Blue, Barry & Pancakes: Escape from Balloonia (Hardcover)
Blue, Barry, and Pancakes are best friends! They love building models, reading about shovels, and going on INTERGALACTIC adventures?!
One day, Blue and Barry are enjoying a quiet afternoon when Pancakes bounds in with a surprise-- she's made a rocket out of balloons! And a whole planet named Balloonia! Blue and Barry agree to take a quick peek at Pancakes' creations, but what's meant to be a fun tour quickly turns into an ordeal as the gang finds themselves trapped by the Balloonians, a species of balloon that's come to life. And if our heroes want to make it home, they'll have to overcome the biggest and meanest Balloonian of all-- BALLOON KONG!
Like all friends, they can make mistakes... but at the end of the day, they always have each other’s backs. And tops, and sides, and fronts, too!
Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson have been making stuff together for a very looong time! They created the animated television program Rocket Monkeys, and they’ve directed countless animated commercials for major global brands. Their short films have won numerous awards and their cartoons and comics have been published in The New Yorker and Nickelodeon magazine. Through all these different mediums their humor and storytelling always rings sweet, silly, and slightly twisted. Together at First Second, they've produced several volumes of Blue, Barry & Pancakes, a zany story about three animal friends who go on out-of-this-world adventures!
Jason Patterson and Dan Abdo met in the back of the art room in highschool, started drawing together, and never stopped. They both attended the Rhode Island School of Design and then both moved to New York City to begin their world conquest. These days Jason has jumped across the Hudson to live in New Jersey with his wife and two children. Dan returned to the place where it all started and lives in Vermont with his wife, two children, six chickens, two ducks, and one ancient cat. Even though they’re hundreds of miles apart they still draw together every day. Together at First Second, they've produced several volumes of Blue, Barry & Pancakes, a zany story about three animal friends who go on out-of-this-world adventures!
Praise for Blue, Barry & Pancakes:
"[Dan and Jason] fill energetic and cinematic panels with sound effects and screwball comedy, resulting in an absurd tale of friendship that never stops moving."—Publisher's Weekly
"Rapidly paced and loaded with absurdity and laughs, dynamic cartoon illustrations sweep readers along on a journey designed to humorously upend their expectations. A happy ending and gentle lesson on friendship close what is happily the first of many escapades."—Booklist
"The cartoon art is bright and appealing, with loud colors, exaggerated comic reactions, and goofy details. ...Riotously entertaining. Readers will look forward to more adventures with this quirky trio."—School Library Journal
"A joyful, slapstick romp."—Horn Book