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YA-Chunky Rice is an anthropomorphic turtle who follows his urge to move on, leaving behind lovesick Dandele, a bug-eyed mouse, and a dreamy longshoreman. Chunky books passage on a barely seaworthy craft piloted by a shady skipper. Conjoined twins Ruth and Livonia are also on board. Back on shore, Dandele sends bottled missives out to sea and the longshoreman's injured pet bird, Merle, heals and regains flight. Thompson presents this bittersweet and engaging story in black-and-white panels that flow and tip into one another, giving the story motion that is reminiscent of the ocean against Chunky's boat and at Dandele's feet. The narrative intersperses past and present so that each character's motives become clear. Solid storytelling is expanded by the images, resulting in a fully realized literary work. The sea captain's posturing is fittingly retrograde and the twins are, by turns, self-exploitive and just plain folks. Chunky, Dandele, the longshoreman, and Merle, however, are unremitting winners. This book will be popular with both inveterate comics readers and those new to graphic literature.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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Short and sweet, this was fun to read. It was thoughtfully crafted and the characters lovable, though I'll have to read it again because I felt like perhaps I was missing bits here... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah Greeley
I heard an interview with the author and as I have not read many graphic novels, decided to purchase some of Thompson's works. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Young
Beautiful. I finished it in one sitting and had to stop myself from tearing up. Wish it were longer!!!Published 8 months ago by Trix
Craig Thompson, please continue to write amazing stories and I will continue to give you my money.Published 9 months ago by Xanthus
A touching and heart warming coming of age story of loniness and personal bonds. In this book, Craig Thompson has not only display the values of love and affection, but also the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Hannah
I know I should not feel strong emotion over a graphic novel about a little turtle but this book haunted me long after I had finished it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Matteo_B