Animal Crackers: A Gene Luen Yang Collection

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Slave Labor Graphics, 2010 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 216 pages
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The early work of Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese, is collected in this special edition containing Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, and Loyola Chin and the San Peligran Order, plus an all-new story by Yang. Animal Crackers: A Gene Luen Yang Collection tells two stories of two very different young people who encounter the extraordinary while living their ordinary lives. Gordon, a sweet but not very deep-thinking high school student, has his life as a bully disrupted when a tiny alien aircraft lodges in his nostril. Meanwhile, Loyola must question her surety in her intellect when a junk-food-fueled dream encounter with a powerful alien being forces her to ask if it's better to be smart than virtuous.

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Review: Animal Crackers: A Gene Luen Yang Collection

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It's interesting to see some of the same themes here that emerge in Yang's later works: self-identity, struggles with faith and family. As in some of his later works, the converging of parallel stories is a strength, but the endings can lack satisfying resolution. Read full review

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User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

This is not as good as some of his other work, the writing is not as seamless, and he uses a few too many cliches (ie cliched phrases). But, I still really enjoyed this, and as another reviewer has ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Gene Luen Yang was born on August 9, 1973.in California. He is a Chinese American writer of graphic novels and comics. He was the Director of Information Services and taught computer science at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California and travels all over the world, speaking about graphic novels and comics at comic book conventions and universities, schools, and libraries. Yang attended the University of California, Berkeley for his undergraduate program where he majored in computer science and minored in creative writing. After graduating in 1995, Yang went to work as a computer engineer for two years. However, after a silent retreat, he realized he was meant to teach and left his job as an engineer to teach computer science at a high school. In 1996, Yang began self-publishing his own comics under Humble Comics. Yang went on to be published with First Second Books an imprint of Macmillan Publishers. In 1997, Yang first published comic Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks under his own imprint, Humble Comics, and it won him the Xeric Grant, a self-publishing grant for comic book creators. Yang later published two more installments in the Gordon Yamamoto mini-series and a sequel, Loyola Chin and the San Peligran Order. In 2006, Yang published American Born Chinese and won the annual Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association recognizing the year's "best book written for teens. Yang's other works have been recognized as well. In 2009, he won the Eisner Award for best short story for Eternal Smile. In 2015 his title Avatar: the Last Airbender - made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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