Katherine Tegen Books Chunky
Katherine Tegen Books Chunky

Chunky

By Yehudi Mercado

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Publication Date: June 22, 2021

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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

In this full-color middle grade graphic memoir for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Jerry Craft, Yehudi Mercado draws inspiration from his childhood struggle with his weight while finding friendship with his imaginary mascot, Chunky, as he navigates growing up in a working-class Mexican Jewish family.

Hudi needs to lose weight, according to his doctors. Concerned about the serious medical issue Hudi had when he was younger, his parents push him to try out for sports. Hudi would rather do anything else, but then he meets Chunky, his imaginary friend and mascot. Together, they decide to give baseball a shot.Hudi has found the cheerleader he never had, as Chunky cheers him on even when Hudi barely makes the team. Baseball doesn’t go well (unless getting hit by the ball counts), but the two friends have a great time drawing and making jokes. While Hudi’s parents keep trying to find the right sport for him, Chunky encourages him to pursue his true love—comedy.But when Hudi’s dad loses his job, it gets harder for Hudi to chart his own course, even with Chunky’s guidance. Can Chunky help Hudi stay true to himself, or will this friendship strike out?

About the Author

Yehudi Mercado is a former pizza delivery driver and art director for Disney Interactive. He is currently a writer-artist-animator living in Los Angeles. His books include Sci-Fu, Hero Hotel, Rocket Salvage, and Fun Fun Fun World. He was a storyboard artist on the DC Super Hero Girls animated series. He is currently show running the Hero Hotel podcast for the Pinna audio network and writing and directing an original animated short for Nickelodeon. You can find him at www.supermercado.pizza.

Format: Paperback

Length: 208 pages

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: June 22, 2021

ISBN: 9780062972781

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