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The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza
ISBN: 9781596439177
Author: Kochalka, James
Publisher: First Second
Published: March 2014
Retail: $12.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: An inept intergalactic hero embarks on a perilous journey to deliver a pizza while receiving advice from his trusty talking backpack.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Science Fiction
Library of Congress Subjects:
Graphic novels.
Extraterrestrial beings; Fiction.
Heroes; Fiction.
Dewey: 741.5/973
LCCN: 2013023169
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Glorkian Warrior
Book type: Easy Fiction
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 7.50" W
Bargain Category: Early Elementary, Fantasy, Picture Books, Science Fiction, Upper Elementary
Grade level(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

James Kochalka is the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. He's the author and illustrator of several popular children's book series, including Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher. Dragon Puncher Island won an Eisner Award in 2012 for Best Publication for Early Readers, but he's also won the Harvey Award and four Ignatz Awards for his books for adults. Kochalka lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife and two sons. Following a rich career in indie comics, The Glorkian Warrior is his first book with a traditional publisher.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
In this overtly silly book, the Glorkian Warrior and his sidekick, Super Backpack, team up to deliver a pizza and meet their heroic destiny. At over one-hundred pages, the slim story line is too protracted, though the candy-colored comics are energetic and the slapstick humor (e.g., a plot point involves the main character punching himself in the face) will resonate with young readers.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 January #1)

Johnny Boo creator Kochalka introduces a three-eyed, three-toothed, pink alien who sets a new intergalactic bar for nincompoopery. In the course of 20 brief chapters, the Glorkian Warrior attempts to deliver a pizza—never mind that the phone call ordering it was a wrong number (luckily, he has a leftover peanut butter and clam pizza in the fridge). The plot is driven forward by the Glorkian Warrior's banter with his yellow Super Backpack—"Well, here we go, I guess," says the unenthusiastic backpack as they set out. "Our stupid destiny awaits!"—and their encounters with potential foes, who often aren't what they seem. Kochalka sets the action against swirling purple skies and a rocky multicolor landscape, and his clean, emphatic cartooning gives every pratfall, explosion, and head-butt maximum impact. Eventually, the story meanders back to where it started, leading Super Backpack to wonder, "Does that mean this whole adventure was for nothing?" From a plot perspective, yes, but fans of Kochalka's brand of absurdity (or who want to watch the Glorkian Warrior punch himself in the face a lot) will still have reason to tune in. Ages 5–9. (Mar.)¦

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 March)

Gr 1–4—The Glorkian Warrior, a three-eyed, amiable alien dunce with an overdeveloped sense of drama, and Super Backpack, his sentient portable weapon system with a yen for action, receive a mysterious call to deliver a pizza. "You say wrong number… I say… DESTINY!" the Warrior declares, and the book continues in this vein of tongue-in-cheek lunacy. The mild adversarial relationship between the Warrior and his backpack mimics the sibling dynamic found in Kochalka's other books-most obviously in the "Johnny Boo" series (Top Shelf, 2008)-and provides much of the humor and the engine with which most readers will find a recognizable hook amid the flights of fancy. The book is leisurely paced, featuring large panels with lots of breathing room padding out most of the surprising length, with zany miscommunication and humorous confusion slowing down the action. Kochalka uses this ambling storytelling style to have a gag with each turn of the page, thus ensuring engagement with readers. While the character renderings are rather staid, the expressiveness of their eyes and mouths is effectively dynamic, and the eight-bit, retro-aesthetic color palette helps establish the extraterrestrial bona fides of the setting. Quirky, funny, lighthearted, and interestingly subversive.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH

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