Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 8
- Grade: 1 to 3
- Reading age: 6 to 8
Billy Stuart is a young raccoon who aspires to be just like his grandfather, a globe-trotting adventurer who knows no fear.
When he learns that his grandfather has found a way to travel through time and is leaving on another great voyage, he sets out to see him off (and maybe sneak along). Billy Stuart follows his grandfather's puzzling clues through a maze of caves and caverns to find him before he leaves, trailed by his Scout pack, the Zintrepids. What Billy doesn't know is that once they go down the fateful path his grandfather has taken, there will be no turning back. Brightly illustrated and enhanced with games and puzzles throughout, Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids is Billy's first adventure and is sure to amuse readers of all ages.
About the authors
Avant d'être auteur jeunesse à temps plein, Alain M. Bergeron a été journaliste pendant une vingtaine d'années. À ce jour, il a publié plus de 200 livres chez une douzaine d'éditeurs. Alain signe plusieurs séries dont les Billy Stuart, le Capitaine Static, et les Savais-tu? Alain a gagné tout récemment le Prix Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles 2015 pour son roman Le géant qui sentait les petits pieds. Il habite à Victoriaville, au Québec.
Before becoming a full-time children’s author, Alain M. Bergeron worked as a journalist for over 20 years. Since then, he has published over 200 books with over a dozen publishing houses. His more popular series include: Billy Stuart, Capitaine Static, and Savais-tu? Alain recently won the 2015 Prix Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles for his book Le géant qui sentait les petits pieds. He lives in Victoriaville, Quebec.
Samuel Parent, pen name Sampar, was born in 1973 in Victoriaville Quebec. He is a self-taught illustrator and cartoonist. He made his mark in recent years in the publishing world by being a winner of the New York Times top 10 illustrators of the year for 2014 and by being a finalist for the Governor General of Canada 2004 (Youth illustration). He has also been a Mr. Christie's Book Award 2002 finalist Awards, a favourite books Youth Communication-Jeunesse finalist, and a Hackmatack Award finalist in 2003 and 2004. Sampar's illustrations fascinate and capture the imagination of young and old alike. He is the father of three children and admits: "My dream is to make sure that my children can have something from me when they are old enough to be interested in reading."
Sophie B. Watson is an award-winning freelance writer who has been published in several magazines, including Briarpatch Magazine, Canadian Dimension, Canadian Living Magazine, Legacy Magazine, and Sustainable Times (among others). She holds a degree in English and French literature from the University of Alberta as well as a master's in creative writing from Bath Spa University. She has been a library page, a waitress, a substitute dj, a bookseller, and, most recently, the editor of Cork University Press. Cadillac Couches is Sophie's first novel. Read more about Sophie (and her aquatic larks) on her blog at sophiebwatson.com.
- Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
"Full-color cartoon illustrations add a cinematic quality…Simple vocabulary, ample leading, and supporting spot illustrations make this a good transitional chapter book…An interesting series opener."
"Reluctant readers will appreciate the many visual elements in this easy-to-read novel…Elements will extend the readership to those younger than the intended audience, as well as some reading-challenged students who are older."
"Jon Scieszka's 'Time Warp Trio' meets 'Geronimo Stilton' in this full-color hybrid, which should appeal to reluctant readers and avid readers alike."
School Library Journal
"What differentiates Billy Stuart is how much easier the story is to follow than [other books of this genre] and how much better the writing is…The first Billy Stuart installment is busy but not convoluted."
Quill & Quire
"There is a lot to recommend in this chapter book for young readers. It is full of allusions to other exciting adventures such as the 'Harry Potter' series and 'The Golden Compass' series…The graphic features of the text are vivid and action-packed!…Readers will definitely look forward to more books in this updated series. Highly Recommended."
"Move over, Geronimo Stilton!...With humorous sidebars from the author, jokes and puzzles, and some pages in comic-book style, this French Canadian import should have broad appeal."