Burt's Way Home by John Martz

Burt's Way Home

Written by John Martz
Illustrated by


Burt's Way Home by John Martz

Burt's an orphan, but no regular orphan; he's an orphan of time and space after a cosmic accident left him stranded on earth, or so he says. Lydia is an older woman who has adopted Burt. Together they tell a tale of home and belonging from two different perspectives. John Martz is a cartoonist and illustrator in Toronto, Ontario. His most recent book, A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories, was shortlisted for The Governor General's Literary Awards and was nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age seven).


Readers of all ages, including parents, will enjoy the way that Burt's fantasy and Lydia's caring presence come together in this wonderful graphic novel. -- Alice Albarda, Resource Links John Martz has created a sweet story that is both whimsical and grounded in Burt's Way Home, a story that could easily be heartbreaking, but which ends on an unmistakable note of hope. -- Meredith Cleversey, CM: Canadian Review of Materials 4/4 and Highly Recommended Toronto cartoonist and illustrator John Martz is an Eisner and Governor General's Literary Award nominee at the top of his game. With clean lines and understated simplicity, the wordless spreads speak as loudly as those with text. -- Linda Ludke, Quill & Quire A perfectly formed little book, this is set amongst snowflakes, staring out at the stars. -- Stephen L. Holland, Page 45 Burt's Way Home is a touching story that mixes the prosaic details of foster care with the grand scope of a space opera. -- Dan Kois, The Slate Book Review This is a book of the sweetest optimism. 'You'll understand when you're older

-- Kate Beaton, author of Hark! A Vagrant Praise for A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories Shortlisted for The Governor General's Literary Awards Nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7) Kids will love the cute animals and their silly antics. It is perfect for early readers and visual learners and will be a welcome addition to any early readers

-- Lori Henderson, Good Comics For Kids, School Library Journal Martz

-colored and a joy to look at. -- Rich Barrett, Mental Floss Visual learners and younger children alike will pore delightedly over these nearly wordless sequences. -- Kirkus This book could be for kids who cannot read or kids that can but like to tell their own story. The pictures are fun for anyone to look at. -- Adam, Age 7, San Francisco Book Review This colorful book is destined to be a hit with imaginative little ones. -- Allyce Amidon, Foreword Reviews John Martz is a master of inventive comics storytelling, and this is the kind of book I wish I'd had when I was a kid: inspiring, eye-opening, and never not fun. A Cat Named Tim is a treasure chest of wonderful. -- Ryan North, Adventure Time, Dinosaur Comics

About the Author

John Martz is a cartoonist and illustrator in Toronto, ON. He is the creator of the wordless online comic strip Machine Gum, and the illustrator of several picture books including Abbott & Costello's Who's On First? (Quirk Books, 2013). His comics and illustrations have appeared in The Globe & Mail, MAD Magazine, Lucky Peach, Canadian Notes & Queries, and kus! He won the 2013 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Story for his comic book Gold Star (Retrofit Comics, 2012). His book, A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories, was shortlisted for The Governor General's Literary Awards and was nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7).

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48 pages


John Martz
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Koyama Press

Publication date

13th September 2016



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