Good-bye, Chunky Rice

by Thompson, Craig, 1975-

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Bethel Park Public Library Young Adult Graphic Novel YA THOMPSON Craig
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Graphic Novel
Call Number  YA THOMPSON Craig
This stunning book-length debut is a quiet picture novella of a small turtle, Chunky Rice, leaving his home and his mouse friend, Dandel. A Dr. Seussian cast of colorful characters and lush cartoon-y brushwork shape this into a charming, profound tale of loneliness, loss, and undying friendship.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The solemn little turtle Chunky Rice embarks on a journey from his seaport home, obeying an inner call he can't quite articulate. His mouse girlfriend, Dandel, encourages him. ("You're like a little flower that's outgrown its pot," she says, as they build their last sand castle.) But once Chunky leaves, Dandel spends her time collecting empty bottles and filling them with letters she hopes will reach him at sea. The themes of deep friendship and the pain of separation are amplified in the lives of other characters. Chunky's kindly neighbor Solomon befriends a wounded bird, seeking consolation for a childhood loss, while Solomon's estranged and gruff brother, Charles--on whose boat Chunky sails--long ago embraced the sea for companionship. There is little dialogue, but each panel of this comics novel--from the vast expanse of ocean that fills an entire page to the tiny closeup of Dandel's sleeping face--carries the emotional heft of the story forward. Thompson's b&w drawings exhibit a sturdy line and offer generous details, forcing the eye to linger on every page. The perspective zooms in and out, panels change size and overlap and Thompson uses so much black that his drawings often look like cut-paper silhouettes. His characters' irresistibly smooth, round shapes, meanwhile, add to the charm and humor of their expressions, by turns wistful, anxious and joyful. Thompson has crafted an enduring fable in words and pictures--an alternative-comics answer to Saint-Exup‚ry's Little Prince--that will charm anyone separated from a dear and loving friend. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Publisher Marietta, GA :Top Shelf Productions,1999
Other Titles Goodbye, Chunky Rice
Language English
Description 128 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 1891830090 (pbk.)
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