“Funny and engaging. Marty Pants is a surefire hit!”—Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series
"Readers will love the riotous hero of this new series."—School Library Journal
Move over, Wimpy Kid. Here comes the imaginative, the inquisitive, the unstoppable Marty Pants!
Marty Pants is different from your typical middle schooler. He has the soul of an artist, and as an artist, he notices things–except when he doesn’t.
When Marty discovers a note suggesting an alien is watching him, this is something he can’t ignore. But no one, not his friends, his family, his arch-enemy, nor the chief of police, can see what he sees. So, it’s up to Marty to save the world—his way!
This hilarious new series follows the endearing, frazzled, embarrassed, and ultimately fearless footsteps of literature’s most unlikely hero: Marty Pants.
Parisi, creator of the long-running comic strip "Off the Mark," makes his fiction debut with a heavily illustrated series opener about a bumbling young artist whose overactive imagination, penchant for leaping to conclusions, and self-delusion drive the book's comedy. After Marty finds a tattered note that reads "An alien is observing you," he suspects that it refers to his short-tempered teacher, Mr. McPhee. Sneaking onto the teacher's computer, Marty spots the word "annihilate" (on a vocabulary list, it turns out) and vows to expose the extraterrestrial and save the Earth. Parisi's b&w cartoons are meant to be Marty's work, and both text and art deliver zingers, pratfalls, and running gags that will keep kids laughing: whenever Marty is supposed to be riding his bicycle, he's shown on a pogo stick ("I'm no good at drawing bikes"), and because his sister "changes the spelling almost as often as she changes her mood," Marty never bothers spelling it the same way (Erika, Ericcah, Erikcka, etc.). Though readers may find the ending unsurprising, they'll be eager to see more of Marty's high jinks. Ages 8 12. \n