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Wild Animals, Vol. 1 (v. 1) Paperback – September 30, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Wild Animals (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759529388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759529380
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,034,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ma Xiaojun develops from a schoolboy who runs with a pack of peers into one who, in a new school, realizes that there may be more to life than just fisticuffs and bravado—and that “more” is the opposite sex. Set during China’s Cultural Revolution, the story arc here mimics memories: loosely linked vignettes through which the reader circles ever closer to familiarity with the protagonist. Interesting panel flows and sizes, and expressive close-ups further echo the sense of reminiscence. Ma Xiaojun’s authenticity is compelling. Grades 10-12. --Francisca Goldsmith

About the Author

Song Yang is a star in the world of Chinese comics. His works are especially popular in France, where many of his works have seen publication.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. McGill on January 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
This manga stood out on the shelf. It isn't like most of the others. A real kid tells his story and the art is fresh and new (the artist didn't just learn how to imitate other manga artists, but went somewhere new.) The historical setting is also intriguing, especially since it takes place in China during the cultural revolution rather than Japan during the Samurai period (quite overdone.) I also like that it will only have two volumes. I am allergic to stories that never end (and thus, keep telling more or less the same story over and over.) Volumes 1-745 of other series are bound to crowd it out on the shelf, but look for it! Buy it! Encourage it!
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By Kayuga on September 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is about a young boy who is nothing but trouble but falls in love with a girl who you know he doesn't end up with because he's 30yrs old in the begining of the book and reminiscing about her. It takes place during the cultural revolution in China.
The artwork is inconsistent. He does some great upclose shots. but for the most part, the art work is only decent.
The plot is hard to follow in the begining because the characters suffer from not being clearly defined visually.
the story tends to meander a long and you only can really follow it, or understand it due to the narration.
This manga is only okay. Interesting if only because there are no other manga's set during this time period available in the U.S.
it's only two volumes, so i don't regret my purchase..but it's just not that incredible, and the sentiments expressed in it are nothing we haven't seen before and are also not accomplished in a way that is orginal.
The action scenes are almost impossible to follow. at times, the artwork is incredibly sloppy.

ALL THAT BEING SAID. it's still worth checking out.
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