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Tiny space pirate Sardine, cruising around in her spaceship the Huckleberry, fights the chief executive dictator of the universe, Supermuscleman, in these graphic novels perfect for younger readers.
Gr 4-7 Nine stories irreverently capture a child's offbeat, often overly literal view of the world. Sardine and her friends Little Louie and Captain Yellow Shoulder are space pirates, out for fun, adventure, and the never-ending fight against Supermuscleman, chief executive dictator of the universe. In one selection, they find out that all children have a monster assigned to their bed to frighten them, and then move it to a grown-up's bed; in another, they find a baby rocket that fell from its nest and tenderly nurse it back to health with kerosene. The shaky lines and bright colors of Sfar's drawings evoke a childlike simplicity and exuberance. Young readers may not understand all of the jokes, but they should be entertained by the limitless fount of silly ideas and the array of whimsical space creatures, including the ghost Pallid Pete and Octo the octopus.-Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY