K Is in Trouble (A Graphic Novel) (Paperback)

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K is the whole of what it feels like to be a child. You have no rights, no one cares for your comfort, no one believes you, and no one cares to try. K has many misadventures in this graphic novel but through it all he continues on, because what else can you do. The Edward Gordy art style is the Frank Kafka style surrealism that makes this feel like one of my favorite series growing up, A Series of Unfortunate Events. It helps that K goes through a series of unfortunate events. He does nothing the average child wouldn’t do, and he’s punished for it every time. This is the perfect book for little kids who know the world is unfair and want to commiserate with the protagonist.

— Sameah


A boy named K must navigate a world of outrageously unkind adults in this hysterical, Kafkaesque middle grade graphic novel, with art reminiscent of James Marshall.

K is nice, polite, and always does as he’s told. K is also always, always in trouble.  
No matter what he does or says, it seems there is someone ready to blame him for everything. K is in trouble for going to school. K is in trouble for staying home. K is in trouble for running an errand, getting sick, or just being thirsty. K gets into trouble with imperious crows, persnickety station agents, bombastic teachers, his own classmates...even one nice fresh carp.  
Whether it’s his easily annoyed parents or prickly pedestrians on the street, K gets on everyone’s bad side…and he didn’t even do anything wrong! 
Gary Clement takes a unique approach to the absurdities of childhood in this hilarious series opener that reinforces a timeless message: Most adults know less than a talking beetle.

About the Author

Gary Clement is a Canadian artist, cartoonist, illustrator, and writer. He’s the author and illustrator of several children’s books, among them The Great Poochini, which earned Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award in Children’s Literature—Illustration, and most recently illustrated My Winter City, written by James Gladstone. His illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and many other newspapers and magazines across North America. K Is in Trouble is his debut graphic novel.

Praise For…

"K is my new favorite hero, and my new favorite letter of the alphabet. If you like this book, then you are a wonderful person, and if you don't, then something is wrong with you."—Lemony Snicket

“In each of five graphic short stories, Clement presents a situation of powerlessness, oppression, or ennui in which K encounters a small moment of grace…a sympathetic and respectful portrait of the condition of being a child, a condition as familiar now as then.”—The Horn Book

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316468602
ISBN-10: 0316468606
Publisher: Little, Brown Ink
Publication Date: January 16th, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: K Is in Trouble