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Enter worlds beyond your imagination!

Join the adventures of Missile Mouse and Zita the Spacegirl.

Learn how a fish saves the earth from a giant asteroid.

Discover what it would be like to have a monster for a pet.

And much, much more...

Review:

"The multi-volume Flight anthology series has introduced a group of young cartoonists influenced more by animation than by American comics; this work is its new sibling, featuring 10 Flight artists writing and drawing short, whimsical stories aimed at middle-graders. Kibuishi leads it off with the two strongest stories: a cheerfully surreal episode of his own boy-and-his-dog series, Copper, in which the heroes traverse a chasm by jumping on giant mushrooms that turn out to be the heads of threatening creatures, and Johane Matte's 'Perfect Cat,' a little fable written and drawn in the style of mod '60s animation, about a grouchy alley cat in ancient Egypt who learns that feline perfection has its downside. The rest are more hit-and-miss: Kean Soo's 'First Snow,' an episode of his girl-and-her-monster series, Jellaby, is nearly plotless, and Jake Parker's 'Missile Mouse: The Guardian Prophecy' is pro forma sci-fi. Some pieces start with a funny premise (Ben Hatke's 'If Wishes Were Socks' concerns a girl, her robot and a magical wishing sock), but then spin their wheels. The book's full-color art is consistently stylish — Matthew Armstrong's 'Snow Cap' stands out visually — but readers may find themselves wishing for better developed tales. Ages 8-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"A welcome addition to the still-thin ranks of graphic fiction for younger children, this collection offers ten entertaining new tales from as many authors." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

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"[S]hort, beautifully drawn, vividly colored comics stories covering a wide variety of topics....[P]ractically any random page would make a lovely poster, and creative, joyous cleverness abounds. (Grade: A-)" The Onion AV Club

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"A Villard Books trade paperback original"--Back cover.

About the Author

Kazu Kibuishi is the editor and art director of Flight. He is also the creator of Copper, Daisy Kutter, and the new graphic novel series Amulet. He lives and works in Alhambra, California, with his wife, fellow comic artist Amy Kim Ganter. Visit his website at www.boltcity.com.

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crowyhead, July 22, 2008 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Kazu Kibushi is the editor of the popular graphic novel anthology Flight, and this is a smaller, similar anthology for younger readers. The stories here are mainly action-oriented, humorous, or both, and the artwork tends toward the cartoon-like. This is not to say this is a weak collection, however; there is much here that is immensely entertaining for both older and younger readers. Kibushi excels at finding artists and writers who have a hint of the surreal in their work, and that is in evidence here. All of the artists are clearly at the top of their game, as well -- most of these artists struck me as being on the same level as Jeff Smith (Bone) or Christian Slade (Korgi), which is no small feat.

In addition to recommending this for kids themselves, I also particularly recommend this collection for librarians, parents, and educators who are looking for age-appropriate comics for the middle school and younger set.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345503138
Author:
Kibuishi, Kazu
Publisher:
Villard Books
Author:
Matte, Johane
Author:
Soo, Kean
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Anthologies
Subject:
Cartoons and comics
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Flight Explorer
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.92x6.10x.37 in. .58 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 112 pages Villard Books - English 9780345503138 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The multi-volume Flight anthology series has introduced a group of young cartoonists influenced more by animation than by American comics; this work is its new sibling, featuring 10 Flight artists writing and drawing short, whimsical stories aimed at middle-graders. Kibuishi leads it off with the two strongest stories: a cheerfully surreal episode of his own boy-and-his-dog series, Copper, in which the heroes traverse a chasm by jumping on giant mushrooms that turn out to be the heads of threatening creatures, and Johane Matte's 'Perfect Cat,' a little fable written and drawn in the style of mod '60s animation, about a grouchy alley cat in ancient Egypt who learns that feline perfection has its downside. The rest are more hit-and-miss: Kean Soo's 'First Snow,' an episode of his girl-and-her-monster series, Jellaby, is nearly plotless, and Jake Parker's 'Missile Mouse: The Guardian Prophecy' is pro forma sci-fi. Some pieces start with a funny premise (Ben Hatke's 'If Wishes Were Socks' concerns a girl, her robot and a magical wishing sock), but then spin their wheels. The book's full-color art is consistently stylish — Matthew Armstrong's 'Snow Cap' stands out visually — but readers may find themselves wishing for better developed tales. Ages 8-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A welcome addition to the still-thin ranks of graphic fiction for younger children, this collection offers ten entertaining new tales from as many authors."
"Review" by , "[S]hort, beautifully drawn, vividly colored comics stories covering a wide variety of topics....[P]ractically any random page would make a lovely poster, and creative, joyous cleverness abounds. (Grade: A-)"
"Synopsis" by , "A Villard Books trade paperback original"--Back cover.
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