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Spiral-Bound Paperback – September 13, 2005
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Gr. 4-7. In this graphic novel about the young animal characters who live in the Town, Turnip the elephant is using the summer to find his artistic voice through sculpture, his friend Stucky the dog is building a submarine, and Ana the rabbit is working on the town's underground newspaper. Their stories all wind around the town's deep, dark secret about the monster that lives in the pond. Kids who enjoyed novels such as Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy and Roald Dahl's Matilda will find a similar sense of adventure here. The characters seem like real children, wholesome without being too sweet, and Renier's art is light and fun, a sort of Babar meets underground comix. Readers older and younger than the target audience will enjoy this, too. Tina Coleman
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This story is designed for kids and yet I have a feeling a kid would get lost here and quickly get bored. Characters are fun, but a bit chaotic. You don't really know what's going on most of the time. Until, finally, you're getting some explanation, some hint of a character's destination, what they need to do and who will be actually doing it.
The book does look like fun it certainly has a potential. I did like the variety of character portrayed as animals. All of them walking, flying and driving in big aquariums around the town. I liked that part.
With a story like this book could really use some colors. Especially with the audience, it was intended. The simple black and white drawings were nicely done, but I still wished for some colors at least in some places. Or maybe some textures here and there.
To sum it up, the novel seems fine and a good ending might add a point or two, but, for now, I can only tell you I did not enjoy it much.
In a town full of all kinds of animals (including whales that roll around in giant aquariums), we meet a series of younger animals that are looking for things to do for the summer. Little elephant Turnip wants to go to art school to create a sculpture based on Viola, the girl he's got a crush on. His friend Stucky, a dog, wants to finish up a submarine he's making. A little bunny named Carrot Flower may have a chance to join and underground newspaper. There are also concerts and town conspiracies.
The story was a bit confusing at times, but the black and white drawings are what kept me turning the pages. Every frame is filled with details, and the animals that inhabit the pages are cute beyond measure. It's a perfectly appropriate graphic novel for kids, and I enjoyed it.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Top Shelf Productions, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
As a middle school teacher, I like recommending graphic novels to struggling or reluctant readers. Unfortunately, I can see me students trying to read this and just getting frustrated and confused.
I received a copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The characters are very true-to-life, with each one demonstrating the best and worst that a particular dominant personality trait can exhibit - a desire for the truth, for example, can lead one to be bold and courageous and inventive, but it can also cause one to overlook the feelings and concerns of others in the attempt to find and expose that truth. Children can learn a great deal from the wonderfully nuanced characters and plot, and adults can enjoy an engaging and whimsical story that winds as much as the underground press tunnels featured in these pages.
I'd say that this is easily among, if not the best, children's graphic novels ever created.
This is one of those books that is great for kids or adults, like a Pixar movie. No cartoonist should be without this book to learn from and be inspired by.