Fitz and Cleo (Fitz and Cleo #1)

by Jonathan Stutzman (Author) Heather Fox (Illustrator)

Fitz and Cleo (Fitz and Cleo #1)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Fitz and Cleo

The dynamo team behind Llama Destroys the World invites you to meet the stars of their first graphic novel--Fitz and Cleo! If you're a fan of Narwhal and Jelly or Owly, get ready to fall head over heels for this brother-and-sister duo.

Fitz and Cleo are siblings by chance, but best friends by choice. Oh, and they also happen to be ghosts! Join Cleo, a happy-go-lucky kind of gal, and Fitz, her science-minded brother, as they laugh their way through eleven gut-busting stories, including exploring the beach with a new friend, enjoying some ice cream, playing baseball, and gazing at the stars.

Jonathan Stutzman and Heather Fox, the creative team responsible for your favorite doomsday-prone Llama, team up again for a silly and heartwarming graphic novel that is perfect for newly independent readers and comics enthusiasts. The book highlights just how wonderful the world can be when you mix a little fun with some great friends.

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Publishers Weekly

Married creative team Stutzman and Fox (Llama Destroys the World) expand into early readers with this bighearted graphic novel, a collection about the exploits of two ghost siblings. In 11 short chapters, best buds Fitz and Cleo bravely explore the strange noises coming from behind the attic door, face off in a brain-freeze-inducing ice cream contest, stargaze, and generally have each other's backs. Enacting believable sibling dynamics, the duo prove clear opposites, as represented by their interactions with kitty Mister Boo, whom they try to teach the rules of baseball play. Cutesy Cleo, a purple bow atop her head, expresses herself effusively, visually exuding pink hearts upon meeting the gray kitty; know-it-all Fitz, meanwhile, sporting a baseball cap and spectacles, tries to strap the feline to a rocket in the name of "science." Uncluttered digital line drawings by Fox focus all the attention on Fitz and Cleo, whose simple facial features speak volumes. Dialogue-driven, with plenty of wordplay courtesy of Stutzman, this spirited series debut abounds with heart. Ages 6-9. (May)

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Review quotes

"Bubbly art, bold colors, and breezy paneling keep the tone playful, and fans of Clanton's Narwhal and Jelly or Willems' Elephant and Piggie will be happy to find another pair of pals to hang out with as they build their literacy skills." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Jonathan Stutzman
Jay Fleck is an Illinois-based designer and illustrator who has illustrated many books for children. He lives south of Chicago.

Jonathan Stutzman is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. His short films have screened at film festivals all over the world and on television. He lives in Palmyra, Pennsylvania.
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Henry Holt & Company
Publication date
May 20, 2021
Fitz and Cleo
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV008000 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | General
JUV013070 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
JUV069000 - Juvenile Fiction | Ghost Stories
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