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!
My Thoughts on Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson
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.
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!
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!
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!
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:
This (below) had to be one of my favorite pages… Elliot breaking the fourth wall to look at the reader was hysterical!
My Final Thoughts on Space Dumplins
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!
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