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by Kazu Kibuishi

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From Kazu Kibuishi, creator of AMULET, comes an irresistibly charming pair of characters!

Copper is curious, Fred is fearful. And together boy and dog are off on a series of adventures through marvelous worlds, powered by Copper's limitless enthusiasm and imagination.
Each Copper and Fred story in this graphic novel collection is a complete vignette, filled with


From Kazu Kibuishi, creator of AMULET, comes an irresistibly charming pair of characters!

Copper is curious, Fred is fearful. And together boy and dog are off on a series of adventures through marvelous worlds, powered by Copper's limitless enthusiasm and imagination.
Each Copper and Fred story in this graphic novel collection is a complete vignette, filled with richly detailed settings and told with a wry sense of humor. These two enormously likable characters build ships and planes to travel to surprising destinations and have a knack for getting into all sorts of odd situations.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung
Funny, poignant, and occasionally wise, this collection of Kazu Kibuishi's Copper comic strips is yet another standout in the growing library of exceptional children's graphic novels. Readers follow Copper, an optimistic boy, and his loyal but pessimistic dog, Fred, as they stumble into all sorts of odd environments—from a dream world filled with children trapped in bubbles, to an endless field of giant talking mushrooms, to the undersea mysteries in Copper's closet. Most of the time, readers do not know if these places are real or figments of the characters' imaginations—not that it matters since the comic's real charm lies in the dialogue between Copper and Fred as they use these exotic settings to share their views on life, beauty, and companionship. When the two get lost on a mountain climbing trip, for instance, Copper urges Fred to keep climbing and see their problem as an adventure. "You're an idiot," grumbles Fred as he climbs after Copper. "Who're you following?" responds Copper ironically. Such playful insight is reminiscent of Charles Schulz's Peanuts strip—with the twist that here it is the boy who is the capable optimist and the dog who is weighed down by his insecurities. Just the same, Kibuishi also infuses Copper with his own unique style that bridges the gap between fantastical adventure and down-to-earth wisdom. It is a fun combination, made more enjoyable by Kibuishi's imaginative and pleasing artwork. Reviewer: Michael Jung
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up—This collection of comic shorts details the wildly imaginative adventures of a boy and his talking dog, Fred. Most of the stories take up a page or two; others are a bit longer. The variety of full-color cartoons makes the book interesting to go through. Readers never know what type of comic format to expect on the next page but will be assured that it is another fun adventure. In a 12-page concluding section, the artist shows how he creates a "Copper" comic. The stories are humorous, and sometimes deeply philosophical, making them appeal to a wide audience.—Nancy D. Tolson, Mitchell College, New London, CT
Publishers Weekly
Kibuishi (the Amulet series) collects his long-running Web comic about Copper, a human boy, and his talking dog, Fred, who go on a series of short adventures, traveling through a world that is sometimes fantastical and occasionally dystopian. In one memorable strip, Copper and Fred bounce precariously across the tops of giant mushrooms; in another they enjoy a nice meal at an urban restaurant. The art is wonderful, a pastel palette capturing imaginative landscapes, and the wide variety of vehicles Copper and Fred travel in are delightfully designed. As whimsical as it all is, the dialogue sometimes gets in the way of Kibuishi's playful world. Fred is so pessimistic and filled with self-doubt that some readers may wish he couldn't talk at all. In one strip, Fred's unjustified worrying is so great that he is unable to enjoy a fishing trip because he dreads a perfect moment coming to an end. Copper acts as Fred's constant optimistic foil, telling him that it will all turn out all right, even as the wings drop off their homemade helicopter (it does turn out all right). Kibuishi's introduction explaining that he was depressed when he began the strip may go over younger readers' heads. Ages 8–up. (Jan.)
VOYA - Kristin Fletcher-Spear
This brief compilation of Kibuishi's webcomic should satisfy any fan of his work. Copper is an optimistic boy off on fun adventures with his pessimistic dog, Fred. Each comic places them in situations that range from bewildering to sweet, from out of this world unusual to everyday situations. For example, the one-page comics range from surfing to imagining being a character in a video game to dreaming of robots and outer space. The multiple-page stories are reprints from the Flight anthologies edited by Kibuishi. In addition to the comics found within these pages, Kibuishi also walks readers through his creative process. The shining gem in these comics is Fred. His character is a mixture of old-school pessimism and joyful dog. Any dog lover will relish the panels, such as the one depicting when he discovers his tail and starts to chase it or the comic Somersaults that takes place in a dog park. His pessimism and regular common sense balances out Copper's enthusiastic optimism. The artwork is complete with simple digital coloring techniques. Kibuishi reports in his behind-the-scenes section that he creates Copper with simpler methods than his other graphic novels, which adds to the clean look in his panels. This inside information adds to an already solid book and makes it a winner for a graphic novel reader. Reviewer: Kristin Fletcher-Spear
Kirkus Reviews
First introduced as a webcomic and then in the Flight anthologies, wide-eyed Copper and his fretful dog Fred smoothly transition into their own collection of tales. Told in short vignettes interspersed with a few longer interludes, this episodic volume is a compilation rather than a single story with an overarching narrative. Reminiscent of Calvin and Hobbes, Copper and Fred have fantastic, imaginative adventures, where the quietly ordinary becomes extraordinary. Portrayed through a contemporary lens, Copper and Fred live in a post-9/11 world and have very real fears that manifest throughout; Fred is often apprehensive about the world at large, though he's nicely balanced by Copper, who radiates an innocent optimism. While fanciful, Copper and Fred's exploits never spill outside of their panels, which establish a fixed boundary to their otherwise fantastic world. Those seeking similar action and thrills of Kibuishi's fan-favorite Amulet series may be disappointed; this is a more muted work, with a subtle philosophical undercurrent. For thoughtful readers, this whimsical pastiche of imagination and dreams may be just the ticket. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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8.90(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.30(d)
GN690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Kazu Kibuishi is the founder and editor of the critically acclaimed Flight anthologies, as well as the creator of COPPER. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his wife and fellow comics artist, Amy Kim Kibuishi, and their son. Visit him online at www.boltcity.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is interesting because it has numerous short stories. It is the same characters in different adventures and conversations. If you are into this book you might want to try a book called Amulet. It is by the same author but it is not short stories. Amulet is my favorite book by this author. I am a nine year old girl but boys would like this graphic novel, too.