Hudi has always wanted to be a comedian and is a frequent viewer of his favorite show—Saturday Night Live. But life isn’t always a joke. A serious medical issue when he was five left him with only one lung. Now the doctors are urging him to lose weight so his parents push him into sports to increase his level of activity. Not exactly what he wanted to do but an imaginary friend named Chunky is there to be his cheerleader.
First it’s baseball, then soccer, swimming, and tennis. Each one is nothing short of a disaster. Hudi does have some success in football, but his old school Texas coach has vicious methods and would prefer his players take out the other team with a purposeful injury.
Meanwhile, dad loses his job and Chunky keeps encouraging Hudi to pursue his true love— comedy. The story is an autobiographical look into the author’s life transferred into this page turning graphic novel. The only Jewish-Mexican kid in the neighborhood is finally getting to tell his story.
Perfect for graphic novel fans and for those middle graders trying to find their own comfort spot in the world.
BOOK BIRTHDAY: June 22, 2021 PAGE COUNT: 208
FIVE MORE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT CHUNKY by Yehudi Mercado
- A welcome addition to the middle grade level as personal identity is a topic that is often left to the imagination or not covered at all.
- Nicely done graphics, especially the two-page spread introducing each of the 7 chapters.
- Chunky provides a comical voice of reason. Something a lot of kids could use.
- Sports style commentary brought many smiles throughout.
- Being true to one self is the flag waving theme and this will be a graphic novel that won’t sit on the shelves for long.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Yehudi Mercado is a former pizza delivery driver and art director for Disney Interactive. He is currently a writer-artist-director living in Los Angeles by way of Austin Texas.
For more visit Yehudi at https://www.supermercado.pizza/
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