Tuesday, 30 April 2013

A skinny skinny: Graham Chafee's Good Dog

I'd been hearing a bit on the whisper-sphere about Graham Chafee's Good Dog, so in a moment of academic task avoidance I hit Fantagraphic's site to see what the skinny was (forgive me my trespasses okay? I've always wanted to say that). I have a weird habit where I only like to read a few lines of blurb or summary and that's enough to gauge interest; I like to  leave as much of the discovery to the actual reading of a book as I can.

Anyway, the skinny: I pre-ordered it. I have a feeling it's a book that will make you cry. If you want a longer skinny, there's the full preview complete with pages below.

'Ivan, who is plagued by terrible nightmares about chickens and rabbits, is a good dog — if only someone would notice. Readers accompany the stray as he navigates dog society, weathers pack politics, and surveys canine-human interactions.

Good Dog's story and pen-and-ink art are deceptively simple, but Chaffee uses the approachability of the subject matter as a device to explore topics such as independence, security, assimilation, loyalty, and violence. Preteen-and-up dog fanciers, especially, will warm to the well-meaning Ivan and his exploits with a motley assortment of Scotties, Bulldogs, and mutts. Chaffee combines illustrative gravitas with cartooning verve and creates a richly textured, dog’s-eye view of the world. The story is a rousing Jack London-esque adventure as well as a moral parable.'

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