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Publisher Comments:

In the goofy space adventures of a little girl called Sardine, encounters aren't always friendly: weird creatures, cosmic squids, masters of the universe, talking clouds, and evil beings abound. In this volume of twelve stories, Supermuscleman, the chief executive dictator of the universe, is on a mission to make all the galaxy's kids behave. Sardine must enlist the help of her cousin Lou and her pirate uncle, the gruff Captain Yellow Shoulder, to outwit him and his evil plans.

The first book in an exciting new series by two of France's most talented comics authors, Sardine is a feast for the imagination of young readers. Emmanuel Guibert, an outstanding artist and graphic storyteller, takes a turn on the script, while Joann Sfar illuminates the writing with rambunctious, high-energy artwork.

Review:

"Punky heroes, interplanetary action and unpredictable bouts of silliness characterize these hyperbolic color comics. Sardine, a fearless red-haired urchin, wields a silver saber and killer enthusiasm. She travels on a rattletrap, fig-shaped spaceship called the 'Huckleberry', goes shoeless and wears blue tattered clothing; a grinning black kitten rides atop her floppy hat and hisses 'The End' at each episode's punch line. Sardine's Uncle Yellow Shoulder, a beefy, stubbled space pirate, 'teaches children to disobey,' according to one disgruntled villain; Sardine is his cutest and most dangerous trainee. She and the crew (including Little Louie, a boy who'd be at home in Sfar's Little Vampire books) tangle with their nemeses, the pencil-mustached Supermuscleman and lizardy brainiac Doc Krok. They also endure a dance-off on 'the loathsome planet Discoball' and kick back with a virtual-reality game called No-Child-Left-Behind-School II ('Isn't that game a little violent?' Yellow Shoulder wonders). Some episodes get rough — Sardine lures a 'space leech' into a rocket's fiery path and remorselessly chops fishy underwater aliens in half. Other moments are just gross, as when the baddies load Sardine and Louie's sundaes with nasty ingredients. Guibert and Sfar (co-creators of the 'Black Olives' series) sling jokes, make up funny names and backhandedly salute the original Star Wars movies by including a primordial soup slithering with creatures and a wacky cantina. Their plots are wispy, but the pirate humor and gothic panels — abundant with Jolly Rogers, drippy slime and creepy-crawly creatures — provide surprises in every space vignette. Ages 6-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Punky heroes, interplanetary action and unpredictable bouts of silliness characterize these hyperbolic color comics. Sardine, a fearless red-haired urchin, wields a silver saber and killer enthusiasm. She travels on a rattletrap, fig-shaped spaceship called the Huckleberry, goes shoeless and wears blue tattered clothing; a grinning black kitten rides atop her floppy hat and hisses 'The End' at each episode's punch line. Sardine's Uncle Yellow Shoulder, a beefy, stubbled space pirate, 'teaches [children] to disobey,' according to one disgruntled villain; Sardine is his cutest and most dangerous trainee. She and the crew (including Little Louie, a boy who'd be at home in Sfar's Little Vampire books) tangle with their nemeses, the pencil-mustached Supermuscleman and lizardy brainiac Doc Krok. They also endure a dance-off on 'the loathsome planet Discoball' and kick back with a virtual-reality game called No-Child-Left-Behind-School II ('Isn't that game a little violent?' Yellow Shoulder wonders). Some episodes get rough — Sardine lures a 'space leech' into a rocket's fiery path and remorselessly chops fishy underwater aliens in half. Other moments are just gross, as when the baddies load Sardine and Louie's sundaes with nasty ingredients. Guibert and Sfar (co-creators of the Black Olives series) sling jokes, make up funny names and backhandedly salute the original Star Wars movies by including a primordial soup slithering with creatures and a wacky cantina. Their plots are wispy, but the pirate humor and gothic panels — abundant with Jolly Rogers, drippy slime and creepy-crawly creatures — provide surprises in every space vignette. Ages 6-up. (May) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Sfar's off-kilter, slightly uglified art, reminiscent of a toned-down 'Beavis and Butthead,' gives the simple fun an unusual punch." Booklist

Review:

"With nonstop action, humor geared to multiple levels of cultural awareness and the promise of more episodes to come, even readers stubbornly resisting the trendy format's lure will find that, as Supermuscleman sneers shortly before gorily blasting his own foot, 'Resistance is futile.'" Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

With rambunctious, high-energy artwork and a clever, swashbuckling heroine, this new series by two of France's most talented comic authors is a feast for the imagination of young readers. Full color.

About the Author

Writer Emmanuel Guibert is also an outstanding artist and graphic storyteller. The author of Alan's War (forthcoming from First Second), he is a virtuoso talent both as a writer and an artist.

