Monster Graphic Novels: Monster Christmas

Monster Graphic Novels: Monster Christmas

by Lewis Trondheim
     
 

Peter and Jean, two mischievous kids, love to draw monsters. They create Oko, a frightening monster which escapes from the sheet of paper and disappears into their house. All they need do now is create a nice monster that eats bad ones. That’s how Chris, with three legs, four arms and ten mouths, becomes the family’s new pet monster. For Christmas, Jean

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Overview

Peter and Jean, two mischievous kids, love to draw monsters. They create Oko, a frightening monster which escapes from the sheet of paper and disappears into their house. All they need do now is create a nice monster that eats bad ones. That’s how Chris, with three legs, four arms and ten mouths, becomes the family’s new pet monster. For Christmas, Jean & Peter go on vacation to the mountains with their parents. Chris was supposed to stay at home but he manages to make the trip on the roof of the car. Suddenly an avalanche blocks the road, caused by a monster in hot pursuit of… Santa Claus! It’s up to the kids and their pet monster to save Santa and Christmas! But it looks like this monster can have Chris for breakfast!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Award-winning French cartoonist Trondheim, known in the U.S. for his kids’ book Tiny Tyrant, tells a short holiday tale that taps into childlike fantasies. A brother, Petey, and a sister, Jean, go on a Christmas vacation to the snowy mountains with their Mom and Dad and pet monster, Kriss. On the way they encounter another monster chasing Santa Claus and have to rely on their creativity, quick thinking, and a monster of their own to save Santa and themselves. Both Trondheim’s art and the English-language translation create a story that could come from the mind of a child, despite its bizarre creatures and sudden surprises. Yet it’s also the work of a talented artist channeling that childish wonder into a finely crafted tale for young audiences. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
A pre-Christmas ski trip slaloms into a series of wild escapades in this import from a prolific French graphic novelist. Depicted with the heads of birds (cockatoos, perhaps?) in Trondheim's unframed panels, young Jean, her brother Petey and their parents drive off to the mountains--unsuccessfully trying to leave their huge, green, four-armed pet monster Kriss behind. Whom should they meet while tootling up the wintry road than Santa himself (also sporting a bird's head), pursued by an orange monster even bigger than Kriss and perfectly willing to eat anyone who crosses its path. Nonstop flights, rescues, downhill slides, avalanches and chases by more hungry monsters ensue. Captioned by the children's tandem, chatty narrative, the art offers small figures engaged in snowy slapstick as they flee or (with Santa's help) fly from danger…arriving, ultimately, back home to discover a decorated tree surrounded by wrapped gifts including, for Kriss, a full-size candy-vending machine. Nothing says "Christmas" like monsters. (Graphic novel. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597072885
Publisher:
Papercutz
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Series:
Monster Graphic Novels Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

The phenomenal Lewis Trondheim is never where you next expect him. As an artist and writer, Trondheim has earned an international following as one of the most inventive, versatile, and prolific graphic authors. From autobiography to adventure, from bestselling fantasy and children's books to visual essays, Trondheim's unique, seminal imagination consistently dazzles. His work has won numerous awards, including the Angoulême prize for best series with Mc Coney and he also co-created the titanic fantasy epic Dungeon with Joann Sfar.
He is one of the founding members of the alternative publishing house L'Association, a proving ground for many of the greatest talents in European comics working today. He is also the editorial director of a new imprint called Shampooing, dedicated to comics for all ages.

Lewis lives in the South of France with his wife and two children.

The phenomenal Lewis Trondheim is never where you next expect him. As an artist and writer, Trondheim has earned an international following as one of the most inventive, versatile, and prolific graphic authors. From autobiography to adventure, from bestselling fantasy and children's books to visual essays, Trondheim's unique, seminal imagination consistently dazzles. His work has won numerous awards, including the Angoulême prize for best series with Mc Coney and he also co-created the titanic fantasy epic Dungeon with Joann Sfar.
He is one of the founding members of the alternative publishing house L'Association, a proving ground for many of the greatest talents in European comics working today. He is also the editorial director of a new imprint called Shampooing, dedicated to comics for all ages.

Lewis lives in the South of France with his wife and two children.

Harvey and Eisner Award nominee Lewis Trondheim is one of the most prolific comic creators of his generation, having published over 35 graphic novels in the last 10 years. He was most recently nominated for an Eisner Award in the category "Best Publication for Kids" for his graphic novel Tiny Tyrant.

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