animation at the same time that he was offered his first comic book job. He chose to take the comic book job.
#05 Tricky Spider Talesby Chris Schweizer
Spider wants to be a police captain! Can he capture the evil Blacksnake and show the town he's a hero? Maybe he can stop Lion from stealing the other animals' food-but if he's not careful, he might wind up in Lion's belly! In these West African Spider tales, YOU decide what happens next! Six journeys to follow! Which will YOU take?
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There are many "Tricky Journeys" that you can take in this book, and every one of them can be different depending on which path you take. Spider was out for a walk heading toward the village to get some breakfast. It was very unusual to see the streets empty. No Elephant, no Gazelle, no Hippo, no Antelope ... why not even Lion was there to bully anyone out of their food. All of a sudden Gazelle stuck his nose out from behind the cloth curtain of his hut and asked why Spider was roaming the streets. Everyone knew that it was a dangerous thing to do! Gazelle told Spider that "Police Captain Bongo moved away" and "went back to his home" so there was no one to protect them. Lion and Blacksnake were lurking around the village and it was dangerous for a kid like Spider to be out by himself. Spider was not at all worried and claimed that he "could be the village police captain." If he wasn't careful he just could wind up being a snack for either one of those dangerous critters if he didn't make the right decisions. Would he try to police the village and protect them from Lion or would he choose to go after Blacksnake? There isn't only one ending to the basic story, but rather several depending on which way the reader chooses to go. Spider could rid the town of Blacksnake, he could become a tasty tidbit for Blacksnake, or put some criminal critters in jail. Spider comes from West Africa where everyone has some stories to tell about him. Choose-your-own-ending tales are very popular with young readers who enjoy the varied endings. The panels in this graphic novel are colorful, vibrant, and mesh well with the stories. In the back of the book is a brief historical vignette about the origin of spider tales. Quill says: This is a fun tricky twister tale of Spider who thinks if he becomes a police captain he can help his town.