Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid, by Kirk Scroggs. I’m super excited to read the book, because:
- Swamp Kid’s hometown, Houma, Louisiana, (see facts below for pronunciation) is one of my favorite places to visit.
- I love graphic novels, and this one looks like a lot of fun to read.
- Like Swamp Kid’s friend, I’m a Cajun, and I think it’s great to see Cajuns appear in stories for young readers, because maybe it will get them interested in learning more about the culture of Southern Louisiana.
In the coming weeks I’ll be reading the book and posting my own review. In the meantime, here’s what the publisher has to say about it, as well as some things to know about Swamp Kid.
“In THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID, Russell Weinwright (Swamp Kid) details, in both humorous text and green-tinted illustrations (complete with ketchup stains!), what it’s like to be different, to be comfortable in his own skin (no matter how slimy), to discover his true talents, to avoid the intense stare of his suspicious science teacher, and to find humor in the everyday weird. Written and illustrated by Kirk Scroggs, THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID is available everywhere books are sold.”
5 FAST FACTS About Swamp Kid
1. Swamp Kid gets nervous around gardeners, florists, and grazing animals.
2. Houma Louisiana, Swamp Kid’s home town, is actually pronounced Home-ah, not Hoom-ah.
3. Swamp Kid occasionally eats vegetables which, technically, makes him a cannibal.
4. Swamp Kid’s left index finger is a carrot. It makes for a handy pointer and it can distract aggressive rabbits.
5. Swamp Kid’s right arm is its own ecosystem complete with a tree frog. There’s an old Cajun saying, “If you’ve got a frog in your arm you’re never alone.”