The Adventures of Team Pom: Squid Happens




Synchronized Swimming



Social-Emotional Learning



Isabel Roxas


Team Pom (comprised of Ruby, Agnes, and Roberta) is a group of misfits that’s main goal is winning the illustrious local synchronized swimming competition. Unfortunately, they need some sweet moves and an infinite supply of bao to get their creativity flowing. However, there’s also a mystery afoot! Things begin going missing, and there’s a pair of large rodents poking around while wearing mysterious bowler hats and sunglasses. Will Team Pom be able to win the competition and find out where this giant squid came from??

Team Pom is a fun graphic novel by Filipino artist Isabel Roxas, who probably loves bao as much as Roberta does (but honestly, who doesn’t). It’s a great introductory book, doesn’t have any super scary moments, and sits comfortably in the space between fantasy and reality. I’m looking forward to seeing where this series goes, and obviously excited for more reasons to steam some bao for photos.

This book was kindly sent by Flying Eye, but all opinions are my own!

Isabel Roxas

Isabel Roxas is an author/illustrator, indie publisher, ceramicist and avid reader.She was born in Manila, Philippines, was raised on luscious mangoes, old wives’ tales, and monsoon moons. She is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and graduated with a Masters in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. She is now based in NYC where she writes and illustrates stories, designs books, bakes delicious things and creates small objects out of clay and resin.Isabel has illustrated several books for young readers, including Our Skin  by Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli, Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê  (named an NPR Best Book of 2016) and Day at the Market by May Tobias-Papa (2010 winner of the Philippine National Book Award).

Isabel is a frequent contributor to Babybug and Ladybug magazine as well as the free Sunday comic newsletter SundayHaHa.Her debut comic book for young readers, The Adventures of Team Pom: SQUID HAPPENS is out in the wild starting June 8th, 2021.Isabel is a member of The Society of Illustrators, SCBWI and Ang INK (Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan).She also publishes artist books and zines for children under the imprint Little Big Time Press.

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