Sardine in Outer Space by Emmanuel Guibert, Joann Sfar


Sardine in Outer Space by Emmanuel Guibert, Joann Sfar

In the goofy space adventures of a young girl called Sardine, encounters aren't always friendly: weird creatures, cosmic squids, masters of the universe, talking clouds and evil beings abound. In this volume of twelve stories, Supermuscleman, the chief executive dictator of the universe, is on a mission to make all the galaxy's kids behave. Sardine must enlist the help of her cousin Lou and her pirate uncle, the gruff Captain Yellow Shoulder, to outwit him and his evil plans. The first book in an exciting series by two of France's most talented authors, Sardine is a feast for the imagination of young readers. Emmanuel Guibert, an outstanding artist and graphic storyteller, takes turn on the script; while Sfar illuminates the writing with rambunctious, high-energy artwork.


Sardine is the sprightly, swashbuckling niece of Captain Yellow Shoulder, a galactic pirate who saves children from orphanages run by a costume-wearing villain (Supermuscleman). Twelve chapters each contain a short adventure, as Sardine and her cousin Little Louie fight Supermuscleman and his Assistant, Doc Krok, as well as various aliens, creatures, and robots. The artwork is scratchy and primitive, but also contains the sort of raw, grotesque sensibility that so often clicks with young readers. Tentacles, poisons, and gloopy substances are exhibited in abundance, as is Supermuscleman's rear end, and despite Yellow Shoulder's vast musculature, it is petite Sardine who usually ends up saving the day. Occasional puns and cultural references are sophisticated (e.g., a trio of clouds made from beer, wine, and rum take their names from Dumas's Three Musketeers; the youngsters play a video game called No-Child-Left-Behind-School II ), but most of the dramatic situations are comical enough to be appreciated by the intended audience.--Benjamin Russell, The Derryfield School, Manchester, NH School Library Journal

About the Author

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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128 pages
Interest Age: 8-11


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Publication date

19th May 2006



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