- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1482730057
- ISBN-13: 978-1482730050
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.1 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,144,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Invasion Paperback – May 22, 2013
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Amusingly, "the stock of reality" is itself the plot's threat. And any of us who have ever watched pets furiously savaging a stray sock and wondered, "what on earth are they THINKING?" will find the early scene where our picturebook heroes, Puppy, Kitten and Lamby destroy a blanket, delightfully plausible. "How cute!" I thought. Then as I kept reading, the story became much more than cute.
Moran has perfect control of tone throughout the story, which is impressive, because it's one thing to master the diction and rhythms of preschooler picture books, but quite another to do that in a story about that genre *breaking down*. The dialog is by turns sweet, bittersweet, hilarious and desperate.
And the art! Elizabeth Sherry is fully Moran's equal, managing the visual tone brilliantly. She gives you classic Golden-Bookish Puppy, Kitten and Lamby frolicking; she gives you Puppy, Kitten and Lamby attacking blankets and lamps like they would if that sort of thing *happened* in Little Golden Books - and then she gives you Agent Chick holding a revolver in one cybernetic hand of her mechanical harness. She also knows just when to layer in photographic effects. The picture of the four Animal Friends jumping off the exploding shopping cart is worth your $3.99 all by itself.
INVASION is *about stuff*, yes, like a deconstruction of horror tropes and the remorseless encroachment of the adult world on the world of childhood. But before it's those things, it is its own mad, beautiful self. All of our stocks of reality just got bigger because of it.
The art complements the writing very well, and while this is a fairly small book it's big enough to do the art justice. I wouldn't mind it being even more lavishly bound with a larger layout, but the small size of this makes it more tempting for guests, which means more people get to read it.
It does look best on color e-readers (but is enjoyable on b&w), and perhaps one day there will be a slip-jacketed hardcover edition. One can hope.