I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the Quest Kids and the Dragon Pants of Gold by Mark Leiknes Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Quest Kids is one of the best new middle grade series we’ve read this year! We’re huge fans of The Last Kids on Earth and Diary of a Wimpy Kid in our household so this was right up on alley. My youngest and I have been reading this one aloud and it’s great fun. Highly illustrated with blended prose and comic panels, Quest Kids is a fun, engaging read even for the most reluctant of readers. We highly recommend it!

To learn more, check out the rest of my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! You won’t want to miss this one.

About The Book

Author: Mark Leiknes
Pub. Date: September 13, 2022
Publisher: Union Square Kids
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 336
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, TBD, Bookshop.org

Comics artist Mark Leiknes delivers a laugh-out-loud story set in a fantastic world of dragons, rock creatures, and golden loungewear.

The Quest Kids are ready for their first real quest. This time, they won’t oversleep, they won’t be put off by a little rain, and they won’t accidentally burn down the village that hired them. All they have to do is find the Golden-Fleeced Rage Beast, shave it, and make a really nice golden tracksuit to appease a furious dragon. Simple, right?

Meet the Quest Kids crew: Gil, a wizard (well, wizard in training . . . the beard isn’t his); Terra, a 700-year-old elf kid; Boulder, a rock troll who is more of a cook than a fighter; Ash, a flatulent pig-dog-maybe-lizard hybrid; and, Ned, the intrepid and overly optimistic leader with his own personal quest to find his missing parents. With humor, magic, mystery, and at least one acid swamp filled with skeletal alligators, Quest Kids and the Dragon Pants of Gold is a richly illustrated saga of fantasy friendship for readers from all kingdoms! 


“Young readers dipping their toes into fantasy realms will find plenty to enjoy here….The illustrations bounce along as quickly as the text, making this a bubbly read, one that quickly grabs attention and doesn’t require much hand-holding…. A rip-roaring good time.” — Kirkus Reviews

About Mark Leiknes

Mark Leiknes lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife and three kids. He produced a nationally syndicated comic strip for eight years and now he writes and illustrates books that he hopes his kids will enjoy. And most times they do!

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1 winner will receive a finished copy of QUEST KIDS AND THE DRAGON PANTS OF GOLD, US Only.

Ends September 20th, midnight EST.

Tour Schedule

Week One:

9/5/2022@jacleomik33 IG Review
9/6/2022One More Exclamation Review/IG Post
9/7/2022Ya Books CentralGuest Post
9/8/2022The Bookwyrm’s DenReview 

Week Two:

9/12/2022Eye-Rolling Demigod’s Book BlogReview/IG Post
9/13/2022Nonbinary Knight ReadsReview/IG Post
9/14/2022@froggyreadteachIG Review/Read Part of Book Out Loud
9/15/2022The Momma SpotReview/IG Post
9/16/2022@just_another_mother_with_booksIG Review

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