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Sardine in Outer Space Paperback – 19 May 2006

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: First Second; 1st American ed edition (19 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596431261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596431263
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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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By Tim Janson - Published on
Format: Paperback
Sardine in Outer Space is the creation of a couple of two brilliant French cartoonists and writers Emmanuel Guibert and Joann Sfar. This book collects twelve stories featuring the adventures of a little girl named Sardine, her cousin Louie, and her Uncle, the pirate Captain Yellow Shoulder as they travel through space on their ship The Huckleberry with a crew of kids and battle the evil Supermuscleman and his chief henchman Doc Krok.

In the opening tale Sardine has to rescue her uncle who has been captured by the diabolical pair who are trying to force him to tell where his ship is hidden. It's up to Sardine to save the day but only after she eludes a giant space leech. In another tale, the kids are swimming on a planet made almost entirely of water called "Glug" when Sardine and Louie are captured by some honking and tooting undersea fishmen.

In "Planet Discoball" uncle Yellow Shoulder is forced to land on a planet that looks, well, just like a glittering discoball in order to re-fuel. Gas is in short supply but the Empress Laser Diskette have promised a full tank of gas to the winner of her tournament. All you have to do is dance with the slug-like Empress to win!

As you can see these are stories geared towards a younger reader, but not too young as there is some wonderfully clever humor that very young ones won't catch. That said, adults will get a kick out of these wacky antics as well as the book has a look very reminiscent of old underground comics. The colors by Walter Pezalli must also be pointed out as his bold coloring truly makes the book come alive. I found myself enjoying this book so much more than I would have ever dreamed. Unfortunately we don't often get much exposure to comics outside of the U.S. and kudos to First Second books for publishing this gem.

Reviewed by Tim Janson
Cool book! 24 May 2006
By Armchair Interviews - Published on
Format: Paperback
Geared more toward children, more so the middle reader, Sardine in Outer Space is the first "graphic novel" I've reviewed.

The cartoon drawings will attract children and can be enjoyed by adults as well.

This story was translated from French by Sasha Watson. Comic authors Guibert and Sfar took turns writing the script and drawing pictures.

The heroine Sardine, her uncle Yellow Shoulder and Little Louie board the Huckleberry and blast off into space. There they encounter cosmic squid, masters of the universe, leeches, talking clouds and many evil characters. Your child would love think this is so cool.

Supermuscleman is the evil guy and with his helper Doc Krok, they chase Sardine and friends. The story line also includes manners, moral stories and human--teaching and reinforcing messages.

About one character they say, "He is so brave," to which another says, "No, that's just his job." Another chimes in, "But he is NOT crazy."

Many of the space-age characters will remind you of the Star Wars space mutants.

Armchair Interviews says: If your child is imaginative and enjoys quirky things they will like Sardine in Outer Space, a good example these new graphic novels (that means a comic bound like a book).
Book Review: Sardine In Outer Space 28 Nov. 2007
By T. Jonker - Published on
Format: Paperback
As many librarians will tell you, "give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Give a child an age-appropriate graphic novel and it will circulate until the pages disintegrate". Kind of an odd saying, I know, but a true one. This title was originally published in France and has now been translated for the American audience. Less graphic novel than serial, this collection of short comics tell the story of a little girl (Sardine), her uncle Captain Yellow Shoulder, and cousin Louie. Together they fight against the evil combo of Supermuscleman, chief executive dictator of the universe, and his large headed sidekick Doc Krok.

The adventures are fast paced and goofy, occasionally straying into the absurd. In one tale, our heros travel to planet Discoball to take part in a dance contest with The Empress Laser Diskette. Providing the music? Diskette's son Prince BeeJeez. Yes, like the band.

Kids will enjoy the action and silly situations, but this reviewer was left wanting just a little bit more.
Sent to grandkids 10 Mar. 2014
By graham tutill - Published on
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This is the sort of unusual, creative,graphic work that I feel is good for opening kids minds.
Apparantly , they love it.
5 year old loves these comics 25 July 2013
By J. Meyer - Published on
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A great series of comics. I think they are written for a slightly older audience, but my 5 year old absolutely loves them. I like them because I can read them to him, then once he knows the story lines he pores through the pages himself. The story lines are unoffensive (unlike some other series aimed at young readers), although some parents might not approve of the occasional use of the words "stupid" and "dumb."
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