Animal Rescue Friends: Learning New Tricks

The Animal Rescue Friends gang is back with ten sweet tales about their furry, feathered, and flying friends!

Join Bell, Maddie, Noah, and the rest of the Animal Rescue Friends as they learn to love an affectionate rat named Whiskers, find Sergio the tortoise a forever home that’s just his speed, fall for the antics of a chatty parrot with a familiar name, and more! Along the way, they make a few new friends and learn that everyone—even insects—can sometimes use a helping hand.

About the Author

Barbara Perez Marquez was raised in the Dominican Republic and now lives in Baltimore. She's part of the team behind the Eisner-nominated series The Cardboard Kingdom. Her next graphic novel, The Library of Memories, is due out in 2025.

Megan Kearney is a writer and cartoonist. She lives in Toronto with her family and a very old gentleman rabbit.

Brian McLachlan is the cartoonist behind Complete the Quest: The Poisonous Library and Draw Out the Story: 10 Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics. He lives in Toronto with his family.

Leonie O'Moore is an Irish writer and artist based in California. Her work appears in Heavy Metal magazine, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 40x40, and the Aliens artbook. She has taught comics workshops in schools and museums, and she wrote the curriculum for the degree in comics and graphic novels at Teesside University.

Gillian Goerz is a cartoonist, graphic recorder, and author. Her graphic novel Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer was praised by the New York Times Review of Books and made CBC and the New York Public Library’s "Best Books of the Year" lists. Her second book, Shirley & Jamila’s Big Fall, won the Doug Wright Award for Best Kids’ Book.

Ellen Crenshaw is a cartoonist and illustrator for books, comics, and children's media. She is the co-creator, with Colleen Venable, of Kiss Number 8, which was nominated for an Eisner and longlisted for the National Book Award.

Kasia Babis is a Polish illustrator, comic artist, and politician also known as Kittypat or Kiciputek. She uses her art to comment on current social or political issues and other everyday events. She is the author of picture books for children, and a concept artist in the game industry.

Chelsea Trousdale is a character designer and illustrator based in Salt Lake City, where she lives with her husband and cats.

Matt Kaufenberg is a freelance illustrator who's done work for Disney/Pixar, Netflix, Target, and more. He also illustrates children's books, including the recent Toy Story 4 Golden Book. He lives in Minnesota with his family.

Leo Trinidad is an illustrator and storyboard artist from Costa Rica who has worked on productions for Cartoon Network, Disney, Sony, and DreamWorks.

Shadia Amin is a Colombian comic artist and illustrator. Her work includes AggretsukoSpider-Ham, and Dumb and Dumber. When she’s not drawing, she’s cooking or loving on her pets and husband.

Maike Plenzke is an artist from Berlin. She illustrates books, magazines, and more from a plant-filled studio. When she’s not making art, she loves to walk in the sun or watch movies with her husband and dog.

Harriet Low is a children's and YA editor based in Rhode Island. They've edited everything from graphic novels and picture books to nonfiction, including some bestsellers and award-winners. 

Stephanie Cooke is an award-nominated writer and editor based in Toronto, and the author of two graphic novels: Oh my Gods! and ParaNorthern.

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