Hello, Tom Angleberger! Welcome back to Watch. Connect. Read.! I still smile when I think about when you Skyped with my students in 2010 and 2011. Memories!

Tom Angleberger: Hey Mr Schu! It feels like the good old days of book blogging all over again!

Indeed! I cannot wait to talk about The Sewer Rat Stink during upcoming presentations with students. Kids are going to be sooooooooooooooo excited. What do you want everyone to know about it?

Tom Angleberger: This is a genuine Geronimo story which American kids have never seen before.

It’s a wild, wild ride through the sewers of New Mouse City, which are home to a secret civilization of sewer rats!

And I got the chance to DRAW all that slippery, slimy action and turn the novel into a graphic novel.

I’ve wanted to draw comics since forever, but who would have believed I’d get to draw a famous(e) character like Geronimo Stilton?

I’m a long-time fan, so I was able to really turn up the Geronimo-ness to 11. I had a ball!

And then seeing Scholastic turn my black and white drawing into gorgeous color comics was mind-blowing! It actually looks like I know what I’m doing!

Illustrator Credit: Tom Angleberger | Book Designer: Phil Falco | Story based on the original story in Italian by Elisabetta Dami 

I am a big fan of fun facts. What are three of your favorite fun facts about Geronimo Stilton?

*He’s a reporter! Just like me!

*He loses his cool sometimes! Just like me!

*His friends are a bunch of weirdos! Just like mine! 

Please finish the following sentence starters: 

New Mouse City is great because it can contain anything from any city anywhere in the world. Subway? Sure. Castle? Yep. Underground Sewer City? Of course! 

Hercule is a perfect comedy partner for Geronimo. Hercule takes the risk, Geronimo gets the pie in the face. Rinse and repeat!

I hope The Sewer Rat Stink is in every classroom library ready for a kid that’s having a bad day and just needs to escape for a few minutes.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me if Dav Pilkey opened the door for this sort of book. Yes, yes he did. He’s the Leonardo of Laffs! The Jane Austen of Awesome! The Pirandello of Puns! (And a nice guy!)

THE SEWER RAT STINK (GERONIMO STILTON GRAPHIC NOVEL #1) by Tom Angleberger | On Sale Date: May 5, 2020

The bestselling Geronimo Stilton series with over 50 million copies in print is coming to the graphic novel format! A stinky smell is taking over New Mouse City! No mouse can live like this! Geronimo and his best friend Hercule, the private detective, head underground into the sewer world of Mouse Island to investigate. Can they save the city from the stench?

Tom Angleberger is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling Star Wars Origami Yoda series, as well as Marvel’s Rocket and Groot series. He is also the author-illustrator of Fake Mustache and Horton Halfpott, both Edgar Award nominees, and the Qwikpick Papers series.


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