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Spiral-Bound Paperback – September 13, 2005

4.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions (September 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891830503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891830501
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,550,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
For a start I'd like to mention that the publisher did not provide me with the full book, I received about a half of it. Unfortunately, it wasn't mentioned in the description on Netgalley since I tend to avoid partial reads. You can't really get a full image from simply glancing at it. But, on the other hand, I wasn't really much into the story anyway. It only just started to be interesting when the sample ended and I was left hanging.

This story is designed for kids and yet I have a feeling a kid would get lost here and quickly get bored. Characters are fun, but a bit chaotic. You don't really know what's going on most of the time. Until, finally, you're getting some explanation, some hint of a character's destination, what they need to do and who will be actually doing it.

The book does look like fun it certainly has a potential. I did like the variety of character portrayed as animals. All of them walking, flying and driving in big aquariums around the town. I liked that part.

With a story like this book could really use some colors. Especially with the audience, it was intended. The simple black and white drawings were nicely done, but I still wished for some colors at least in some places. Or maybe some textures here and there.

To sum it up, the novel seems fine and a good ending might add a point or two, but, for now, I can only tell you I did not enjoy it much.
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Format: Paperback
'Spiral-Bound: Top Secret Summer' by Aaron Renier follows around an adorable cast of animal characters as they follow different pursuits.

In a town full of all kinds of animals (including whales that roll around in giant aquariums), we meet a series of younger animals that are looking for things to do for the summer. Little elephant Turnip wants to go to art school to create a sculpture based on Viola, the girl he's got a crush on. His friend Stucky, a dog, wants to finish up a submarine he's making. A little bunny named Carrot Flower may have a chance to join and underground newspaper. There are also concerts and town conspiracies.

The story was a bit confusing at times, but the black and white drawings are what kept me turning the pages. Every frame is filled with details, and the animals that inhabit the pages are cute beyond measure. It's a perfectly appropriate graphic novel for kids, and I enjoyed it.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Top Shelf Productions, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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Format: Paperback
This is a graphic novel that is full of delightful, detailed black and white illustrations and a lot of action. There were times that as I read this, I was a little confused about what was going on, but it pulled together. In the town populated by animals the young ones are trying to fill their summer. The story opens with Turnip a shy elephant who meets Stucky the dog with a lot of friends. Stucky immediately invites him to join in the fun and go listen to the local band. There we meet more of the friends including Ana. Ana spends her time reporting for a secret underground newspaper with her photographer friend Emily. Turnip and Stucky head off to sculpture school each day where Turnip tries to make a life size sculpture of Viola, his secret crush, and Stucky is making a submarine to see what it in the pond. Lots of adventures, destruction, disappointments and fun ensue in this story. Kids will enjoy it.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Format: Paperback
I had to stop reading this less than halfway through. The artwork is ADORABLE. The animals are so cute and every panel was incredibly detailed. But I could not follow the story for the life of me. It kept jumping around and yet nothing really happened. The only reason I'm giving it two stars instead of one is because of the art.

As a middle school teacher, I like recommending graphic novels to struggling or reluctant readers. Unfortunately, I can see me students trying to read this and just getting frustrated and confused.

I received a copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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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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