Watermark Books & Café Invites You to Brenda Maier

Watermark Books & Café will be hosting the award-winning author and public school teacher Brenda Maier for her wonderful new books The Adventures of Penguin and Panda: Surprise! and The Adventures of Penguin and Panda: Fun and Games on Saturday, June 1st at 10 am. Brenda Maier is known for The Little Red Fort, The Little Blue Bridge, and Peeping Beauty. She will be at Watermark to do a storytime of her newest series of graphic novels The Adventures of Penguin and Panda which follows the fun hijinks of unlikely best friends Penguin and Panda. Brenda will also do a book signing after the storytime. We hope to see you there! if you are interested in attending the event, RSVP on Eventbrite by using the button below. Thank you!

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About the Book:

In the tradition of Narwhal and Jelly, here is a playful and humorous graphic novel series about two besties who could not be more different from each other.

Penguin and Panda should not be friends. The very idea is absurd. Penguin likes to build things and Panda likes to nap. Panda munches bamboo and Penguin gobbles cheese puffs and jam-banana sandwiches. Penguin never powers down and Panda has a hard time powering up. There is no way their friendship would ever work. Except somehow, it does.

Penguin and Panda demonstrate kindness, understanding, and support for each other, showcasing the positive aspects of companionship. The books are infused with humor, often through Penguin's whimsical outlook on life and Panda's more pragmatic responses.

Each book is composed from multiple short stories and STEM-related fun facts. The graphic novel format makes the series accessible to a wide range of readers, including those who may be transitioning from picture books to chapter books.

In the tradition of Narwhal and Jelly, here is a playful and humorous graphic novel series about two besties who could not be more different from each other.

We know what you're thinking: Penguin and Panda should not be friends The very idea is absurd Penguin feels all the feels able to be felt, while Panda is low-key cool. Penguin loves surprises and being scared while Panda prefers a good nap. The penguin always follows directions; the Panda plays things by ear. Yet these two yin and yang besties love experiencing the world through each other's eyes with abundant humor and a generosity of spirit.

The stories often convey positive messages about imagination, creativity, friendship, acceptance, and the value of being true to oneself.

Each book contains four short stories and some STEM-related fun facts. This format allows young readers to easily digest the content and provides natural stopping points for reading sessions.

About the Author:

Brenda Maier is a public school teacher and board member of the OAGCT, the affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children. She is the author of The Little Red Fort, The Little Blue Bridge, and Peeping Beauty which has awarded her an Oklahoma Book Award Finalist twice, Monarch Award List Honoree, Chicago Public Library Best Picture Book of the Year, and other great honors. She is the mother of five children.

Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Event address: 
4701 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67218
Books: 
The Adventures of Penguin and Panda: Surprise!: Graphic Novel (1) Volume 1 By Brenda Maier, Fanni Mézes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brenda Maier, Fanni Mézes (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781958325056
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Marble Press - April 30th, 2024

The Adventures of Penguin and Panda: Fun and Games!: Graphic Novel (2) Volume 1 By Brenda Maier, Fanni Mézes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brenda Maier, Fanni Mézes (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781958325070
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Marble Press - April 30th, 2024

The Little Blue Bridge (Little Ruby’s Big Ideas) By Brenda Maier, Sonia Sánchez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brenda Maier, Sonia Sánchez (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338538014
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - June 1st, 2021

The Little Red Fort (Little Ruby’s Big Ideas) By Brenda Maier, Sonia Sánchez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brenda Maier, Sonia Sánchez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545859196
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - March 27th, 2018

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The Little Green Swing (Little Ruby's Big Ideas) By Brenda Maier, Sonia Sánchez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brenda Maier, Sonia Sánchez (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338816198
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scholastic Press - September 3rd, 2024