Y’all know I love a good graphic novel, and I’m so excited to share a new favorite with you all today!
Squid Happens is the first book in a new series by Isabel Roxas called The Adventures of Team Pom. Squid Happens opens with a mysterious pair of rats in a very small submarine chasing a squid who manages to evade them.
We are then introduced to Shadyside, a neighborhood in Queens, New York, and three oddballs who live there. We meet Agnes—who is obsessed with pigeons, Ruby—an oceanography nerd, and Roberta—a “Type A” synchronized swimmer. Together the girls make up Team Pom, a quirky synchronized swimming team. They want to take down the Brighton Beach Mermaids and win first place, but the kids in their neighborhood just misunderstand their routines. They believe they have the key to their victory when they discover Cyd the squid hiding in their community center’s pool, but they end up uncovering something much bigger than competition.
Squid Happens is a fun read packed with joy, friendship, adventure, and humor. Roberta, Ruby, and Agnes each have their own unique identity and I love the dynamic of the friendship between them. And of course, because this is a graphic novel, the illustrations do a wonderful job of capturing the personalities of the characters. Plus, Cyd the squid is just so cute!
Squid Happens officially releases tomorrow, but you can preorder your copy today wherever books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon. (Please note: Some links provided are affiliate links. Affiliate links allow me to receive a small commission for recommendations at no cost to you. This commission is used to maintain this site and to continue bringing content to you. I always appreciate your support!)
Isabel Roxas is an author, illustrator, and indie publisher based in New York City. Please visit her website at studioroxas.com to learn more about her and her work.
I want to thank Flying Eye Books for providing me with a review copy of The Adventures of Team Pom: Squid Happens. It was an absolute delight and I can’t wait to see how the series unfolds.