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April 6, 2015 - 3:01pm

Steamboat Today recently listed Hotdogger of the Zelnick series as one of their five children’s titles to read this year.

Ronald Krall of Steamboat Today writes, “The humdrum life of Aldo Zelnick turns not so humdrum when Aldo agrees to downhill ski in Steamboat.” Hotdogger is the eighth title in our well-renowned series featuring the mischievous protagonist, Aldo. You can find two more of Aldo adventures published since, Ignoramus and Jackpot.

Be sure to check out the article on Steamboat Today’s website here.


April 6, 2015 - 2:42pm

BigLittleBooks recently published a list of their favorite books for Junior Fiction readers for both boys and girls. You will be able to find Aldo as their fourth favorite comic novel series, right up there with Wimpy Kid and the Treehorn titles.

You can find the list on their website here. Keep on reading, Zelnickers!


April 2, 2015 - 1:02pm

DonorsChoose is a fantastic website that “makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.” The website helps connect teachers and students in need of materials with people ready to help them. Back in the fall of 2014, Mrs. Phillips of Slavens K through 8 school in Denver set up a page asking for help purchasing two sets of the Aldo books for her 4th grade class. And it was a success! Mrs. Phillips cites the humor of the series as an important quality, saying, “For me, there is nothing more rewarding than hearing students laugh out loud as they read—a sure sign of COMPREHENSION!! The kind of joyful reading is contagious, and soon every kid in the class wants to find out for themselves what is SO funny.”

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Bailiwick Press only just found out about this project, but we are all very excited that people came together to give the gift of Aldo to the class. In her thank you post, Mrs. Phillips reports that “The books have been a smashing success in the classroom!” and that the vocabulary words and the Colorado setting have made the books all the more engaging and exciting for the students.

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Bailiwick Press wants to thank everyone who supported this endeavor—donors and readers alike!

April 2, 2015 - 12:40pm

This year’s April edition of Colorado Country Life magazine features a great story on the Aldo Zelnick series. The piece is written by the lovely and talented Christine Goold and the magazine’s cover boasts a captivating cover of Aldo and his two closest friends. This story covers everything from the history, hard work, and humor that go into every Aldo Zelnick book.

Check out an excerpt or link to the full story below.

Country lifeFort Collins children’s author and book publisher Karla Oceanak had a dream: Create a series of quality books that elementary-age kids (especially boys) would read and covet as much as the comic books and humorous novels that her three young sons adored, yet would also enrich their lives and minds.

Thus were born the award-winning Aldo Zelnick comic novels…

“Our purpose is simple: to produce books kids love to read,” sums up Oceanak on the webpage of Bailiwick Press, the publishing company she and Spanjer, along with graphic designer Launie Parry, started in 2009. “Bailiwick’s books for kids teach, inspire and delight. As we develop our children’s books, we work with teachers and other educators to make sure they will be equally at home in the classroom as they are on kids’ nightstands.”
Or as Spanjer and Oceanak quipped in a recent interview, “Our books are vitamin-fortified ‘Wimpy Kid.’”
Read the full article here.

October 14, 2014 - 1:13pm

Artsy-Fartsy was the sixth most checked-out book in the Thompson R2-J School District in Colorado in September! When you beat Divergent and Bad Kitty, you know you’re doing something right.

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