Cast Away on the Letter A: A Philemon Adventure (A Toon Graphic)

Cast Away on the Letter A: A Philemon Adventure (A Toon Graphic)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935179634
Publisher: TOON Books
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Series: Toon Series
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 1,261,510
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: GN520L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Frédéric Othon Aristidès (1931-2013), known as Fred, is one of France's most influential and revered cartoonists. When he was young, he loved to read Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, and Oscar Wilde. In the sixties, Fred co-founded Hara-Kiri, the leading satirical publication of the May '68 movement—he designed its first 60 covers. Philémon, his story for young readers, was first published in Pilote in 1972 by René Goscinny, the author of the Astérix series. Philémon is Fred's most celebrated creation: millions of young French people have grown up with it, and it has inspired many of today's most talented cartoonists. The sixteenth and final volume of Philémon was released in 2013, before Fred's passing.

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Cast Away on the Letter A: A Philemon Adventure 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
isniffbooks More than 1 year ago
Fred is most known for his Philemon Adventures that first appeared in the July 1965 issue of Pilote, a French comic magazine.  Although initially a serial publication, the Philemon Adventures were collected over the years into sixteen albums. Cast Away on  the Letter A: A Philemon Adventure, is Fred’s first comic to be translated into English for a whole new generation to enjoy –  it’s definitely a tale for kids of all ages. In the blurb for Cast Away on the Letter A the fantasy world created by Fred is compared to Alice’s Wonderland, Little Nemo’s  Slumberland, and Oz. With a comparison like that, the bar is set pretty high and readers will definitely expect a grand experience.  I am happy to report that Cast Away on the Letter A definitely delivers one. Philemon’s adventure begins when he falls into a well. He quickly gets pulled down deeper and deeper into the waters,  encountering sharks and schools of fish before losing consciousness. After some time, Philemon wakes up on a beach. The  clear sky boasts two suns and the surrounding land contains bizarre flora and fauna. Philemon soon learns that he is a cast  away on an island shaped like the letter A. And not just any A, but the A from the word “Atlantic” as in the Atlantic Ocean – letters  and words on maps that don’t even exist but for labeling purposes. In this fantasy land, Philemon will meet Bartholomew, a well  digger from his own village; a centaur named Friday; exotic plants with transformative properties; a unicorn with a prophecy;  and more! The art work is fun, colorful, and fantastic. The science nerd in me is so happy to see that on a world with two suns, Philemon  correctly has two shadows!  Cast Away on the Letter A has received so much advance praise that TOON Books plans to publish more Philemon Adventures  and other works by Fred.  isniffbooks[dot]wordpress[dot]com Disclosure: I received a complimentary book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.