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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions (August 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891830503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891830501
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 4-7. In this graphic novel about the young animal characters who live in the Town, Turnip the elephant is using the summer to find his artistic voice through sculpture, his friend Stucky the dog is building a submarine, and Ana the rabbit is working on the town's underground newspaper. Their stories all wind around the town's deep, dark secret about the monster that lives in the pond. Kids who enjoyed novels such as Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy and Roald Dahl's Matilda will find a similar sense of adventure here. The characters seem like real children, wholesome without being too sweet, and Renier's art is light and fun, a sort of Babar meets underground comix. Readers older and younger than the target audience will enjoy this, too. Tina Coleman
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More About the Author

AARON RENIER was born and raised in Green Bay Wisconsin. He has been drawing comics, in one way or another, for as long as he can remember. His illustrations have appeared in a wide variety of places, including turning an entire city bus into a moving aquarium. He won the Eisner award for cartoonist deserving wider recognition for his first graphic novel Spiral-Bound. He is the illustrator of a series of books about the knights of the roundtable by Gerald Morris, and a picture book by Alice Shertle titled An Anaconda Ate My Homework. He lives in Chicago IL, with his dog trusty hound, Beluga.

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This is a fun hilarious story.
Gregory A. Huneryager
Renier has uniquely created characters and a world that co-exsist with each other beautifully.
Paula S. Wallace
This is one of those books that is great for kids or adults, like a Pixar movie.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Arpad Lep on August 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
the problem i've had in describing this comic to my friends (as i have, to anyone who will listen, since i read it) is that as soon as you say "this book is great for adults and kids" it immediately gets pushed into the children's books catagorey, with dick and jane and captain underpants and what have you. spiral-bound's characters are ageless, something between twelve and twenty two, but who knows? it is a book that's written about adult situations and adult characters, but at the same time, totally excellent for kids, with a good message, all that. it reads like clive barker or lemony snicket or.. like a talented writer wrote it. the story is engrossing, the art is beatiful, the story is sweet and multi-layered, the world is great. all around great, great read for comics lovers of all ages, and 1000% times better for your kid than some harry potter book. great! buy this right now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By emergencystoppingonly on March 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
The kind of cartoon books I love are the kind that take you so far into a fantasy world that you get lost in it, and regardless of how impossible it seems to have talking animals you get swept up in their lives anyway. That kind of magic happens once in a blue moon for me in books like Jeff Smith's Bone and some Disney stuff. Spiral Bound is one of those books. Not only is it beautifully drawn (and I am very very very particular and critical about how funny animal cartoons should look like if you are going to be original about your design), but wonderfully played out. The characters are so lovable, too.
This is one of those books that is great for kids or adults, like a Pixar movie. No cartoonist should be without this book to learn from and be inspired by.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Schweizer on February 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Spiral-Bound is one of those rarest of birds, a book that is truly engaging to both children AND adults - either group could be positive that the book was written for them, and simply HAPPENED to be accessible to the other demographic.

The characters are very true-to-life, with each one demonstrating the best and worst that a particular dominant personality trait can exhibit - a desire for the truth, for example, can lead one to be bold and courageous and inventive, but it can also cause one to overlook the feelings and concerns of others in the attempt to find and expose that truth. Children can learn a great deal from the wonderfully nuanced characters and plot, and adults can enjoy an engaging and whimsical story that winds as much as the underground press tunnels featured in these pages.

I'd say that this is easily among, if not the best, children's graphic novels ever created.
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This is a fun hilarious story. It does have one bit where it "jumps the shark" with a bit that I think even a little kid will think, 'that wouldn't work.' Regardless of that it's a great well drawn story. I think kids will like and if you're an adult fan of comics like Sugar and Spike or old Plastic Man comics I think you'll like it to.
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