Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth by Jon Chad

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An intrepid explorer climbs down, down, down the page as he voyages through the center of the earth in this unusually inventive comic adventure. Intrepid explorer Leo Geo is heading off on a mission into the unknown. With science as his sidekick, he intends to tunnel his way to the center of the earth. Of course, things never turn out quite the way you expect when you're burrowing your way through the earth's layers. Before long, Leo is forced to leave his tunneling machine behind, and  he climbs, crawls, and falls to his destination while dodging giant centipedes, man-eating quadclops, and an evil army of subterranean malvisors bent on invading the surface. Kids will be drawn in by the unusual format of this inventive comic, following Leo as he climbs deeper  and deeper into a very long and skinny book—and they may just learn a few things about geology as they go.
 

About Jon Chad

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Jon Chad teaches screen-printing and bookmaking at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. He has been hand-binding comics for years. Leo Geo is the first to appear in published hardcover.
 
Published March 13, 2012 by Roaring Brook Press. 36 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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The nattering narrator not only encounters geological wonders, but complex mining works, teeming cities of sluglike “Subvisors,” all sorts of decidedly weird-looking giant creatures, including a “Quadclops” so huge that the journey necessarily takes an alimentary turn, and a host of toothy subter...

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The featureless protagonist, an enthusiastic scientist named Leo, sets off on a journey to the center of the Earth through the book’s tall pages, and readers are encouraged to turn the book vertically to follow his trek downward.

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The story is simple and straight-forward – but still exciting enough to hold the attention of the youngsters in its target audience – and the illustrations bring it all to life with a simple charm.

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The science elements, particularly the high-brow math, will be above the heads of younger readers, but the "science and math are fun!"

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