Graphic Novels for Young Readers

28may3:00 pm3:45 pmGraphic Novels for Young Readerswith Paul Gilligan and Sid Sharp (middle grade)

Speakers for this event

  • Paul Gilligan

    Paul Gilligan


    Paul Gilligan writes and draws the syndicated comic strip Pooch Café, and the early chapter book series King of the Mole People. His latest work is Pluto Rocket: New in Town, published by Tundra/Penguin Random House, the first in a hilarious series of early-reader graphic novels about a friendly alien and a wise-cracking pigeon.


  • Sid Sharp

    Sid Sharp


    Sid is an artist and author from Toronto whose interests include folklore, scary stories, mysterious and unknowable things, and finding good sticks for their stick collection. Sid attended OCAD University, works in a bookstore, and published The Wolf Suit, their first graphic novel for kids, with Annick Press in 2022.



Event Details

Join graphic novelists Paul Gilligan and Sid Sharp as they read from their work and chat about what it’s like to write comics!

Pluto Rocket: New in Town
Paul Gilligan

Joe Pidge, not just a pigeon but also the stylish king of the neighborhood, is bobbing his way down the street one day when, all of a sudden, Pluto Rocket enters the scene. It turns out, Pluto is from another planet, and is disguising herself for her secret mission — to find out what life in the neighborhood is really like.

Lucky for Pluto, Joe Pidge has seen it all before, eaten it all before, and pooped on it all before, so he takes her under his wing and the two become fast friends. But Joe is the one who actually learns a thing or two and whose mind is blown by the out-of-this-world Pluto in this hilarious graphic novel series from Paul Gilligan, creator of the syndicated comic strip Pooch Cafe!

The Wolf Suit
Sid Sharp

Bellwether Riggwelter is, once again, out of blackberries. This time, rather than tiptoe through a forest full of predators, he comes up with a new plan. He will keep himself safe by blending in—he will sew a Wolf Suit! The disguise works perfectly . . . sort of. Bellwether realizes he can’t enjoy the forest in a bulky suit, and he may not be the only creature in the forest who feels that way. Perhaps not everyone is as wolfish as they appear.

With humor, darkness, and insight reminiscent of Jon Klassen and Edward Gorey, Sid Sharp turns the idiom “wolf in sheep’s clothing” on its head.

This award-winning hilarious and touching graphic novel debut about the pressures of conformity and conquering fear by finding community is the perfect contemporary folktale to press into the hands of anyone who has felt they need to pretend to be someone else.

Kids' Literature Stage


28 May 2023 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm(GMT-04:00)