The Resource Space dumplins, Craig Thompson ; with color by Dave Stewart

Space dumplins, Craig Thompson ; with color by Dave Stewart

Label
Space dumplins
Title
Space dumplins
Statement of responsibility
Craig Thompson ; with color by Dave Stewart
Title variation
Space dumplings
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Artist
Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"For Violet Marlocke, family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy. So when her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can't just sit around and do nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to find him. But space is big and dangerous, and she soon discovers that her dad has been swallowed by a giant, planet-eating whale. With her father's life on the line, nothing is going to stop Violet from trying to rescue him and keep her family together"--
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Award
YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2016.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 5-8 Violet’s dad works for the sawmill, which refines space-whale poop into valuable fuel. It’s a tough, thankless job, and along with her mom’s work as a low-level fashion designer, they eke by. Soon, though, their income is the least of their problems. While her dad is away on a top-secret mission for the sawmill, a devastating wave of sticky whale diarrhea (eerily like an oil spill) sweeps through their sector, and she and her mother don’t know whether her father is safe. Her mother can’t afford the help they need to find her dad, so intrepid Violet launches her own mission, along with Elliot, the seizure-prone, hyperintelligent chicken, and Zaccheus, the loud-mouthed, runty Lumpkin. For all its scatological humor, Thompson’s sci-fi adventure is packed with sensitive commentary on all-too-familiar issues—dependence on a destructive energy source, stark economic divides, and prejudice against the poor. His kinetic full-color illustrations are jammed with wacky aliens and Seussian space architecture, while the intensely detailed backgrounds signal economic differences: poorer sectors are dusty, brown, and full of cobbled-together spaceships and piles of rusty junk, while the tony space station is full of sleek, swooping lines; transparent walkways; and bright, shiny colors. With thrilling adventure, a stalwart and good-hearted hero, some well-timed laughs, and a meaningful message at its heart, this will surely be a star. -- Hunter, Sarah (Reviewed 08-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 22, p48)
  • Gr 5 Up — Violet's family lives among the Roids, the boondocks of the galaxy, where her father collects the whale droppings that fuel society. It's a dangerous job, for these massive space mammals eat anything stationary. During a bout of whale diarrhea (the equivalent of an oil spill), Violet's father goes missing. However, this capable young lady isn't about to sit still. With teamwork, she and her diverse group of alien friends learn they can pass impassible obstacles, save baby whales, and survive the harsh realities of space. This volume is a cornucopia of wacky aliens, cool ships, and space junk. Every panel is crammed full of minutely detailed line art and colored to match the status of the place (the elitist space-station Shell-Tarr has bright hues, while "outer space" has all the rusty and grimy shades of a junkyard). For this whirlwind adventure, Thompson uses dynamic layouts, opens up smaller spaces with cross-sections, and even mimics the action with some panels. While the work scrutinizes the energy crisis that humanity has yet to avert, it mostly focuses on the themes of family, friendship, and cooperation. VERDICT With its fully realized artistic vision, oddball humor, and fantastic story, Space Dumplins will appeal to those who loved, but have outgrown, Zita the Space Girl (First Second, 2011) and Cleopatra in Space (Scholastic, 2014).—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada --Rachel Forbes (Reviewed August 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 8, p95)
  • /* Starred Review */ A third of the way into Thompson's first graphic novel for young readers, his heroine Violet mishears "eschatological" as "scatological." Oddly enough, both adjectives fit the story to a T. Poop is everywhere in Violet's itinerant, extraterrestrial existence—neon green space whale poop, that is. Violet's father, a "lumberjack," harvests it for money (it's an important energy source), while her mother works in the fashion industry; the family's financial stresses are as keenly felt as the tension between blue-collar and creative-class work. When a toxic whale diarrhea spill threatens widespread disaster, and Violet's father goes missing, she is thrust into a position to save the day, joined by Elliot, a timid chicken plagued by portentous visions, and Zacchaeus, a rowdy alien who may be the last of his kind. Thompson (Habibi) has created a richly imagined and gorgeously illustrated universe, and his candy-colored palette belies the class divisions, environmental woes, and corporate/industrial dominance of Violet's future. It's a wild and funny escapade, undergirded by a tender portrait of a family just trying to get by. Ages 8–12. Agent: PJ Mark, Janklow & Nesbit. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed September 7, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 36, p)
  • In a galaxy far, far away, a young girl and her motley crew of friends fight to save her father and the solar system from a destructive fleet of space whales. After exhausting all other fuel sources, inhabitants of the universe now rely on the waste of planet-eating space whales, which is processed by "lumberjacks" like Violet's dad. Her impoverished family lives in a trailer park on a perilously stationary asteroid, unlike the upper-crust, who reside on perpetually moving, fuel-dependent space stations, where her mother is a day laborer. Lured by danger and money, her father agrees to an impossible mission and ends up missing. Violet and her newfound gang of friends—an erudite young rooster named Elliot who identifies himself as a chicken, an alien claiming to be the last of his kind, and a gang of her father's old cronies—embark on a quest to save her dad from a space whale and help stop a deluge of whale dysentery from drowning the solar system, but they learn that his disappearance is a part of something larger and more sinister. Thompson's art is wild and busy, with overcrowded, unconventional panel structures. The worldbuilding is a strikingly imaginative pastiche that seamlessly blends biblical references, poop jokes, and social satire. Fans of Ben Hatke's Zita the Spacegirl series should gravitate to this offering. A weird and wonderful intergalactic tale. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)(Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2015)
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10439960
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rHrCUE8hjFQ
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1975-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thompson, Craig
Dewey number
741.5/973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.7.T5187
LC item number
Sp 2015
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 12
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
Reading level
3.7
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Stewart, Dave
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True
Series statement
Space dumplins
Series volume
vol. 1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Outer space
  • Girls
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Missing persons
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Graphic novels
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Missing persons
  • Science fiction
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Girls
  • Missing persons
  • Outer space
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Space dumplins, Craig Thompson ; with color by Dave Stewart
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
Contents
Gimme shell-tarr -- Missing component -- Triple threat -- Occupational hazard -- Bait & switch -- Red shell, blue blood -- Fin or fluke? -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn900624097
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
310 pages
Isbn
9780545565431
Lccn
2014956159
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (OCoLC)900624097
  • (Sirsi) a1231914
Label
Space dumplins, Craig Thompson ; with color by Dave Stewart
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Gimme shell-tarr -- Missing component -- Triple threat -- Occupational hazard -- Bait & switch -- Red shell, blue blood -- Fin or fluke? -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn900624097
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
310 pages
Isbn
9780545565431
Lccn
2014956159
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (OCoLC)900624097
  • (Sirsi) a1231914

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