By Andy Hartzell (author and illustrator)
Place: Publisher & Year: Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions, 2007
Genre: Fantasy, animal story
Format: Graphic novel
Intended audience: Adults (but would be fine for young adults)
Number of pages: 104
Settings: Foxville, Bunnyburg, and Funniopolis
Time period: contemporary
Plot summary: In a world populated by foxes and bunnies, the foxes brutally hunt and devour the bunnies. Everybody knows this and their places within this world – everybody except one lonely fox who doesn’t fit in.
Pacing: The book is divided into three sections. The first is the smallest and moves more slowly than the other two. It introduces the reader to the world and characters at a more leisurely pace. The following two sections move quite rapidly.
Characterization: There is one main character in this book; the story is told through his perspective. All of the characters in the book are either foxes or bunnies.
Frame: Drawn in black and white with a wonderful use of contrast. The story tells a dark tale, but with an illuminating ending.
Story line: A twisted and disturbing tale which deals with identity issues in both a funny and serious manner (without using any words at all).
Foxes — Comic books, strips, etc.
Rabbits — Comic books, strips, etc.
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The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
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American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Blankets by Craig Thompson
I Love Led Zeppelin by Ellen Forney
Personal notes: I loved this book. It’s definitely twisted and disturbing, but so is life.
Other (themes, diversity): Diversity – cross dresser