Copper is a compilation of cartoons. It is not a graphic novel but a series of short stories in graphic form. Copper and his dog Fred remind me of Calvin and Hobbes except Fred is depressed instead of exuberant. Copper left me wanting to read more of the work from Kazu Kibuishi, such as Amulet, which I believe I have in my library already. It is inventive, beautiful and intelligent work. The themes will appeal to young people over a wide range of ages but may resonate more deeply with teens. Worth adding to the K-8 library and to the 9-12. It will appeal to a wide range of ages. My copy is a beautiful trade paper back. The paper feels good to the touch. It’s an enjoyable read on many levels.
Rating #1 (Highly Recommended) ✓ #2 #3 #4 (Not acceptable)
Interest Level: grades 4+ Reading Level: 4+
Curriculum Area: Language Arts, visual arts
Themes/Topics: friendship, perseverance, fantasy
This book would be suitable for ✓ Lit Circles ✓ Kit Materials