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Making Scents

Making Scents

Written by Arthur Yorinks; illustrated by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline

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Mickey isn't quite like his brothers and sisters. They're all stronger, faster, and have a much better sense of smell. That’s because his "brothers and sisters" are dogs—bloodhounds, to be exact. Mickey’s mom and dad are crazy about canines. Their dogs are the loves of their lives and their livelihood. So, naturally, they’re raising their son as if he was a dog, and Mickey wants nothing more than to make his parents proud.

Just as Mickey is mastering the art of sniffing, a tragic accident forever changes his happy family. Mickey is sent to live with relatives he's never met—relatives who are not fond of kids . . . and who hate dogs!

Making Scents, a laugh-out-loud graphic novel for young readers from Arthur Yorinks, with illustrations by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline.

Praise for Making Scents

"Set against a bygone backdrop completely lacking in any nods to contemporary technology, Lamb and Paroline's catchy three-color illustrations establish the retro-styled ambiance." —Kirkus

"Children who have experienced loss will relate to this warm and slightly fantastical tale. A solid choice for most graphic novel ­collections." —School Library Journal

"Yorinks pulls off a tricky feat; he creates a set of characters who are difficult to like, then makes readers care about them." —Publishers Weekly

"Gorgeous, melancholy graphic novel." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Humor stems naturally from the absurdity of thepremise, while the heartfelt moments are as tender as they come. "—Horn Book

Written by Arthur Yorinks; illustrated by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline

Arthur Yorinks is the author of more than thirty-five acclaimed and award-winning books. He has teamed up with many famed illustrators including Maurice Sendak, William Steig, and Mort Drucker. His book Mommy? was a New York Times bestseller.

Braden Lamb grew up in Seattle, studied film in upstate New York, learned about Vikings in Iceland and Norway, and began an art career in Massachusetts. Now he draws and colors comics, including Adventure Time, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Shelli Paroline escaped early on into the world of comics, cartoons, and science fiction. She has returned to the Boston area, where she is an illustrator and co-director of the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo. Shelli has contributed to Adventure Time comics.

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