This hilarious graphic novel for middle school readers reminds me of all of the comic books that I read when I was growing up everything from Batman to Charlie and Veronica to every Classics Illustrated that I could lay my hands on Kaput Zosky, translated from French, is full of subtle and cynical French humor In one episode, these two inept aliens, who are always looking in outer space for planets to demolish or dominate, land on Wahoona a a tion, a planet that is a democracy Zosky runs for president, promising to help the earthworm farmers, give all the poor a free shave, make the small tall, and allow retirement at 16 Of course, he wins the election, but when the populace demands that he make good on his promises, he leaves in a hurry, saying, What we really need is a democracy where you don t have to keep your promises I wonder where that would be. French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim is a force all on his own Having forced himself to learn to draw quickly and competently, his lines feature the comic purity unique to he himself.In Kaput Z sky, however, Trondheim is aided by Eric Carter in several of the stories The stylistic difference, while notable, adds to the visual diversity throughout the book.Kaput has been described as a fat little stocky guy, an alien bent on planetary domination with special focus on blasting anything that stands in his way By contrast, Z sky is the lanky, like minded companion to Kaput, who tends to proffer peaceable means to achieve his goals of totalitarianism Together, one might think their varied skill sets and personalities would create the perfect alien force.Not so Neither of the two are fully prepared for the social settings in which they immerse themselves In fact, in a universe seemingly bereft of violence, the two find themselves foiling their very own plans Sound familiar Yes, of course the device has been put to use countless times before but in the case of Kaput Z sky, it does not matter nearly so much as the witty dialogue, skewed interpretations, and social satire presented herein.For example, imagine a vacation wherein the rest proves exhausting than the work Or a democracy which actually functions based upon the follow through of campaign promises Kaput Z sky invite readers to take a look at their own world as filtered through the eyes of monomaniacal extra terrestrials And it is a lot fun than viewing it all through a prism of cynicism Kaput Z sky is perfect reading for all ages Children will enjoy the lush landscapes and funny situations of oddly shaped aliens, while adults will see certain truths softly ridiculed to the point of hilarity Too, the stories presented herein are short, and non linear, so the book can be read as quickly or as slowly as desired. This little graphic novel was so cute It s all about two aliens trying to take over multiple planets and the results I loved it Kaput and Zosky are lovable characters with spontaneous, charismatic personalities With new adventures everywhere they go, readers have fun engaging in the story. This French import will delight readers with its absurdity while making them think about their own place in the universe The title characters are two hapless aliens bent on taking over a planet a feat they have not failed at due to lack of trying Each planet they attempt to invade satirizes another aspect of human nature as well as providing plenty of opportunity for the kind of slapstick violence to be found in a Looney Tunes cartoon Interspersed with the story of Kaput and Zosky are one page, wordless comics about a human cosmonaut that embodies our less attractive qualities to hilarious effect Fans of sci fi and humour young and old are sure to enjoy this colorful collection Read of my reviews at Kaput and Z sky are alien conquerors And they want to conquer the Earth, but they re too small So they leave Because the Earth denizens insects are way scary But they travel to other worlds in their tiny two seater spaceship and attempt to take them over instead, with hilarious consequences Kaput is short and squat, purple skinned, with a bright red Mohawk Z sky is tall and lanky and looks like a bean with legs he s got thigh high boots and yellow hair or possibly rabbit ears They re both quick to blast anything that moves, although Kaput s the one who wants to destroy everything and make the civilizations they conquer miserable in whatever way he can Similar to, but slightly less insidious than Invader Zim Amusing.Kaput In less than two hours we shall rule this planet Yes We ll terrorize em, pulverize em, vaporize em We ll crush them in our fists and save the drippings for our dogs Z sky Uh We don t have dogs.Kaput Well, we d better get some, then We ll abase the populace by forcing them to lick the reflections of our dogs shadows Ha ha I love that image.Z sky You know, Kaput, owning a dog is hard work You have to feed it, take it out twice a day to poop Kaput Ok, ok No dog We ll force them to crawl over mountains of filth, and then take photos and send them to their fianc es Oh the shame Z sky But what if they don t have fianc es Kaput Then we ll find them some Z sky Look, uh I have a simpler plan p 35 I ve read several Trondheim books lately and enjoyed them all, but this one is definitely my least favorite of the bunch Dungeon and Tiny Tyrant are for young readers, but I was still able to appreciate the craft in them, laugh at many of the gags, and be surprised by some of the twists This book was much predictable, with fewer genuine shocks and repetitionof a theme Kaput wants to destroy Still, the art had some great, silly alien designs, and none of the stories fail on any level It s perfectly passable stuff, and probably even fun to the right young audience, but it s not a book that most adult readers will take much from. On One Planet The Natives Surrender To Kaput And Zosky Without A Fight Where S The Fun In That On Another, Kaput Finds That He S Won The Lottery And The Prize Is Invested By Well Meaning People Against His Will Until He Learns He Now Rules Their Planet He Doesn T Even Have To Shoot Anyone First Mayhem And Hilarity Abounds In These Thirteen Stories Told With Bright, Cartoony Art By Lewis Trondheim Author Illustrator Lewis Trondheim with Eric Cartier Print Graphic Novel Age 3rd 6th.Kaput and Zosky go on a perilous journey trying to overthrow planets They have a crazy notion that they are in control, but they always seem to escape narrowly with their own lives, from the inhabitants of that planet This book reminds me of Ren and Stimpy, Pinky and The Brain, or any other pair of half witted dufus team The book seemed to have no purpose it started and then it ended I would, however, use this for students who are not interested in reading traditional formulaic books The story is written in a comic book style, but the language is thoughtful. Kaput and Zosky are two intergalactic travelers bent on conquering planets in this graphic book But they never seem to find any success The book is very short and the cartoon characters are interesting In the beginning, the concept was cute but after a few pages, it starts to get tiresome However, for fans of Dav Pilkey or MAD cartoons this is a perfect addition My favorite aliens are the ones who agree to do everything Kaput and Zosky say leading up to hilarious results.
The phenomenal Lewis Trondheim is never where you next expect him As an artist and writer, Trondheim has earned an international following as one of the most inventive, versatile, and prolific graphic authors From autobiography to adventure, from bestselling fantasy and children s books to visual essays, Trondheim s unique, seminal imagination consistently dazzles His work has won numerous awar
- 80 pages
- Kaput and Zosky
- Lewis Trondheim
- 27 November 2019 Lewis Trondheim