Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Copper, by Kazu Kibuishi

I picked this graphic novel off the shelf at school not really knowing what to expect, and ended up with quite a bit to think about.

Copper and his dog Fred are living in a seemingly post apocalyptic reality. They are living on their own among various landscapes peppered with city-scapes, mountain ranges, giant mushroom fields, and where air travel (blimps, helicopters, and do-it-yourself planes) are mainstream forms of travel. Each single and dual page spread is titled and offers up a piece of Copper and Fred's life together.

Copper starts his journey expecting the worst, in part because of Fred's constant worry and fear. By the end of this volume, however, it is evident to readers that Copper's load has been lightened somehow.

This is a deep read that will give thoughtful readers pause. In turns heartbreaking and life affirming, Copper is the kind of book that readers will want to own, and return to time and time again.

1 comment:

leslie said...

I am eager to read Copper after your comments and after reading (and now owning) Kibuishi's Amulet (I & II). He does beautiful work; both drawn and written. He is my prime example as to why graphically told stories (comics) should be taken more seriously (in and out of the classroom). I also like that his drawing style for children's stories is not "cartoony."