- Publisher: FIRST SECOND
- Format: Paperback | 112 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 211mm x 10mm | 249g
- Publication date: 5 October 2007
- Publication City/Country: New Milford
- ISBN 10: 1596431296
- ISBN 13: 9781596431294
- Illustrations note: 112 colour images
- Sales rank: 426,115
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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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.
Review in September 1st 2007 issue of BooklistSardine 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 JournalGr 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"