Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 6
Clayton Hanmer brings the characters of OWL Magazine’s popular monthly feature CTON’s Corner to readers in this crazy collection of comics, mazes, puzzles, and all-around silliness. CTON’s Super A-maze-ing Year of Crazy Comics! is hosted by CTON (a comic-book-artist-turned-comic-book-character) and features the much-loved Blob (a big green blob) as well as friends Billy, Suzie, and Cee Cee. Bursting with irreverent odes to the ridiculous, it should come as no surprise that CTON and his friends inhabit a weird world of made-up animals, fantastic inventions, and dizzying mazes. In CTON’s world, even everyday occurrences involve mishaps and monsters. Designed for repeat reading, this hilarious collection will keep kids coming back for more again and again with innovative choose-your-own-adventure comic mazes, drawing tips for would-be comic artists, style advice for every season, and activities to try at home. Whether via the captivating minutae of CTON’s jam-packed comic mazes or make-believe contraptions, this book is immediately engaging and endlessly re-readable. Familiar characters will make this book an instant favorite with anyone who enjoys super, crazy, ridiculous fun.
About the author
Clayton Hanmer is an illustrator whose crude, energetic comic style has given him a surprisingly broad range of clients from The Globe and Mail to Owl Magazine. He is also the illustrator of The Secret Life of Money by Kira Vermond (Owlkids Books, 2012) and Not Your Typical Book about the Environment by Elin Kelsey (Owlkids Books, 2010). He lives in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.
Colorful, zany, and packed with activities, puzzles, and amusing illustrations, this is a comic-book lookalike that children will spend hours poring over…Fans of Captain Underpants are likely to appreciate this unusual character.
School Library Journal
This book is a treasure trove for both reluctant and good readers and can be used as a springboard for delving into a variety of imaginative and zany seasonal activities throughout the year.
…young ones will likely love the challenge of following the tiny figures through their adventures.
Quill & Quire
Kids who are big fans of CTON might enjoy a bit of extra silly fun.
…the cartoon-style illustrations are colorful, busy, and engaging…a very nice hook for young readers who are not drawn to longer or plot-driven reading, and for individual use the book can certainly provide hours of fun pouring over the illustrated pages.
CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials
CTON’s Super A-maze-ing Year of Crazy Comics, Puzzles, Mazes, Blobs, & More!Don’t let boredom, a bad day at school, a failed math test or a fear of homework ruin another day. CTON’s Super A-maze-ing Year of Crazy Comics, Puzzles, Mazes, Blobs, & More! and The Hilarious Adventures of Mish and Mash: The story of how two monsters – and you! – make the perfect joke book! are just what the doctor ordered. These two books are packed with fun stuff that will brighten the lousiest day (and make the greatest day even better). Readers of OWL Magazine and chickaDEE Magazine will be particularly pleased to see that their favourite characters are featured in these books.
CTON’s Super A-maze-ing Year of Crazy Comics, Puzzles, Mazes, Blobs, & More! includes exactly what the title promises and then some. Its colourful and wacky 56 pages are filled with seasonal activities, puzzles, myths and – my favourite – choose-your-own-adventure maze comics starring CTON (a comic-book-artistturned- comic-book-character) and his friends Blob, Billy, Suzy and Cee Cee. This book is perfect for reluctant readers – they’ll be so busy having fun that they’ll totally forget they’re reading!
Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2009. Volume 32 Number 1.
Other titles by Clayton Hanmer
The Museum of Odd Body Leftovers
A Tour of Your Useless Parts, Flaws, and Other Weird Bits
How and Why Stuff Gets Popular
Dog vs. Ultra Dog
Half-Truths and Brazen Lies
An Honest Look at Lying
The Secret Life of Money
A Kid's Guide to Cash