I am on a graphic novel kick...and this is one I normally would have passed on; the style of illustrations just isn't my thing...very cartoony, very busy, very bright. I started reading it while processing new books and I was drawn into the story very quickly, the writing is that good. I can see why this guy has won *alot* of awards. This is a great graphic for ages 9 and up.
Book Description via Amazon
Highly acclaimed graphic novelist Craig Thompson's debut book for young
readers about a plucky heroine on a mission to save her dad.
Violet Marlocke, family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy.
So when her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can't
just sit around and do nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution
to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to
find him. But space is vast and dangerous, and she soon discovers that
her dad is in big, BIG trouble. With her father's life on the line,
nothing is going to stop Violet from trying to rescue him and keep her
Visionary graphic novel creator Craig Thompson
brings all of his wit, warmth, and humor to create a brilliantly drawn
story for all ages. Set in a distant yet familiar future, SPACE DUMPLINS
weaves themes of family, friendship, and loyalty into a grand space
adventure filled with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships, and sharp
commentary on our environmentally challenged world.