Sardine in Outer Space 4

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Sardine is back, and she's got a whole host of new problems to face even before the spaceship Huckleberry can get off the ground! In the fourth volume of this exciting series, Sardine must tackle, among other things, monsters under the bed, flesh-eating tattoos, time machines, and even boredom. As always, Supermuscleman, Chief Executive Dictator of the Universe, lurks in the background, trying--unsuccessfully and incompetently--to make Sardine and her crew behave.

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Overview

Sardine is back, and she's got a whole host of new problems to face even before the spaceship Huckleberry can get off the ground! In the fourth volume of this exciting series, Sardine must tackle, among other things, monsters under the bed, flesh-eating tattoos, time machines, and even boredom. As always, Supermuscleman, Chief Executive Dictator of the Universe, lurks in the background, trying--unsuccessfully and incompetently--to make Sardine and her crew behave.

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Review in September 1st 2007 issue of Booklist

Sardine and the crew of the Huckleberry are back for more exciting adventures. Flesh-eating tattoos, a kidnapped princess — the file of a space pirate is never quiet, especially when Supermuscleman and Doc Krok get up to mischief. With the usual sly humor and gleefully childlike sense of the absurd, Guibert and Sfar offer bizarre, memorable characters and a delightfully surreal story. A few small details may make grown-ups raise an eyebrow (Supermuscleman gets a tattoo on his bottom), but kids will love the art, the bright colors, and the nonsense. — Tina Coleman

Review in 1st November 2007 School Library Journal

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

Children's Literature - Michael Jung
The brainchild of French cartoonists Emmanuel Guibert and Joann Sfar, Sardine is the ten-year-old niece of Captain Yellow Shoulder, a space pirate who saves children from orphanages run by mad scientist Doc Krok and Supermuscleman, the "chief executive dictator of the universe." Together with cousin Little Louie and her flying cat, Sardine embarks on a number of adventures that take her under her bed (where she finds an army of sheep ready to put people to sleep), to the future (where she and Little Louie experience life as grownups), and a space tattoo parlor (where talking tattoos choose which people they want to stick to). Sfar's scribbly-line drawings blend perfectly with Guibert's nonsensical story lines, which sound like they came straight out of a child's daydreams. Do not be fooled by the apparent simplicity though—the dialogue is full of witty one-liners and long-time comic fans will spot several in-jokes in the artwork (including a surprise cameo by Mike Mignola's supernatural hero Hellboy). A quick and fun read that will introduce readers to two of France's most celebrated cartoonists. Reviewer: Michael Jung
School Library Journal

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596431294
  • Publisher: First Second
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Series: Sardine in Outer Space Series, #4
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 402,916
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Emmanuel Guibert and Joann Sfar are two of the most ridiculously talented comics authors to come from France. Prolific, inventive, and versatile beyond common sense, the two shared a Paris studio from 1995 to 1999, where stories--including this one--grew like ragweed. Taking turns writing scripts and drawing pictures, Joann and Emmanuel have collaborated on a number of prize-winning graphic novels, such as The Professor's Daughter, the Black Olives series, and now Sardine in Outer Space.
Working solo, Sfar is the author of the popular Little Vampire and Vampire Loves series, as well as the bestselling The Rabbi's Cat. As for Guibert, his many works for readers young and old include Alan's War, an extraordinary biography of his late from Alan Cope, an American WWII verteran.

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