- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Graphix; Reprint edition (January 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545098939
- ISBN-13: 978-0545098939
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Copper Paperback – January 1, 2010
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I bought this almost seven years ago, having read the online comic at boltcity back in 2009. (I just checked again, and was delighted to see that some new comics have been added, in 2016 and 2017.) I really dig the Copper/Fred dynamic, and I liked the varied tones of the different stories.
I actually returned to this book (and decided to leave a review just now) because about an hour ago, I started a google search for "Why do I suddenly want to get a small dog and have adventures?" to see if other people have had similar sensations of sudden-onset wanderlust to be shared with a furry friend (and what to do about it). Maybe it's just a May-borne sense of adventure in the warming air mixed with nostalgia for characters like Mr. Kibuishi's. I probably can't get enough of the human/animal companion duo done well. It's only natural that I'd want to have my own adventures with a faithful (if at times dramatic) companion.
While I debate the logistics of taking care of a (sadly non-English-speaking) dog, and dream of zany shared adventures large and small, I've become certain that this is the kind of book I'd want to share with my children (if I ever have them), or at least my nephews and nieces (when they progress past the book-munching phase into the book-reading phase). I tried reading some of the stories from the perspective of different age groups, and I think even "Rocket Pack Fantasy" works well -- the youngest might not understand the full implications, but older children might learn a good lesson, or at least have a good think about it. (My own take on it has varied over the years, leaving me with at least three different conclusions.)
From another perspective, though, Copper and Fred can be seen as two sides of one person attempting to understand himself amid the world wide, wondrous, and weird. In that sense, while it would be nice to share an adventure with someone, it would be equally nice to share an understanding -- and it's possible to have that sort of relationship with yourself. I see parts of myself in Fred, and parts of myself in Copper. More in Fred, at times, which is why I like Copper so much. He keeps me level, and sometimes inspires me.
For example: I count "Steps" as a large part of the inspiration for the day, years ago now, that I started walking long distances for the heck of it, or to see what I could see. Copper's character expressed throughout the whole book made that story carry weight beyond its words. I went from six miles in a day to ten, then 15, 18, 20, and now 27 miles in one day. Looking back at my progression, I feel a bit like Fred looking ahead at the journey upward: "Copper, it *never* ends.... And it looks like it just gets more difficult.... Why are we doing this?" Copper and Fred conclude that continuing is "totally crazy," and then they continue anyway. That's what it feels like. And more than once I've thought about the Appalachian Trail with respect to "Steps" and other stories (like "Climbing", "Outside", and the poignant "Good Life"). I turn to stories like these from thoughtful or thought-filled adventurers real or imagined to give me guidance on how to go about having adventures myself, having grown-up quietly in a rather quiet place with quiet people. "Copper" doesn't make that sort of fantastic life seem effortless or easy, but it does make it seem worthwhile.
Ah, and then there's "Bunny", which contains perhaps a tongue-in-cheek answer for my dog-focused wanderlust: As Copper says, "You can't force things like that, Fred." :)
Either way, read lightly or deeply, the book is wonderful.
* First, I encourage you to visit [...] to read several of these comics and fall in love with them.
* Then purchase this book to view MORE Copper comics, to read/view how each comic is made, and to treasure these comics forever (in case one day he decides to take down his website).
* Then, if you want more of Copper and Fred, you can purchase the earlier Flight graphic novels where he's put in a NEW longer Copper comic in each book. Click here for Volume 1: http://www.amazon.com/Flight-Volume-One-Kazu-Kibuishi/dp/0345496361/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2
* If you've gone this far, then i encourage you to check out more of Kazu Kibuishi's artworks, books and products by either clicking his name at the top of this Product Page or visit his website [...]
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