- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: AdHouse Books (July 19, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976661004
- ISBN-13: 978-0976661009
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bumperboy Loses His Marbles Paperback – July 19, 2005
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That's it. No fancy shenanigans, no clever wordplay. I just love it. Besides, the book is full of fancy shenanigans and it has clever written all over it, so Debbie Huey has it more than covered. I mean, how can you not love a comic that has Onomatopeople with names like Bam or Pow? It's a credit to Huey's self-assurance that she has made a book for kids that gives kids the benefit of the doubt that they will even know what that means. It's a rare thing these days to find entertainment that actually remembers children can be clever, too.
Plus, there are dancing bananas.
Huey has self-published this collection of her minicomics using a Xeric Grant, and AdHouse Books are distributing it, so it's the most indie of indie comics. And yet, Huey manages to avoid all the hipster pitfalls that most indie comic book creators trip over when making books for kids. Too often such comics rely on an ironic pose to get them through, as if one jaded adult can only create such nonsense if other jaded adults can see him winking. BUMPERBOY LOSES HIS MARBLES! is played with a straight face, hearkening back to a time when we could all have fun without having to make excuses for it. Bumperboy's adventure is one every kid would want to have, and any adult worth knowing secretly wants to have it, too. It's a simple story: as Bumperboy and his faithful canine Bumperpup head off to practice their marble playing before the big tournament, their arch rival tricks them into dropping the entire bag of marbles through a Borp Hole, an interdimensional portal. The only way to get them back is to go into the hole themselves and search the strange worlds for the lost toys. With the deadline of the competition hanging over their heads, it's a bit of a challenge.Read more ›
I've never played marbles in my life, never had the slightest bit of interest, and yet Huey makes the 56th Annual Marble Tournament as compelling as last year's Yankees/Red Sox playoff series, including a bit of a similarly unexpected twist in the results at one point. That she doesn't take the most obvious route to get to the ending is both appealing and her least notable achievement here.
I repeat: SHE MAKES A MARBLE TOURNAMENT COMPELLING! IN A COMIC BOOK!
Bumperboy Loses His Marbles has jumped into my Top 10 list for 2005 and I recommend it to everyone without qualification. Buy it, read it, love it. It'll make you a better person.
Bumperboy of Bubtopia is ready to compete in the big marble championship, but all his marbles are gone! They're scattered throughout the land and he- and his faithful dog Bumperpup- must visit some really neat places to find them all. But his most important marble (given to him by his grandmother) was stolen and is in the possession of his arch-enemy, who plans to use it in the championship! Will Bumperboy be able to beat him without his lucky marble and get it back?
I'm in my twenties and I loved this book, but it's really perfect for very young readers. The book is very cute, but it's written sincerely with respect to the readers instead of a fake sugary-sweet way, which makes it appealing for all ages. The only drawback to this book is that it just flew by when I read it, and now I'm jonesing for more Bumperboy tales!
From the official Bumperboy site I also bought the "First Day of School" book, which was also superb and featured the other characters in Bumperboy's world. The author was even nice enough to include an autographed postcard as well! I hope lots more stories in this comic will come out soon from this wonderful writer- I'll be there to happily buy every single one.