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Craig Thompson was made in Michigan in 1975, but risen up in Wisconsin and he drawed this very here book after departin’ for Portland, Oregon, in 1997 and missing likewise his chums and girl-buddies.
He’s mostest beknown for his best–sold graphical novel book Blankets — to be winning also three Harvey Awards and two Ignatz Awards. Translationized into thirteen — count ‘em — languages, lands like Morocco and Switzerland and Phoenix, but he’s plopped hisself settled-like in Portland. For the being-time.
YA-Chunky Rice is an anthropomorphic turtle who follows his urge to move on, leaving behind lovesick Dandele, a bug-eyed mouse, and a dreamy longshoreman. Chunky books passage on a barely seaworthy craft piloted by a shady skipper. Conjoined twins Ruth and Livonia are also on board. Back on shore, Dandele sends bottled missives out to sea and the longshoreman's injured pet bird, Merle, heals and regains flight. Thompson presents this bittersweet and engaging story in black-and-white panels that flow and tip into one another, giving the story motion that is reminiscent of the ocean against Chunky's boat and at Dandele's feet. The narrative intersperses past and present so that each character's motives become clear. Solid storytelling is expanded by the images, resulting in a fully realized literary work. The sea captain's posturing is fittingly retrograde and the twins are, by turns, self-exploitive and just plain folks. Chunky, Dandele, the longshoreman, and Merle, however, are unremitting winners. This book will be popular with both inveterate comics readers and those new to graphic literature.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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