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Space Dumplins Hardcover – August 25, 2015
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Gr 5 Up—Violet's family lives among the Roids, the boondocks of the galaxy, where her father collects the whale droppings that fuel society. It's a dangerous job, for these massive space mammals eat anything stationary. During a bout of whale diarrhea (the equivalent of an oil spill), Violet's father goes missing. However, this capable young lady isn't about to sit still. With teamwork, she and her diverse group of alien friends learn they can pass impassible obstacles, save baby whales, and survive the harsh realities of space. This volume is a cornucopia of wacky aliens, cool ships, and space junk. Every panel is crammed full of minutely detailed line art and colored to match the status of the place (the elitist space-station Shell-Tarr has bright hues, while "outer space" has all the rusty and grimy shades of a junkyard). For this whirlwind adventure, Thompson uses dynamic layouts, opens up smaller spaces with cross-sections, and even mimics the action with some panels. While the work scrutinizes the energy crisis that humanity has yet to avert, it mostly focuses on the themes of family, friendship, and cooperation. VERDICT With its fully realized artistic vision, oddball humor, and fantastic story, Space Dumplins will appeal to those who loved, but have outgrown, Zita the Space Girl (First Second, 2011) and Cleopatra in Space (Scholastic, 2014).—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada
* "With thrilling adventure, a stalwart, good-hearted hero, some well-timed laughs, and a meaningful message at its heart, this is will surely be a star." -- Booklist, starred review
* "It's a wild and funny escapade, undergirded by a tender portrait of a family just trying to get by." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"I love Space Dumplins!" -- Jeff Smith
“Craig Thompson has created a new genre: the Adorable Epic." -- Joss Whedon
Praise for Habibi :
* "It is unfair to expect two masterpieces in a row from anyone, but here Thompson sits securely in that rarefied air."--Booklist, starred review
* "A lushly epic love story that's both inspiring and heartbreaking… A dense, swirling dervish of a tale…this will be the most talked about graphic novel of the fall." Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "The exquisite beauty and deep magic of this Arabian Nights-style love story cannot be overstated...Habibi is certain to join the ranks of graphic novels that expand our understanding of not only the genre but also the world it describes.”--School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for Blankets :
* "His visual mastery shows in fluid line work, assured compositions, and powerful use of solid black areas and negative space."--Booklist, starred review
"His exceptional b&w drawings balance representational precision with a bold and wonderfully expressive line for pages of ingenious, inventively composed and poignant imagery."--Publishers Weekly
"This second, much longer work shares the acuity for character development and dynamic sensitivity that makes the author so compulsively readable."--School Library Journal
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Set in an eccentric and infinitely imaginative universe filled with Space Whales, evolved Superchickens, Lumpkins, and a whole range of cute and funny aliens young Violet Marlocke lives in a cosmic trailer park with her working class parents. Her life is caught in a whirlwind when her dad goes missing on a top secret mission. She loses her friends, makes newer and better ones, and hurtles off across the stars on a crazy adventure that never stops giving. The level on inventiveness in Space Dumplins will blow your mind. The characterization and plot will keep your hooked from page one all the way to the end, but it's the gorgeous art that will bring you back for more. Every panel of this graphic novel is a work of genius with so many puns, Easter eggs, and in-jokes to demand your attention. Craig Thompson is an immense talent, and now that I have discovered him I want to read more of his work.
Do not disregard this as "just for kids". It's an allegorical tale of population expansion, pollution, and living in harmony with other species while maintaining an astronomical equilibrium with the heavens. I cannot recommend this book enough. I hope there is going to be a sequel, a movie, a TV show, a video game. I absolutely love this.
Space Dumplings feels a little like the junior version of Douglas Adams. There are giant space whales. And silliness. So much silliness. The puns are awful/wonderful as puns are. The story is wonderful. Violet is likable and lovable. She is a lovely mix of brave and good. And she hangs out with a chicken. How can you not love a girl who tries to save the day with a chicken?
To me, the thing that really set this book apart is the art. Very often I find graphic novels impossible to read because of the way they are (ore aren't) organized. The art in Space Dumplins is beautiful but not overwhelming. The text is easy to focus on and follow.
My only criticism would be that the title and cover art don't really convey what a wonderful book this is. If you have young readers that love graphic novels- give this one a chance.
The basic plot is that Violet's school has been eaten and her parents are forced to find a new one for her to go to. Unfortunately, some mistakes in her father's past make it difficult to get Violet into a good school that is not too expensive. In this process, Violet's father goes missing and ends up in some pretty big trouble. Violet sets off with a chicken to find her father and put her family back together. Of course, nothing is just that easy and Violet finds out that there is more danger out there than she originally thought.
The shining stars of this story are the illustrations. They are fabulous! Not only are they done particularly well, but they convey a level of humor that can't be done in words. It's amazing how much detail is put into the facial features of each object (not just main characters). Even looking at the cover, it is clear to see the feelings of Violet and her friends. The chicken adds an additional level of physical humor. The melodramatic expressions are easily read, even without it being in color. I would highly recommend that you purchase this instead of grab the nearest ARC. It's got to be so much better in color (because the color pages in the ARC are truly amazing).
My only minor quibble is that the book, though thick and beautifully printed, is a bit small to appreciate all the detail, so I hope the publisher comes out with a larger-format version so we can dive into the full richness of every drawing. Thank you, Craig Thompson!