Tricky Coyote Tales

Book 1

From the Series Tricky Journeys ™

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Coyote is awfully hungry! Can he trick Bear into giving him his lunch? Or fool the prairie dogs into inviting him to their feast? But if Coyote’s not careful, HE could end up on the menu! In these Native American Coyote tales, YOU decide what happens next! Six journeys to follow! Which will YOU take?

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Graphic Novels, Social Studies
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Text Type Folktale/Legend
BISACS JUV008070, JUV087000, JUV020000
Dewey 741.5'973
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.75 x 8.5
Guided Reading Level N
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Chris Schweizer

Chris Schweizer was born in 1980 and grew up in Louisiana and Kentucky. He received a BFA in Graphic Design from Murray State University, where he also studied English, and his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. He is the cartoonist of the Crogan Adventure Series, an award-winning historical fiction graphic novel series that has made the American Library Association's Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, the Maverick list, and Book Reporter's Core Ten Teen Collection Graphic Novels list, as well as earning Eisner and CYBILS award nominations. Tricky Journeys is his first series for young readers. He teaches comics at SCAD-Atlanta, and lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife and daughter.

Illustrator: Chad Thomas

Chad Thomas is a freelance comic artist working from home and living with his wife, Jil, in Texas. Chad started drawing at a very early age and decided to be a comic artist around second grade after reading some Archie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comics. He attended the Savannah College of Art and Design from 1999-2003 and interned at Funny Pages Productions in Nashville. After learning from the incredible artists there, Chad struck out freelance on his own and has been lucky enough to work with a number of clients, including Archie Comics, Oni Press, and Lerner Publishing Group.


Library Media Connection

“Each title puts the reader in charge of the characters’ fates, for better or worse. In addition to the adventurous nature of these books, an element of also humor exists, as the main characters continually try to outwit others. The bright, cartoonish illustrations add to the fast-pace and readers could reread each story many times with different endings…. The interactivity of this series would make it a fun addition to a library’s graphic novel section.” —Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“There’s no shortage of excitement in these Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style graphic novels…. For beefing up reluctant-reader offerings, these books are worth a look.” —School Library Journal


“In these interactive stories, young readers can choose certain actions for Coyote that will lead to different outcomes—some good, some bad, all fun.” —Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“The story immersion, great art, and blend of prose and comics will attract even reluctant readers to lose themselves in a book.” —Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“These 64 pages give readers an entertaining and even well-rounded look at Coyote’s personality: the trickster, fool and occasional wise man of tradition…. So what if the tone isn’t completely authentic—who doesn’t like to see a coyote fall off a cliff?” —Kirkus Reviews