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Fog Mound #01: Travels of Thelonious

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Publisher Comments:

In ancient times human beings ruled the Earth — at least that's what the old legends claim. But is it true?

Thelonious Chipmunk is a Talker — an animal who has inherited the gift of language — and he, for one, believes in humans. Who else could have made the old paper postcard he treasures? His desire to know more about humans is fulfilled in a surprising and dangerous way when Thelonious is swept down the river into a strange new world — a world where gangs and warlords prowl amongst the crumbling remains of civilization.

With three new companions, — a bear, a porcupine, and a lizard — Thelonious embarks on a search for the far-off Fog Mound. It is a journey that becomes nothing less than a quest to uncover the secrets of Earth's past.

Using alternate chapters of graphic novel and straight text, Susan Schade and Jon Buller have combined their writing and illustrating talents to create a book in which the form truly reflects the excitement and adventure of the story. Young readers, whether they have discovered graphic novels or not, will find this book a visual and reading delight.

Review:

"In this first book in the Fog Mound series, a husband-and-wife team's novel/graphic novel hybrid smoothly alternates chapters between prose and comic book panels. Thelonious Chipmunk lives in the Untamed Forest in a shaky tree house; he has moved away from home because his family doesn't share his belief that human beings really existed at one time. High-tension, comic-style panels chronicle the fellow being literally swept off his feet during a rainstorm, into the City of Ruins — complete with abandoned subways, stores and homes. He befriends Fitzgerald, a Vespa-driving porcupine who makes his home in a deserted bookstore. Together they meet the Olive Bear, who has learned to operate an 'ultra-light' helicopter, or 'velocicopter' (solar panels offer a convenient explanation for the problem of energy sources throughout the tale). Antics ensue, culminating in the discovery of a frozen human ('Frozen scientist,' a sign reads, 'Push red button to activate thawing process'), and the authors offer some savvy commentary on how members of any species should treat one another. The artwork's minimalist palette (black and blue) gives the story a quiet charm (even the prose sections contain an abundance of artwork), while a classy book design brings to mind Chris Ware, albeit more optimistic in theme. This tale creates a charming and compelling world, and ends with a whopper of a cliffhanger sure to bring readers back. Ages 8-12. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Alternating between written text for narrative sections and witty, detailed cartoons for more active chapters, the creators achieve an effective blend of storytelling and graphic novel." Children's Literature

Review:

"[A]lthough many answers are left for future volumes, this book will be a great way into prose for reluctant readers." Booklist

Review:

"[An] easy and entertaining read that will appeal to reluctant readers as well as those exploring the graphic-novel genre." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

By alternating chapters of graphic novel and straight text, husband-and-wife team Susan Schade and Jon Buller create a unique book about Thelonious--a talking chipmunk--who sets off with a bear, a porcupine, and a lizard to uncover the secrets of Earth's past.

About the Author

Susan Schade and Jon Buller, a husband-and-wife team, have

worked together on many previous books for children. Jon does the

illustrating and Susan writes the stories. For the Fog Mound trilogy, Jon

went back to what first sparked his interest in drawing — comics. They

live in Lyme, Connecticut.

Susan Schade and Jon Buller, a husband-and-wife team, have

worked together on many previous books for children. Jon does the

illustrating and Susan writes the stories. For the Fog Mound trilogy, Jon

went back to what first sparked his interest in drawing — comics. They

live in Lyme, Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780689876844
Publisher:
Aladdin
Subject:
Animals
Illustrator:
Buller, Jon
Author:
Schade, Susan
Author:
Buller, Jon
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Science fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Fog Mound, The
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
May 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6.5 in
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 224 pages Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - English 9780689876844 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this first book in the Fog Mound series, a husband-and-wife team's novel/graphic novel hybrid smoothly alternates chapters between prose and comic book panels. Thelonious Chipmunk lives in the Untamed Forest in a shaky tree house; he has moved away from home because his family doesn't share his belief that human beings really existed at one time. High-tension, comic-style panels chronicle the fellow being literally swept off his feet during a rainstorm, into the City of Ruins — complete with abandoned subways, stores and homes. He befriends Fitzgerald, a Vespa-driving porcupine who makes his home in a deserted bookstore. Together they meet the Olive Bear, who has learned to operate an 'ultra-light' helicopter, or 'velocicopter' (solar panels offer a convenient explanation for the problem of energy sources throughout the tale). Antics ensue, culminating in the discovery of a frozen human ('Frozen scientist,' a sign reads, 'Push red button to activate thawing process'), and the authors offer some savvy commentary on how members of any species should treat one another. The artwork's minimalist palette (black and blue) gives the story a quiet charm (even the prose sections contain an abundance of artwork), while a classy book design brings to mind Chris Ware, albeit more optimistic in theme. This tale creates a charming and compelling world, and ends with a whopper of a cliffhanger sure to bring readers back. Ages 8-12. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Alternating between written text for narrative sections and witty, detailed cartoons for more active chapters, the creators achieve an effective blend of storytelling and graphic novel."
"Review" by , "[A]lthough many answers are left for future volumes, this book will be a great way into prose for reluctant readers."
"Review" by , "[An] easy and entertaining read that will appeal to reluctant readers as well as those exploring the graphic-novel genre."
"Synopsis" by , By alternating chapters of graphic novel and straight text, husband-and-wife team Susan Schade and Jon Buller create a unique book about Thelonious--a talking chipmunk--who sets off with a bear, a porcupine, and a lizard to uncover the secrets of Earth's past.
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