Thursday, February 15, 2018

[Graphic Novel Review] Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson

Graphic Novel Review of Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson

Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson is a vibrantly colored, action-packed space adventure about friendship and a young girls' determination to save her family.

When this graphic novel was recommended to me, I immediately requested it from my local library. I'm so happy that I was able to get my hands on it so quickly!

Let's dive into my review!

Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson

For 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 family together.

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. 

My thoughts:
This graphic novel was such a fun read! I mean, I'm a sucker for stories set in space to begin with. Add in a great cast of characters and a rather bizarre plot, and it was all over for me! I picked this up and didn't put it back down until I had reached the last page.

The artwork was just lovely! The bright, vibrant colors were very captivating! I loved that some panels had a lot going on because it made me slow down and really look at all of the details included to make sure I didn't miss anything.

Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson, vibrancy

I thought so many elements of the artwork and story were very interesting! I especially loved that there was a focus on the sea. For example, many of the ships in space were boats but there were also barges and fishing shacks. And of course... there were also the whales!

Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson, garbage barge

The characters were all so much fun! I loved all of them so much. The parents were developed very well, even though the story didn't really center around them. 

Violet was a wonderful main character! She was so curious and so determined from the very start and she only settled more into her role as a leader as the story moved on! I loved seeing her grow up a bit over the course of the storyline. 

Zacchaeus was wonderfully feisty! He was the mouth and muscle of the crew, occasionally causing issues with his hotheadedness. 

Elliot was the brains of the group who struggled quite a bit with his anxiety, but turned out to be very loyal even though his hesitations. 

Then of course there were all the eccentric side characters that were so interesting! 

Zacchaeus from Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson

The writing was awesome. The storyline flowed so well, the dialogue was wonderfully written, and the humor made me laugh right out loud numerous times!

Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson panel, supplies

Of course there were a number of things that were a bit ridiculous and bizarre, but it all worked so well! Take, for example, the dental floss weapon:

Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson fight scene

This (below) had to be one of my favorite pages... Elliot breaking the fourth wall to look at the reader was hysterical!

Elliot from Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson

My final thoughts:
I'm sure it's clear by now that I really enjoyed this one! I can definitely see myself re-reading it sometime in the near future. I would also love to see this turned into a tv series or film!

If you enjoy middle grade stories set in space with a hysterical cast of characters, you gotta check this one out!

Thanks for reading! 


  1. So cute! The artwork looks really great!

  2. This sounds like such a fun read. The artwork is so vivid too!

  3. This looks so fun! And the artwork you shared- love it. I'll definitely be getting this one. :)

    1. I can't wait to see your thoughts! It's such a great middle grade graphic novel! :)

  4. I'm thrilled you loved this one. And yes, all the details did make me slow down and enjoy the book more.

  5. This looks interesting! I've tried a few GNs with my son, but he hasn't shown much interest in them. Maybe he'd like this? Thanks for sharing!

    Do You Dog-ear?

  6. I really need to start reading graphic novels, and I love the illustrations in this - plus the plot sounds great too! Great post Erica, I really need to pick this up <3

    Charlotte |

    1. I hope you love it as much as I do when you get the chance to read it! :)

  7. This does look really cute! That is definitely some great, vibrant artwork, and the characters sound really likeable. And it even has space whales?! XD

  8. This looks totally up my ally. I am definitely looking it up at my library! Thanks with the recommendation and awesome review as always E! :)

  9. This looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing, Erica. :)

  10. This looks great! I am just breaking into manga and graphic novels so I will add this one to my TBR. And yes, I am a sucker for stories set in space too!

    Megan @ Ginger Mom & the Kindle Quest

  11. Great review Erica, this one really looks and sounds like a very cute and adorable graphic novel, I just checked and see if my library has it and they don't which is a real bummer I really wanted too check it out. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.