Korgi, Book 1: Sprouting Wings

Korgi, Book 1: Sprouting Wings

by Christian Slade
     
 

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Christian Slade, a former Disney animator and currently full-time freelance illustrator, has brought to Top Shelf a gorgeously illustrated woodland fantasy about a young girl named Ivy, her dog Sprout and their amazing adventures in Korgi Hollow. This amazing combination of adventure and fantasy will appeal to anyone who loves Andy Runton's Owly and Jeff Smith's

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Christian Slade, a former Disney animator and currently full-time freelance illustrator, has brought to Top Shelf a gorgeously illustrated woodland fantasy about a young girl named Ivy, her dog Sprout and their amazing adventures in Korgi Hollow. This amazing combination of adventure and fantasy will appeal to anyone who loves Andy Runton's Owly and Jeff Smith's Bone. Get ready for the launch of something very daring and very new!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
Enter the magical village of the Korgis—friendly, fox-like creatures—and their companions the Mollies, woodfolk with remarkable abilities of their own. Although life in Korgi Hollow is idyllic, the Mollies and Korgis must be careful not to venture too far into the woods where ogres, giant spiders, and other monsters lurk. Unfortunately, when Ivy, a young Mollie, and her Korgi cub Sprout are caught in a bad storm they end up meeting these monsters and get caught by a nasty ogre with a taste for Korgis. Now, Ivy and Sprout must use their courage, wits, and a few hidden talents to escape back to the safety of Korgi Hollow. Told almost entirely through black-and-white pictures with no written dialogue or captions, this first volume in the "Korgi" graphic novel series is a wonderful example of classic fairy tale-style illustrations combined with the visual storytelling techniques of more modern graphic novels. Although author/artist Slade includes a brief introduction giving a short history of Korgi Hollow and the main characters, the text is not necessary to appreciate this story, which manages to be both lighthearted and suspenseful. Much like Andy Runton's "Owly" books (which also tell stories based entirely on pictures), the "Korgi" books are an excellent all-ages series that transcends language barriers and celebrates whimsical fantasy. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
School Library Journal

Gr 2-8 -Apart from some explanatory material, this book is entirely wordless; dynamic and elegant pen-and-ink pictures bring the story to vibrant life. In the sylvan world of Korgi, Mollies are small fairy folk who work in concert with Korgis, who look very much like, well, corgis. One young Mollie named Ivy, along with her Korgi cub, Sprout, wander into adventure when Sprout follows a winged insect away from their village. What follows is a tale full of dangerous traps, hungry beasties (including some Tolkienesque giant spiders), daring escapes, and even some surprises from the main characters. Funny, thrilling, and scary in all the right places, Korgi is wide open for sequels and absolutely ripe for animated adaptation. Finding a middle ground between the slapstick fantasy of Jeff Smith's beloved "Bone" series (Scholastic/Graphix) and Andy Runton's sweet and wordless "Owly" books (Top Shelf), Korgi will draw in fans of graphic fiction, fantasy, fairies, dogs, and good old storytelling. Slade was a Disney animator and it shows in his spirited and expressive characters whose facial expressions and poses leave no need for words.-Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Library, Ontario, Canada

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891830907
Publisher:
Top Shelf Productions
Publication date:
05/02/2007
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
421,594
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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