James Kochalka announces that his new children’s book, Squirrelly Gray, has just been published by Random House. According to the artist, the book “alternates a page of verse with a page of comics, and tells the story of how color was introduced to the world.” Kochalka, a frequent contributor to Nickelodeon Magazine‘s comics section, further discusses the book and his previously published children’s comics in an interview with Newsarama:
I’m not sure if many copies of my previous books for kids (Pinky & Stinky, Peanutbutter & Jeremy’s Best Book Ever) actually ever made it into the hands of actual children. They probably mostly sold to my adult fans. I hope that now, with the backing of a huge children’s book publisher, we might be able to get this book into the hands of more actual children.
Kochalka notes that he recently finished another children’s comic, Johnny Boo, to be published by Top Shelf next year, and is currently working on another unattached children’s project.