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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891830937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891830938
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,807,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Beautifully written, spare like Beckett, only far, far more entertaining, this book about four rats arguing over a ball of crap has strong indie cred, but quietly channels something deeper. Moe and his friend Preston, who suffers from a swollen nose when upset, find a small crap ball, which Aldo cherishes; Moe tries to pretend they're not interested, so the loser rat will leave their plaything alone. Aldo breaks the ball, and a fat rat with eczema around its nipples persuades him to go on a journey to a mythically large pile of crap to get more. Meanwhile, Moe and Preston play on a corpse while Moe insults Preston's mother. The art is rough black lines on a white background, a stark departure from the author's usual beautifully shaded drawings, and the book resembles a little self-published thing-but the art and binding fit the story completely. Darkly funny, and truly excellent, with a hint of the spiritual in its obscenity, it's reminiscent of Anders Nilsen's Dogs and Water but nastier and more likely to make you laugh. The dialog is truly superb.
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Three what?--gophers? little rodents, anyway--enact a legend of friendship, exclusion, and self-esteem in minimalist cartoonist French's diminutive, one-panel-per-page, new book. Preston finds a ball of crap, calls Moe over for an opinion. "Could be something great wrapped in crap," he opines, but then sweet-natured Aldo comes by, and the two pals decide, "We're late for a meeting." They and Aldo part ways, the latter in disappointment, since he wants to be their friend. Preston's nose inexplicably swells, and Moe rags him about it as they climb a rock, poke around a dead body, and sleep in a glove. Aldo forages, too, with Moe and Preston's rejection heavy on his mind, and when he discovers a plausible means to impress them, soothes himself. "I'm cool," he purrs. Sometimes this all seems sentimental and fey; sometimes, disgusting; most of the time, eccentrically impressive. Ray Olson
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I don't know what to say about this. Odd, obscure, weird, disturbing ... very disturbing. The book is a palm-sized square, however the original art was done in one-inch squares and is very simplistic yet charged with emotion. The mole characters (naked mole rats the back cover tells me) are fighting over a ball of crap; somehow this is absorbing. One of them gets upset and his nose swells up and again somehow I feel sorry for him. Next they go off and investigate another object which we only get small glimpses of certain portions of it since it is so big. It is with frightening dismay when the simple words and recognition of an eye come together and we are sickened to realize it is a human corpse. The story continues; there is life and death, sadness and joy, curiosity and acceptance. Ultimately bizarre and yet somehow sentimental. The book is not for children, there is swearing and as I've said it is disturbing, but absorbingly so :-)
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara on September 9, 2014
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very stupid book. sorry to say that. it was offensive and there was no kind of story. I liked the paper used and will recycle it into something new.
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