Prime Baby (Paperback)Gene Luen Yang (author)
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Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Number of pages: 64
Weight: 122 g
Dimensions: 141 x 217 x 6 mm
Starred Review in 3/15 Booklist
Eight-year-old Thaddeus Fong is insanely jealous of his baby sister and exploits his intelligence as a weapon against his social insecurities. Politics ranging from those of the family to those of state are explored and sent up as Yang unfolds a rich and spirited story that lays bare psychological and social truths, a parable in which ever-forgiving space aliens play a major role in advancing not just the plot but also character development. Using the flat, cartoon style of his award-winning "American Born Chinese "(2006), Yang pulls us in from the first page and packs in several surprises as well as clever asides within its 55, multi-paneled, single-strip pages, allowing plenty of white space to force readers to note the finest details of the action in counterpoint to Thaddeus' attempts to interpret every interaction as a personal slight. The color palette employed is soft, subtly contradicting Thaddeus' emphatic evil-versus-good outlook with its relative gentleness. Sf readers who value humor and humanity (not just slam-bang action), Christians, newcomers to graphic novels, and fans of Yang's simultaneously childlike and sophisticated ability to create and maintain tension should all be satisfied by his new book. --"Francisca Goldsmith"
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