4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
for adults too,
This review is from: Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity (Paperback)
This book is like those Pixar movies, where 75% of the dialog is targeted to adults, and way over the heads of its intended audience of 8 and older.
I loved this book and laughed out loud on every page. The author unapologetically parodies every style of comic from anime, super-hero, mecha, romance. If you love comics pick up this book and laugh at every little panel, from the book titles kids hold in their hands, to the principal explaining the Academy to parents ...it's hilarious.
But it is not just funny, there are also beautifully presented themes that permeate the book such as "hearts," heart classes, hearts in containers, hearts taken out, hearts broken and repaired. This from student, Marcos Stamatis, "by the time I retrieved my heart, it was shattered in two. I did get it mended, but now whenever I reabsorb it, my body feels overwhelmed and out of balance"...these phrases along with Marcos floating amongst the stars was so poetic and perhaps underappreciated under the cutesy artwork.
With regards to the artwork.... on the surface, it appears simple and childlike, but writer and artist, Dave Ramon is the master of his trade, and the simplest twitch of an eyebrow can express many meanings. Look at Guidance Counselor Bee who has a mirror helmet for a head, yet in every panel, his hands clearly expresses what he means when he works with the kids.
My favorite class, Tactical Randomness Workshop, were students pretend to be a sign post or a butterfly is just one of many stories in this book, another, The Battle of the bunnies of Hoppiton against the crow-people is another...all in a day for students at the Astronaut Academy.