The Barefoot Serpent

The Barefoot Serpent

by Scott Morse
     
 
  • The life of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa combined with a story of a friendship between a small girl and boy in Hawaii. The story of a small girl and her one-day friendship with a strange boy while on vacation with her family in
    Hawaii. Their lives are forever changed as they explore the island and themselves.
  • Bookended by full-color

Overview

  • The life of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa combined with a story of a friendship between a small girl and boy in Hawaii. The story of a small girl and her one-day friendship with a strange boy while on vacation with her family in
    Hawaii. Their lives are forever changed as they explore the island and themselves.
  • Bookended by full-color biographical excerpts from the life of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, the central story's themes reflect those of the filmmaker and is told through black and white half-toned, fully-painted artwork.
    The Barefoot Serpent is offered as a 128-page hardcover graphic novel, in the same size and format as the Little Golden Books of old.
  • This is definitely Scott's most unique and ambitious graphic novel to date.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In this unusual, fully painted book, Eisner Award nominee Morse (Ancient Joe) juxtaposes two very different stories. One is a lushly colored, almost juvenile-level biography of revered Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa (1910-98), which notes his brother's suicide and Kurosawa's own suicide attempt. This is broken up in the middle by a much longer black-and-white story concerning a young girl and her parents vacationing in Hawaii after the death of the girl's brother. Separately, they have encounters with the locals that help them deal with the boy's death. It will likely take a devoted Kurosawa fan to discern the echoes of the director's work in this middle story (though Morse does spell them out in an afterword), but this is still an affecting book. The middle story, with its realistic dialog and mystical elements, is told with great subtlety, and Morse paints cute, cartoony kids, large-headed in the classic Peanuts tradition. Recommended for mid-sized and larger collections, this will probably be of most interest to adults. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891830372
Publisher:
Top Shelf Productions
Publication date:
10/05/2003
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 16 Years

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