From the author of the Pearls Before Swine comic strip and New York Times bestselling Timmy Failure series comes a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming, full-color graphic novel series about a quirky town—just right for young readers starting to read longer books!
Wendy the Wanderer has lived in Trubble Town her whole life but never had the chance to go exploring. For this reason, she thinks she was definitely misnamed. Her dad likes to know where she is to make sure she’s safe, so she’s never been anywhere on her own. Then, her dad leaves on a trip and the babysitter doesn’t reinforce all the usual rules. Or any of the usual rules! Suddenly, Wendy is free to do what she wants, and what she wants is to live up to her name…and find Trubble.
Turns out, there’s lots going on in Trubble Town. As she encounters endearingly goofy animals and hilariously hapless townsfolk, Wendy’s very first adventure takes more twists and turns than she could have ever expected. She learns some really valuable life lessons and even teaches a few of her own.
There's trouble in Trubble Town when a child experiences the butterfly effect firsthand in this loony graphic novel series starter by Pastis (the Timmy Failure series). It all starts in chapter zero the first of many offbeat chapter conventions when tan-skinned, purple-haired Wendy the Wanderer, left with a neglectful babysitter, heads out to fulfill her name's calling. She begins with a trip into her own Trubble Town, but things immediately go haywire when Wendy shares a chocolate and marshmallow concoction called "mooshy" with a Christmas sweater knitting rodent, whose sugar-fueled reaction results in a mayoral decree: "No more mooshies for Squirrely McSquirrel." Mayhem ensues, and a series of cascading catastrophes leave Wendy scrambling to make things right before her father comes home. Along the way, Wendy's efforts bring her into contact with countless quirky individuals, including a squirrel-hating sheriff, a Nutman who lives in a doughnut-shaped house, and a group of activist moles. Pastis's hand-lettered, rough-hewn digital illustrations feature flat bright colors and simple character design. Deadpan humor abounds alongside a cartoonlike approach to violence and destruction (buildings explode, angry mobs stampede and loot), but it's really the utterly unpredictable, absurdist plotting that propels this screwball adventure forward. Ages 8 12.