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

Max

The Zelnicks' dog. The cutest mutt in town. Can you guess his breed mix?

Bogus

Aldo's pet betta fish who always seems to be thinking wise thoughts.

Slate

Jack's weiner dog was blessed with more flatulence than most pets.

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