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Flight Explorer Volume 1by Kazu Kibuishi
Synopses & Reviews
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...
"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.)
"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)
"[S]hort, beautifully drawn, vividly colored comics stories covering a wide variety of topics....
"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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