Artist Joann Sfar is the author of Vampire Loves, as well as The Professor's Daughter (also forthcoming from First Second), another collaboration with Emmanuel Guibert.

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girasolace, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by girasolace)
Funny, shamelessly juvenile, irreverent short cartoon stories about a space pirate, Uncle Yellow Shoulder, and his irascible orphan niece, Sardine, who regularly kick the butt of their stupid nemeses, Supermuscleman and Doc Krok, in outer space adventures rife with wacky, icky space beings and silly space structures.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596431263
Author:
Guibert, Emmanuel
Publisher:
First Second
Illustrator:
Pezzali, Walter
Illustrator:
Sfar, Joann
Author:
Sfar, Joann
Subject:
General
Subject:
CGN004070
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Cartoons and comics
Subject:
Space flight
Subject:
Life on other planets
Subject:
Pirates
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Edition Description:
Graphic Novels
Series:
Sardine in Outer Space
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 1 to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.12 x 0.305 in
Age Level:
06-11

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Product details 128 pages First Second - English 9781596431263 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Punky heroes, interplanetary action and unpredictable bouts of silliness characterize these hyperbolic color comics. Sardine, a fearless red-haired urchin, wields a silver saber and killer enthusiasm. She travels on a rattletrap, fig-shaped spaceship called the 'Huckleberry', goes shoeless and wears blue tattered clothing; a grinning black kitten rides atop her floppy hat and hisses 'The End' at each episode's punch line. Sardine's Uncle Yellow Shoulder, a beefy, stubbled space pirate, 'teaches children to disobey,' according to one disgruntled villain; Sardine is his cutest and most dangerous trainee. She and the crew (including Little Louie, a boy who'd be at home in Sfar's Little Vampire books) tangle with their nemeses, the pencil-mustached Supermuscleman and lizardy brainiac Doc Krok. They also endure a dance-off on 'the loathsome planet Discoball' and kick back with a virtual-reality game called No-Child-Left-Behind-School II ('Isn't that game a little violent?' Yellow Shoulder wonders). Some episodes get rough — Sardine lures a 'space leech' into a rocket's fiery path and remorselessly chops fishy underwater aliens in half. Other moments are just gross, as when the baddies load Sardine and Louie's sundaes with nasty ingredients. Guibert and Sfar (co-creators of the 'Black Olives' series) sling jokes, make up funny names and backhandedly salute the original Star Wars movies by including a primordial soup slithering with creatures and a wacky cantina. Their plots are wispy, but the pirate humor and gothic panels — abundant with Jolly Rogers, drippy slime and creepy-crawly creatures — provide surprises in every space vignette. Ages 6-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Punky heroes, interplanetary action and unpredictable bouts of silliness characterize these hyperbolic color comics. Sardine, a fearless red-haired urchin, wields a silver saber and killer enthusiasm. She travels on a rattletrap, fig-shaped spaceship called the Huckleberry, goes shoeless and wears blue tattered clothing; a grinning black kitten rides atop her floppy hat and hisses 'The End' at each episode's punch line. Sardine's Uncle Yellow Shoulder, a beefy, stubbled space pirate, 'teaches [children] to disobey,' according to one disgruntled villain; Sardine is his cutest and most dangerous trainee. She and the crew (including Little Louie, a boy who'd be at home in Sfar's Little Vampire books) tangle with their nemeses, the pencil-mustached Supermuscleman and lizardy brainiac Doc Krok. They also endure a dance-off on 'the loathsome planet Discoball' and kick back with a virtual-reality game called No-Child-Left-Behind-School II ('Isn't that game a little violent?' Yellow Shoulder wonders). Some episodes get rough — Sardine lures a 'space leech' into a rocket's fiery path and remorselessly chops fishy underwater aliens in half. Other moments are just gross, as when the baddies load Sardine and Louie's sundaes with nasty ingredients. Guibert and Sfar (co-creators of the Black Olives series) sling jokes, make up funny names and backhandedly salute the original Star Wars movies by including a primordial soup slithering with creatures and a wacky cantina. Their plots are wispy, but the pirate humor and gothic panels — abundant with Jolly Rogers, drippy slime and creepy-crawly creatures — provide surprises in every space vignette. Ages 6-up. (May) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Sfar's off-kilter, slightly uglified art, reminiscent of a toned-down 'Beavis and Butthead,' gives the simple fun an unusual punch."
"Review" by , "With nonstop action, humor geared to multiple levels of cultural awareness and the promise of more episodes to come, even readers stubbornly resisting the trendy format's lure will find that, as Supermuscleman sneers shortly before gorily blasting his own foot, 'Resistance is futile.'"
"Synopsis" by , With rambunctious, high-energy artwork and a clever, swashbuckling heroine, this new series by two of France's most talented comic authors is a feast for the imagination of young readers. Full color.
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