Victor Schmud: Total Expert is a fun, mildly bonkers series for young readers (ages 7-10) by Jim Benton, the guy who created the Franny K. Stein series. Victor plows through the world with an unfettered imagination, an unshakeable confidence, and a comes-and-goes hold on reality.
Panda Ray is a rare beast: a fun and weird adventure for kids where there is no Chosen One. Thank God. I’m a little tired of the Hero’s Journey.
There’s nothing quite like corrupting the innocent minds of kids, and science fiction is the best gateway storytelling out there. Yes, better than fantasy (and I’ve got my own well-read copy of The Silmarillion, so any haters can chill).