With flu season at the door, it’s no wonder you’ve got a major case of the heebie-jeebies.
Likewise for Julian Rodriguez, the 8-year-old germaphobe who takes center stage in the graphic novel written and illustrated by local author Alexander Stadler.
The precocious protagonist fancies himself a space officer on a mission, but when he faces an onslaught of relatives, his patience is thoroughly tested. Kids will no doubt identify with his dislike of peas, stew, and unwarranted squeezes from Nana.
Stadler’s nice enough to add a personalized message when you pick up a copy at Joseph Fox Bookshop.
Now that’s something we hope is contagious.
Available at Joseph Fox Bookshop, 1724 Sansom Street (215-563-4184 or foxbookshop.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Scholastic
Peoplehood Parade and Pageant
What: Watch the procession filled with puppets and papier-mâché sculptures wind through the streets, then catch their epic performance celebrating diversity.
Why: Follow the leader.
When: Sat. Parade, 1 p.m.; pageant, 2 p.m.
Where: Parade starts at Paul Robeson House, 4949 Walnut St. (215-222-6979); pageant, Clark Park, b/t Chester Ave. & 45th St., at the bowl. Map online at spiralq.org.
Little Boddhi Kids Yoga
What: Twisty tots (ages 2-4) get flexible with age-appropriate activities like storytelling and journaling.
Why: A stretch of the imagination.
When: Sign up now for session starting Oct. 17.
Where: Balance Health Center, 112 S. 20th St. (215-751-0344). Registration required.
Spooky Mini Golf
What: Music, fog, and lighting give the course a festive feel.
Why: Ghoul in one.
When: Thru Nov. 1. Sat. & Sun., dusk.
Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St. (215-629-4026).