Meet Aldo and Friends

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Aldo Zelnick is a curmudgeonly yet endearing 10-year-old who happens to be good at cartooning. He fills up blank sketchbooks his grandma Goosy gives him with hilarious drawings and whacky stories from his everyday life. Aldo and his family live in Colorado, where the sun is shining most of the time and the Rocky Mountains are just a few minutes away, beckoning folks to spend time outside, but Aldo would rather play video games.

If you're looking for a smarter, less snarky, elementary-age appropriate (and, many say, funnier!) alternative or addition to Wimpy Kid, Aldo's your man. This hilarious alphabetical series of illustrated chapter books starts with the award-winning Artsy-Fartsy and continues in Bogus, Cahoots, Dumbstruck, Egghead, Finicky, Glitch, Hotdogger, Ignoramus and Jackpot. Be on the lookout for Kerfuffle, coming in May 2015.

"I’ve been waiting for a series to come along that could knock Wimpy Kid off its pedestal as the most popular series in my library. Well, this may be it: the Aldo Zelnick Comic Novels. This is an action-packed alphabet series with laugh-out-loud, smart, fast-moving stories. The slapstick comic illustrations provide spot-on kid humor. ” — Donna Dannenmiller, Teacher-Librarian, Lincoln Elementary, Olympia, Washington

Gallery of Characters

Scattered pine needles


Aldo’s dad’s mom. Her real name is Lucy, but everyone calls her Goosy. She’s an artist, eccentric, and bohemian. Besides painting and sculpting, Goosy also enjoys breakdancing, motorcycling, and sign-languaging. She'll try anything if it's fun and not very grandmotherly.

Mr. Mot

Milton Melville Mot is a neighbor and friend of the Zelnick family. A retired English teacher and word nerd, he encourages Aldo to explore his inner word nerd in his sketchbooks. Even though he is an old geezer, Mr. Mot is one cool dude.

B. L. T.

Forget superfoods. Meet Aldo's own cast of super-HERO-foods—Bacon Boy, Lettuce Lady and Tormado—that appears in comic panel interludes in every book starting with Bogus.

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