Synopses & Reviews
The Glorkian Warrior isn't the brightest bulb in the box, so it's good he's got his trusty talking backpack to advise him as they set out on a perilous journey to deliver a pizza. The pizza's got clams and peanut butter on it, so it's not clear who's going to want it, but deliver it they will. With bright, lively illustrations and classic pratfalls, this graphic novel for kids is 112 pages of super icky gross-out humor and ludicrously bad decisions— in other words, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza is a winner.
"Johnny Boo creator Kochalka introduces a three-eyed, three-toothed, pink alien who sets a new intergalactic bar for nincompoopery. In the course of 20 brief chapters, the Glorkian Warrior attempts to deliver a pizza never mind that the phone call ordering it was a wrong number (luckily, he has a leftover peanut butter and clam pizza in the fridge). The plot is driven forward by the Glorkian Warrior's banter with his yellow Super Backpack 'Well, here we go, I guess,' says the unenthusiastic backpack as they set out. 'Our stupid destiny awaits!' and their encounters with potential foes, who often aren't what they seem. Kochalka sets the action against swirling purple skies and a rocky multicolor landscape, and his clean, emphatic cartooning gives every pratfall, explosion, and head-butt maximum impact. Eventually, the story meanders back to where it started, leading Super Backpack to wonder, 'Does that mean this whole adventure was for nothing?' From a plot perspective, yes, but fans of Kochalka's brand of absurdity (or who want to watch the Glorkian Warrior punch himself in the face a lot) will still have reason to tune in. Ages 5 9. (Mar.)Ã¢Â–" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"The Glorkian Warrior is going to make you hungry!" —Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time
"Vibrantly weird and wonderful." - Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
James Kochalka is the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. He's the author and illustrator of several popular children's book series, including Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher. Dragon Puncher Island won an Eisner Award in 2012 for Best Publication for Early Readers, but he's also won the Harvey Award and four Ignatz Awards for his books for adults. Kochalka lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife and two sons. Following a rich career in indie comics, The Glorkian Warrior is his first book with a traditional publisher.