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  • National Contest Winner’s Pets Featured in Latest DC Super-Pets Book, Eisner Award-Winner Art Baltazar Illustrates New Book January 12, 2012
  • MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Jan. 12, 2012 – Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, announces the publication of its highly anticipated new chapter book, The Amazing Mini-Mutts, which stars the pets of its nationwide student writing contest winner Cloey Nyberg.

    Cloey, now a fourth grader at Pyrtle Elementary School in Lincoln, Neb., was selected from more than 450 national entries. Cloey’s fictional characters, Luna Moon (a Beagle with super-sniffing talents) and Sprightly Steve (a Pomeranian/Chihuahua with lightning speed), are featured characters in The Amazing Mini-Mutts, illustrated by Eisner Award-winning comic book artist Art Baltazar.

    “We were so impressed with Cloey’s fun and well-written story. She’s an exceptionally talented kid and we’re thrilled for readers to meet Luna Moon and Sprightly Steve in this exciting, new adventure,” said Michael Dahl, Editorial Director of Capstone Fiction.

    In The Amazing Mini-Mutts, Luna Moon and Sprightly Steve join the courageous Super-Pets, Krypto the Super-Dog and Ace the Bat-Hound, at the Bowwow Boot Camp, a school for up-and-coming pups with powers. They're ready to show this new breed of heroes a few old tricks. Unfortunately, Brainicat, an evil cyborg kitty from the planet Colu, wants to teach these canine cadets a lesson as well.

    The “My Pet is Super!” contest asked children to write an article for the world’s most famous imaginary newspaper, The Daily Planet, about why their own pet is super. Cloey will receive the original illustration of her characters as well as copies of the new book.

    A digital review copy The Amazing Mini-Mutts is available on www.NetGalley.com.

    The Amazing Mini-Mutts
    By Donald Lemke
    978-1-4048-6488-7 (library binding) • $16.99 • Available Jan. 2
    978-1-4048-7218-9 (paperback) • $4.95 • Available Feb. 1
    56 pages
    Copyright 2012
    Ages 6-8
    Interest Level: Grades 1-3
    Reading Level: Grades 2

    The Amazing Mini-Mutts is one of six new titles in the DC Super-Pets series. The series launched in January 2011, through a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment. The series illustrator is Art Baltazar who won the comic industry’s top award, the Eisner, for his work on the kid-friendly Tiny Titans series. The DC Super-Pets series features the crime-fighting adventures of the pets of favorite super heroes from beloved DC Comics: Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. These intrepid Super-Pets—Krypto the Super-Dog, Ace the Bat-Hound, Streaky the Super-Cat, Beppo the Super-Monkey, Jumpa the Super-Kangaroo, and their friends—save the day and foil the evil plans of the universe’s most dastardly super villains (and their pets!).

    All related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.
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