Read The Secret World of Arrietty before the film comes out!

For those who don’t know, I’m a Hayao Miyazaki fan. He is an internationally acclaimed animated film maker whose films deal with humanity’s relationship with nature and technology. Most of his animated films feature fantastical worlds with characters that don’t fall into the traditional good-evil dichotomies (which is one of the things that makes his films special).

The Secret World of Arrietty is another masterpiece (screenplay written by Miyazaki) that follows Arrietty, a four-inch tall girl living under the floorboards of a typical house, “borrowing” simple items to make her family home. Life changes for her and her family when they are discovered by Sho, an ordinary boy living in the house. This delicately hand-drawn animation embodies the dreams and longings of childhood all wrapped within a well-written, charming story. It will be sure to delight audiences of all ages!

Discover The Secret World of Arrietty before the film comes out Friday, February 17! Check out the film comic and artbook!

Click on the covers to learn more:

Read what other people are saying about these books!

Back to Books’ review of The Secret World of Arrietty, Volume 1
Back to Books’ review of The Secret World of Arrietty, Volume 2

Get your Viz and Viz Kids books at 20% off

Manga is one of my favourite types of book to read. For those who don’t know, manga is basically a comic book originating from Japan that you read from left to right. They are fun books that encourages new and young readers to read. Here are some Viz Kids titles to get any young reader started!


Meet the adorable Mameshiba characters. They’re half bean, half dog, each with its own quirky personality. Follow Edamame, Tiger Bean, Soybean, Chili Bean and the rest of the gang on their fun-filled adventures! Meet Mameshiba (ages 6-9) and Mameshiba: On The Loose (ages 8-12) are great mangas for new readers to start!

The ever popular Pokemon series is back. This time in print! Straight from the TV series come Pokemon Adventures mangas. Who can forget the loveable Pikachu, his loyal friends, and the evil Team Rocket? For lovers of Pokemon games and cartoons, this manga series will be sure to entertain.

For Zelda gamers, The Legend of Zelda is available in manga format. Immerse yourself in the mystical land of Hyrule and follow Link on his quest to deliver the mystical stone of the forest to Zelda, Princess of Hyrule. Of course, the journey will be long and perilous, and Link will need all his skills and courage to defeat the evil bent on taking over his land. Will he be able to save Hyrule and himself?

What’s red, white, and farts all over? It’s Panda Man, a huge fan of food with the power of pee-yew! Evil villains are no match for our hero’s funky feet and flatulence. You don’t want to stand between Panda Man and ultimate justice…or his next meal…whichever comes first. Check out Panda Man to the Rescue, his first of many adventures.

Have we whetted your appetite for manga? Hopefully you are now eager to run out and buy some for yourself. And it couldn’t be better timing because Chapters Indigo is having an in-store sale nationwide — all Viz titles are 20% off. Wow!

Frankie Pickle and The Mathematical Menace

Frankie Pickle is one of our favourite characters here at Simon & Schuster Canada. He’s cute and quirky and super-imaginative. In Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace, our little friend  faces his greatest challenge yet: his MATH QUIZ.






Here he is bravely defending himself against an onslaught of super scary and incomprehensible numbers:

The Mathematical Menace is the 3rd book in the Frankie Pickle series  of graphic novels by brilliant author/illustrator Eric Wight. Frankie’s adventures are full or humour and action and are perfect for reluctant readers aged 7-10.

Check out this neat clip of Eric Wight drawing Frankie.

We’re giving away 3 copies of Frankie Pickle and The Mathematical Menace. Email us at with the subject line “Frankie” with your name and mailing address for your chance to win. Closes July 31st, 2011. Canadian addresses only please.

Graphic Novel Feature: Mercury

Eisner award winner Hope Larson weaves together history, romance, and a touch of her trademark magical realism in this remarkable graphic novel of how the past haunts a teenage girl’s present.
Check out some sample pages below:
Mercury is set in Nova Scotia, Canada! Can you find the Tim Horton’s reference?

Visit Hope Larson here.

Enter to win a copy of Mercury at the Simon Pulse Canada Facebook group.