“Newland’s cartoon illustrations feature his signature exaggerated facial features and contorted torsos that make his stories so engaging and fun to read. In Race to Pisa action and comedy collide in this farcical misadventure that exposes the foibles of an ego-maniacal monarch.” – Midwest Book Review (Peggy Tibbetts)
Race to Pisa! is about the smallest king in history, Nasty King Nedward. It’s about his jealousy over Jolly Roger, the rather large royal tailor. It’s about a nasty plan to get rid of this tailor and a balloon race involving clueless Scallywags, blistering blunderbuss balls, flimsy parachutes, and Belarius, the very notorious balloon master. It’s about nasty revenge plans gone awry and the real reason why the world—famous Tower of Pisa leans (a little to the left). Join the Scallywags once again as they revise history and remind us that you don’t need to be very beautiful or extremely intelligent to make your mark in the world. You just need courage and the ability to make a parachute out of your trousers.
Trevor Newland’s first children’s book, The Scallywag Solution, was published by Mosaic Press in 2014. His writing has appeared in WestWord Journal and The Vancouver Review. As a former songwriter based out of Vancouver and Los Angeles, Newland has composed/produced music for television and radio, and has been reviewed by numerous newspapers and magazines, including Canadian Musician Magazine. Currently, he teaches literature and creative writing at Langara College in Vancouver and is working on his first wordless graphic novel.