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Billy Johnson and His Duck Are Explorers
Billy Johnson and His Duck Are Explorers
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Billy Johnson and His Duck Are Explorers

by Mathew New
Illustrated by Mathew New

An all-ages, adventure-comedy graphic novel, Billy Johnson and His Duck Are Explorers has it all: humor, peril, and out-of-this-world archaeological adventures (oh, and ducks!). Billy Johnson, the son of two world-famous explorers (who mysteriously disappeared eight years ago) has big dreams. The teenager may be a part-time janitor now, but exploring is in his blood. He just needs one big discovery to prove to the Explorers League that he's worthy of the rank of Ace Explorer. Luckily, Billy has an ally in his best friend, Barrace. Not only is Barrace a college professor of linguistics, but he's also a duck! Together, these boon companions brave hidden jungle kingdoms, haunted tombs, deadly deserts, and treacherous mythological trials to uncover the mysteries of the world. But will they discover that the biggest mystery of all may be following them every step of the way?

GenreGraphic Novel
Reading LevelGrades 3-5
Interest LevelGrades 3-5
Lexile LevelGN250L
ATOS Level2.7
AR Points1
AR Quiz #509744
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Page Dimensions6" x 9"
Page Count144
BindingReinforced Library Binding
School/Library Price

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A Fuse 8 Production, 31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Comics & Graphic Novels for Kids - Elizabeth Bird

"This fast-paced, high-action, thoroughly enjoyable romp has everything from elegant thieves and possible aliens to lost cities and mummy butlers. I spy with my little eye an artist that loves his Tintin. . . . You’ll have no trouble following the action, and though we’ve seen similar types of stories for kids, this is the first comic to do it well. What’s not to love?" - A Fuse 8 Production, 31 Days, 31 Lists: 2020 Comics & Graphic Novels for Kids

December 19, 2020

How To Love Comics - Trevor Van As

"...An incredibly fun read. Packed with a strong sense of adventure, character depth, and bright art, kids and adults will equally love this graphic novel. If you pick up this book then you’ll have certainly found a treasure worth holding onto." - How To Love Comics

July 30, 2020

Kirkus Reviews

"First-time author and illustrator New’s full-color, blazingly paced tale is self-contained so readers may pick up and enjoy the abundant madcap silliness out of sequence. Despite the bite-sized vignettes, there is an overarching and unresolved narrative thread, leaving just enough intrigue to fuel subsequent exploits. . . .A quirky graphic debut." - Kirkus Reviews

May 15, 2020


Booklist - Sarah Hunter

"New brings a great sense of comedic timing to Billy’s episodic adventures, which are full of one-liners and over-the-top situations, all rendered in densely illustrated panels full of bright colors, bold outlines, and cartoonish figures. . . . While there’s no hint of resolution to those overarching plot threads, Billy’s madcap exploring, touched with grounding moments of tenderness, is entertaining enough on its own." - Booklist

July 1, 2020

ForeWord Reviews - Catherine Thureson

""Each story is irreverent, funny, and unpredictable. The stories are tied together by Billy’s quest to join the Explorer’s League, an elite group of which his parents, now missing, were important members. His desire to follow in their footsteps, and Barrace’s support of this plan, results in emotional depth and fosters a sense of innocence that’s suitable for all ages. . . . Billy Johnson and His Duck Are Explorers is a humorous graphic novel full of action and adventure. "" - ForeWord Reviews

July 1, 2020

Kazu Kibuishi - Writer and artist of the New York Times Bestselling AMULET graphic novel series

"Billy Johnson and his Duck are Explorers is a comic I read with my son. We love the feeling of traveling and adventure, and the stories remind us of The Adventures of Tintin. Highly recommended!" - Kazu Kibuishi

February 17, 2020