Baby Don't Smoke by Everett Jaime
A Graphic Novel

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Baby Don’t Smoke is an exciting, information-rich and colorful graphic novel of a teenage Latina girl named Maria who lives in East Los Angeles with her mother, boyfriend and their newborn. She is lead through a series of dramatic encounters with sinister and friendly characters which climax in a surprise ending, leaving her with the resolve to quit smoking forever. The findings against cigarette use haven’t been new or remarkable for years. What is remarkable is the continued allure of smoking despite its obvious dangers. Since badgering and many forms of education about the obvious health concerns caused by smoking haven’t eliminated the problem, Baby Don’t Smoke takes a different approach. It encourages teens to rebel! In this case, against the cigarette companies who entice them into addiction and ill-health, and thus contribute to the illness of their infants and children. “We give people a pre-packaged, cool, rebellious identity when they can’t create one for themselves,” scoffs Doris, the novel’s seductive and brilliant villainess who controls Tobacco Empire. When protagonist Maria, a pregnant teen, responds with sarcasm, “You must be very proud,” Doris counters menacingly, “I’m not proud, I’m rich.” Baby Don’t Smoke presents hard evidence of the dangers of smoking in an imaginative, edgy, and readable format. Author Everett Jaime, an Hispanic American writer and artist, directs his short graphic novel to young parents and pregnant teens, and their social network of friends and family. Contemporary illustrations by Eliot R. Brown, with previous publications for Marvel Comics, skillfully drives home the message. The approach is perfectly suited to its target market—ethnic teens and pre-teens—without ever patronizing them. BaBy Don’t Smoke will appEal to • library Markets, especially High Schools & Junior Highs, and to Health Educators, and agencies like planned parenthood concerned with teen pregnancy and Health. • in Bookstores, it will attract parents & Friends of Young Smokers who will buy it for their loved ones.

About Everett Jaime

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Mexican American writer, musician, painter & entrepreneur, grew up in San Jose, CA, now lives in London with his wife. He wrote his first "book” at age 8. In college, using an old photocopier, he created booklets from his drawings & random musings. He's started 2 businesses, toured Europe with a blues band, composed & recorded on 11 albums of rock music, performed at Renaissance Festivals, & acted in 6 theatre productions. His painting & photography work is currently exhibited in London. Baby Don't Smoke reflects his quirky & compassionate dedication to kids & teens. See: Eliot R. Brown is an American comic illustrator, writer, photographer and modeller. He grew up on the mean streets of midtown Manhattan and currently lives in an undisclosed, secure location with his wife, son and the same clothing he's worn for the past 27 years. Brown worked for Marvel Comics as well as being a freelance artist for Marvel, DC and many independents and is best known for his involvement with "The Official Handbook To The Marvel Universe,” "The Punisher Armory,” and "The Iron Manual.” See: www.
Published September 11, 2013 by Kalindi Press. 40 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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She wakes to a dream world in which she has burned down her house, meets her repentant father in the hospital (“If I’d only realized that the only gift I was leaving you was asthma and a dirty habit…”) and is whisked off with a pregnant fellow patient to a confrontation with the witchy, bitchy—an...

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