Thin wallets, fat bookshelves: Simon & Schuster's kid books for fall

Children's book publishers haven't exactly rushed to lead the graphic novel parade, but neither have they ignored it entirely. Case in point: Simon & Schuster, who have a handful of comic and comic-related books coming out this fall, such as:

Burn by Camilla d'Errico. The artist on that Avril Lavigne manga that came out a few years ago tells his own story, about a young man who is merged with a sentient killer robot in a futuristic world. On sale Oct. 27, 124 pages, $9.99 paperback.

The Chronicles of Arthur: Sword of Fire and Ice by John Matthews and Mike Collins. A renowned Arthurian expert -- it says so in the catalog -- Matthews tells the story of Arthur's teen years with DC and Marvel veteran Collins handling the art chores. On sale Sept. 15, 128 pages, $14.99 paperback, $21.99 hardcover.

Amelia Rules! A Very Ninja Christmas by Jimmy Gownley. Amelia is looking forward to the holidays until she realizes her friend Pajamaman hasn't been getting any presents at all for the past three years. I'm not sure if this is all new material or collects stories from previous issues. On sale Oct. 6, 80 pages, $7.99 paperback.

Which Puppy? by Kate Feiffer. Illustrated by Jules Feiffer. I'm not sure why this is in the fall catalog, as it's in stores now, but hey, new Feiffer! This one's about how the Obama family got their dog, I think. On sale now, 32 pages, $16.99 hardcover.

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