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Flight Explorer, Volume 1
     

Flight Explorer, Volume 1

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by Kazu Kibuishi (Editor), Steve Hamaker, Jake Parker, Phil Craven, Kean Soo
 

The first volume in a new series presents an anthology of comics and graphic short stories that revolve around the theme of flight, including works by noted comic book and graphic novel creators, top animators working at Pixar and other major studios, and new Web cartoonists, including Kean Soo and Kazu Kibuishi.

Overview

The first volume in a new series presents an anthology of comics and graphic short stories that revolve around the theme of flight, including works by noted comic book and graphic novel creators, top animators working at Pixar and other major studios, and new Web cartoonists, including Kean Soo and Kazu Kibuishi.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The multi-volume Flight anthology series has introduced a group of young cartoonists influenced more by animation than by American comics; this work is its new sibling, featuring 10 Flight artists writing and drawing short, whimsical stories aimed at middle-graders. Kibuishi leads it off with the two strongest stories: a cheerfully surreal episode of his own boy-and-his-dog series, Copper, in which the heroes traverse a chasm by jumping on giant mushrooms that turn out to be the heads of threatening creatures, and Johane Matte's "Perfect Cat," a little fable written and drawn in the style of mod '60s animation, about a grouchy alley cat in ancient Egypt who learns that feline perfection has its downside. The rest are more hit-and-miss: Kean Soo's "First Snow," an episode of his girl-and-her-monster series, Jellaby, is nearly plotless, and Jake Parker's "Missile Mouse: The Guardian Prophecy" is pro forma sci-fi. Some pieces start with a funny premise (Ben Hatke's "If Wishes Were Socks" concerns a girl, her robot and a magical wishing sock), but then spin their wheels. The book's full-color art is consistently stylish-Matthew Armstrong's "Snow Cap" stands out visually-but readers may find themselves wishing for better developed tales. Ages 8-up. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 4-8 -In this companion book to the "Flight" series for older readers, the editor succeeds in putting together a remarkable collection that will appeal to a younger audience. Kean Sooa's "Jellaby," for example, shows the humorous and contemplative moments between a girl and a friendly monster as they experience their first snowfall together. More comedic is Kibuishia's story about crossing a ravine of mushrooms and Johane Mattea's Egyptian cat whose haughtiness dissolves into grossly indulgent self-pity. Perhaps most rousing is Jake Parkera's "Missile Mouse," an action-packed space drama complete with a prophecy, explosions, and lessons about responsibility and trust. While there is no underlying theme to the anthology, every story has a layout that promotes an acute sense of pacing and showcases the crisp, defined, full-color art indicative of some of the creatorsa' animation backgrounds. Flight Explorer is an excellent introduction to graphic novels as it shows that youa're never too young to laugh, think, and take part in some visual feasting.-Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
A welcome addition to the still-thin ranks of graphic fiction for younger children, this collection offers ten entertaining new tales from as many authors. The plots range from a child's snowy romp with a purple monster (Kean Soo's "Jellaby-First Snow") and the discomfiting results of having idle wishes come true (Ben Hatke's "Zita the Spacegirl-Wishing Socks"), to Jake Parker's more conventional battle between a snarky hero mouse and a huge commando droid in "Missile Mouse-The Guardian Prophecy." Texts are terse or, in several cases, nonexistent, and the colorful, crisply reproduced art has a consistent look throughout; even less able readers should have no trouble following the action and appreciating the humor. Like Kibuishi's Flight series for adults, this is likely to "fly" off library shelves-and also set up a clamor both for future volumes and for the full-length ones in which many of these characters already star. (Graphic short stories. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345503138
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/25/2008
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
347,032
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Kazu Kibuishi is the founder and editor of the critically acclaimed Flight anthologies, as well as the creator of COPPER. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his wife and fellow comics artist, Amy Kim Kibuishi, and their son. Visit him online at www.boltcity.com.

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