Synopses & Reviews
Copper is curious, Fred is fearful. And together boy and dog are off on a series of adventures through marvelous worlds, powered by Copper's limitless enthusiasm and imagination.
Each Copper and Fred story in this graphic novel collection is a complete vignette, filled with richly detailed settings and told with a wry sense of humor. These two enormously likable characters build ships and planes to travel to surprising destinations and have a knack for getting into all sorts of odd situations.
Copper's good cheer always smooths the way — and Fred can usually be won over if there's food involved.
"Kibuishi (the Amulet series) collects his long-running Web comic about Copper, a human boy, and his talking dog, Fred, who go on a series of short adventures, traveling through a world that is sometimes fantastical and occasionally dystopian. In one memorable strip, Copper and Fred bounce precariously across the tops of giant mushrooms; in another they enjoy a nice meal at an urban restaurant. The art is wonderful, a pastel palette capturing imaginative landscapes, and the wide variety of vehicles Copper and Fred travel in are delightfully designed. As whimsical as it all is, the dialogue sometimes gets in the way of Kibuishi's playful world. Fred is so pessimistic and filled with self-doubt that some readers may wish he couldn't talk at all. In one strip, Fred's unjustified worrying is so great that he is unable to enjoy a fishing trip because he dreads a perfect moment coming to an end. Copper acts as Fred's constant optimistic foil, telling him that it will all turn out all right, even as the wings drop off their homemade helicopter (it does turn out all right). Kibuishi's introduction explaining that he was depressed when he began the strip may go over younger readers' heads. Ages 8 - up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Kibuishi...brings his fantasy sensibility and melancholy tones to the classic adventures-of-a-boy-and-his-dog model.... Despite their differences, their bond remains strong." Booklist
"For thoughtful readers, this whimsical pastiche of imagination and dreams may be just the ticket." Kirkus Reviews
"Copper is gentle and child-accessible, but richly sophisticated and colorful enough to lure in adult readers....It has its own gentle positives, especially for Flight fans looking for still more brightly colored design experiments, but it's a pretty laid-back experience. (Grade: B)" The Onion AV Club
About the Author
Kazu Kibuishi works from his home studio in Pasadena, California, creating and promoting Flight and his popular young adult comic Daisy Kutter, which was nominated as an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults — the only graphic novel on the list in 2005.