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First Second Books has just added a winter list to its traditional spring and summer releases. It’s just two books, but it’s nice to see a quality graphic novel publisher expanding its offerings rather than going into retreat. Here’s the 411, straight from First Second marketing coordinator Gina Gagliano:
Most Adorable Book of the Season: Zita the Spacegirl, by Ben Hatke.
Here’s what happens in Zita the Spacegirl: Zita accidentally gets transported into space, and she has to figure out how to get home and also make friends with many alien robots and a giant mouse along the way. Also includes: bonus space-chickens!
Book Most Likely to Make You Grateful that You Are Inside by a Fire and Not Trekking across the Country Having No Idea Where You’re Going: Lewis & Clark, by Nick Bertozzi
Here’s what happens in Lewis & Clark: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark explore the American West, in a non-fictional sort of way! Also includes: lots of expansive landscapes that make you realize just how intimidatingly big the American West was before we all started flying across it in six hours.
There’s more at the links, but that’s the gist of it. Look for both in February, but you can read previews at the links. And while I’m saying nice things about First Second, it’s nice to see a publisher get the website thing right, with a clean, useful catalog page for each book that’s up well in advance of publication.