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Dragon Puncher Book 1 Hardcover – November 15, 2010
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Do four-year-olds need an oddball, absurdist, semisurreal, homemade comic book in their lives? Indie stalwart Kochalka (the Johnny Boo series) thinks so, and he may just convince you. Using his signature childlike figures collaged onto photographed backgrounds and with the faces of himself, his son, and his cat, the often-brilliant creator brings together a combat-armored feline and a spoon-wielding, three-year-old . . . monkey? Without ever quite managing to get along, they take on a whip-quick butterfly and a drooling, wormlike dragon. If it sounds as though it were hatched in Kochalka's backyard playing with his family, there's an excellent chance that's the case. But through Kochalka's guerilla, one-man-and-a-pen style of creation, it magically captures the exact sense of zaniness often discovered in such a playtime and found in some of the best TOON Book titles (Otto's Orange Day, 2008, springs to mind). Remarkably, it does this without losing coherence; and with huge panels and spare dialogue that will amuse kids and adults, it's also the rare graphic novel that makes an excellent read-aloud. Preschool-Grade 2. --Jesse Karp
About the Author
JAMES KOCHALKA is, without question, one of the most unique and prolific alternative cartoonists working in America today. His comics have been published internationally by almost every alternative comics publisher; he's recorded several music albums under the name James Kochalka Superstar (making him a favorite at college radio stations across the country); and he's developed animated cartoons for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Hangover.
He is the first official Cartoonist Laureate of the state of Vermont, appointed in 2011.
Among his best known works are the Monkey vs Robot series, the beloved children's series Johnny Boo, Dragon Puncher, and Glorkian Warrior, and his magnum opus, the 14-year span of daily diary comics known as American Elf.
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My 2 year old loves this book, it is her favorite and she asks me to read it to her multiple times per day!
It's very cute and well done, great story for getting toddler started on comic type stories.