Sardine in Outer Space

Sardine in Outer Space

Paperback Sardine in Outer Space

By (author) Emmanuel Guibert, By (author) Joann Sfar, Illustrated by Joann Sfar

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  • Publisher: FIRST SECOND
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 213mm x 10mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 19 May 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New Milford
  • ISBN 10: 1596431261
  • ISBN 13: 9781596431263
  • Edition statement: 1st American ed
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 195,828

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In the goofy space adventures of a young girl called Sardine, encounters aren't always friendly: weird creatures, cosmic squids, masters of the universe, talking clouds and evil beings abound. In this volume of twelve stories, Supermuscleman, the chief executive dictator of the universe, is on a mission to make all the galaxy's kids behave. Sardine must enlist the help of her cousin Lou and her pirate uncle, the gruff Captain Yellow Shoulder, to outwit him and his evil plans. The first book in an exciting series by two of France's most talented authors, "Sardine" is a feast for the imagination of young readers. Emmanuel Guibert, an outstanding artist and graphic storyteller, takes turn on the script; while Sfar illuminates the writing with rambunctious, high-energy artwork.

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Write Emmanuel Guibert is also an outstanding artist and graphic storyteller. The author of Alan's War (forthcoming from First Second), he is also a virtuoso talent both as a writer and an artist. Artist Joann Sfar is the author of Vampire Loves, as well as The Professor's Daughter (also forthcoming First Second), another collaboration with Emmanuel Guibert.

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Review in 3/15/06 issue of BooklistGr. 3-5. Sword fighting her way through this French paean to disobedience is tiny space-pirate Sardine, all long red hair and giant blue hat, who cruises in her spaceship Huckleberry with Uncle Yellow Shoulder and friend Little Louie. Their mission: to oppose Supermuscleman, the mustachioed tyrant of a space orphanage where children are taught "proper behavior." In 12 whirlwind tales filled with comic battles and clever escapes, the heroes foil the villain's plans, exposing themselves to the dangers of space lions, ice-cream shops, and video games. The disobedience stays largely within reason, and Uncle Yellow appears to have as many rules and cautions for his wards as the space orphanage does. But Uncle Yellow is a big, burly pirate, and there is a distinct lack of chores in space, which makes for a free-wheeling ride peppered with as much grisly monster-filleting action and bodily fluid humor as a young reader could want. Sfar's off-kilter, slightly uglified art, reminiscent of a toned-down Beavis and Butthead, gives the simple fun an unusual punch. Starred review in 4/15/06 issue of KirkusTaking a seat in first class aboard the graphic-novels-for-preteens train, this import features a carrot-topped lass who travels the starways with her piratical uncle Yellow Shoulders, foiling the plots of Supermuscleman, nefarious Chief Executive Dictator of the Universe. Presented in small sequential panels of brightly hued cartoon art and spacious dialogue ballons, Sardine's adventures take her from the space prison Azkatraz to Planet Discoball (for a dance contest presided over by Empress Laser Diskette and her offspring, Prince Beejeez), from encounters with deadly, as well as thoroughly nerve-wracking Honkfish to a deliciously violent round of "No-Child-Left-Behind-School II," a virtual game. With nonstop action, humor geared to multiple levels of cultural awareness and the promise of more episodes to come, even readers stubbornly r