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Mr. Big: A Tale of Pond Life Paperback – September 15, 2012


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press; 1 edition (September 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616089679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616089672
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Devastated by the loss of their children and determined not to let any other creature die, the fish make a desperate bargain with the crows for the murder of Mr. Big, the pond’s resident snapping turtle. But the crayfish know that Mr. Big serves a purpose, and with him gone, what new horror will take his place? The Dembickis’ graphic novel started out as a series of minicomics, growing from an experience Carol had while volunteering at a summer camp. The first two stories were clearly written as stand-alones, though they fit well with the main story. There is enough anthropomorphizing to make the tale appealing to fantasy readers, enough suspense to catch the attention of those who like drama, and all the nature that budding environmentalists could ask for. The bold art uses unique perspectives, varying fonts, strong outlines, and a realistically green palette to bring to life the world of one small pond. An afterword explains about the balance of life. Recommend this to fans of Jay Hosler’s Clan Apis (2000). Grades 3-6. --Snow Wildsmith

About the Author

Carol Dembicki works mainly on short stories, some of which have been adapted into comics. She is currently writing a story about one of her favorite topics—the supernatural.

Matt Dembicki is a cartoonist and writer. He was the editor for Trickster: Native American Tales, and is finishing work on his Ignatz Award–nominated Xoc, a graphic novel about a great white shark. Matt is also a founding member of the D.C. Conspiracy, a comics creators’ collaborative in Washington, DC.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on January 7, 2013
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My family and I just read this out loud, each of us leaning in to see the pictures. I have a girl and three boys ages 7, 6, 5 and 2. We all enjoyed it. The older two will be able to read most of the book on their own. Each of the kids listened with enthusiasm to the entire story. We all learned how important balance to a small pond eco system is. We also learned what an Asian snakehead fish is, and we agree with the crayfish in the story, the snapping turtle may be a bad predator, however "if you get rid of him nature will fill the void perhaps with something worse-something darker." This is a wonderful mini comic or graphic novel with educational content, displayed in a gripping tale, with wonderful illustrations. We all recommend this book!
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