August Moon

August Moon The townspeople of Calico believe in family In fact some say that the souls of dead ancestors watch over this town and on a clear night you can see their Soul Fires dancing through the sky But when

  • Title: August Moon
  • Author: Diana Thung
  • ISBN: 9781603090698
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Paperback
  • The townspeople of Calico believe in family In fact, some say that the souls of dead ancestors watch over this town, and on a clear night, you can see their Soul Fires dancing through the sky But when young Fiona Gan comes to town with her father, she finds that the Soul Fires are just the beginning of Calico s mysteries Strange graffiti appears all over town, a hugeThe townspeople of Calico believe in family In fact, some say that the souls of dead ancestors watch over this town, and on a clear night, you can see their Soul Fires dancing through the sky But when young Fiona Gan comes to town with her father, she finds that the Soul Fires are just the beginning of Calico s mysteries Strange graffiti appears all over town, a huge rabbit like creature is found in an alley, and a peculiar street boy named Jaden claims to come from the moon Now time may be running out, because Fi and her dad are not the only newcomers to Calico As the Soul Fire festival approaches and a creepy corporation starts to bulldoze the nearby forests, she finds herself drawn into Jaden s battle for the soul of a community.

    One thought on “August Moon”

    1. A rather lovely graphic novel that's essentially a quirky tribute to My Neighbour Totoro and Miyazaki's other works. The artwork's unusual and a little rough, but very evocative, and I found myself enjoying it a great deal.

    2. A mysterious group of corporate thugs are looking to turn Calico’s forest into a developer’s playground and since the people of Calico are fierce in their protection of the woods, they must go about its destruction in a devious manner. The forest’s extinction isn’t their only target, but the annihilation of the “vermin” as well—mythical creatures ala Totoro who are solid enough to take a bullet, yet folkloric enough to remain unseen by most adults.After witnessing one of these crea [...]

    3. What a purely beautiful book! Fi and Jaden are wonderful characters, and the art is gorgeous, the pacing quick and elegant. I don't know how to describe the success of this other thing -- good storyboarding? When a sequence of panels conveys meaning seamlessly through an economy of word, image, and their organization on the page. Anyway it has that.The only part where I felt it was on shaky ground was with how one-note the villains are. What I love about Miyazaki's portrayal of Forest v. Industr [...]

    4. A very interesting, somewhat Totoro like, adventure story. The story centers around Fiona, a young girl who recently lost her mother and has come to stay with her uncle while her scientist father researches sightings of strange rabbit-like creatures in the neighborhood. Calico, the town, was her mom's hometown and Fiona is torn between her uncle, who wants Fi to fondly imagine her mother in heaven, and her father who wants his daughter to be rational and scientific.Fi shuts both influences away [...]

    5. When Fiona Gan and her father come to the town of Calico for a summer month in Diana Thung's graphic novel August Moon, she spends her days and nights exploring the deserted rooftops and wandering in the forest, meeting the magical creatures who live in the places grownups never see.From the Totoro-like rabbit creature on the cover to the Studio Ghibli namecheck in the author's acknowledgements, August Moon proudly and openly acknowledges its debt to the anime of Hayao Miyazaki. If the book does [...]

    6. I picked this book up at the library based solely on the cover. I had no idea what the story was about or what kind of adventure it would take me on. Boy am I happy I judged this book by its cover. Fiona, Jaden, and the wonderful creatures in the forest will keep you turning page after page. Often I found myself getting up to do something but finding myself immediately sitting back down to flip another twenty pages in this book. I really enjoyed the sketchy style of art and the lack of color act [...]

    7. This book opens on a street in a town with a bakery, some kids, a VW Bug, a person sweeping the floor of what presumably the bakery. It's a four panel page with one big panel and three small ones underneath it, and in the big panel floats a word bubble that hasn't yet attached itself to a character. Inside we find musical notes, and the words, "Lilliput! Lilliput!" On the next page we meet a group of kids, wearing robot costumes made of already-been-used cardboard boxes. They sing, "doot, doot" [...]

    8. Občas nepochopitelné a překračující rámec mého běžného chápání, ale přesto napínavé a zejména milé vyprávění o odvaze a jednom fantaskním světě.

    9. I'm still not too sure what this book was about? I understood the general plot but I was a little bit confused in parts

    10. August Moon. Will Eisner Meets MangaA very fascinating and magical graphic novel that expertly and easily parts back and forth between the serious and senseless flowed into my life recently. And very early on I realized why I experienced joy with this volume. It reminded me of Will Eisner meeting Manga.The story is called August Moon and it is written and drawn by talented newcomer Diana Thung. She tells the tale of a small town called Calico who are frequently visited by the Soul Fire, orbs of [...]

    11. I had been wanting to read this graphic novel for a while. It ended up being a very good story, the illustration is okay as well but nothing spectacular.Fiona Gan comes to town with her father who is there to research some strange unknown rabbit-like creature that has been found in the City. When Fiona arrives she meets Jaden (who says he came from the moon), sees Soul Fires, strange graffiti on the walls, and meets some gentle rabbit/bear-like creatures. However, Fiona isn’t the only new arri [...]

    12. Fi, a young girl who likes to take pictures, accompanies her professor father to the small hamlet of Calico. Something mysterious is going on in the forest and Fi, along with her new-found friend Jaden, are caught up in saving the town from the strange men in the forest who are also leasing an empty storefront in townGUST MOON, a graphic novel by Diane Thung, considers the legend of the Soul Fire; floating lights in the sky that supposedly represent the souls of departed ancestors. It took awhil [...]

    13. Reason for Reading: Simply sounded intriguing!This is such a unique book and story that I'm quite literally at a loss to review this one. I enjoyed it immensely. It is a simplistic story, yet there is so much that is not said, that is implied, that is shown in the eyes of the characters. At first glance with the cute bear-bunny characters and the abundant children one may assume this is a children's book, but it's not. There is the use of language not appropriate for under young adults and the t [...]

    14. The book, August Moon, by Diana Thung is a book about the people of Calico town and their beliefs. They believe in family and say that the souls of their dead ancestors keep an eye on them through the skies, and that they are able to see the “soul fires” of them dancing in the skies on clear nights. The story revolves around a girl named Fiona Gan who loves taking pictures and her father who is a scientist. They both moved to the town of Calico to live with her uncle. Fiona’s mother passed [...]

    15. In writer and illustrator Diana Thung's graphic novel, August Moon, there are both adventure and mischief. The two main characters are Fiona and Jaden. Jaden seems to be the village's child. Jaden is always into some sort of trouble, speaking in riddles and jumping everywhere he can. Fiona just came to town to stay with her Uncle while her scientist father researches a sighting of a new animal species in town. An elusive rabbit bear. Fiona lost her mother many years ago and does not want to hear [...]

    16. August Moon by Diana Thung, published 2012.Modern fantasy.Comic.Grades 9-12.Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Lisa Goldstein.In the town of Calico, the forest has always been held to be special, safe from developments or other attacks by humans wanting to modernize things. This changes when a new company enters Calico with the goal of tearing down the forests and bringing in big business. It's up to the withdrawn Fi and the mysterious Jaden, who claims to come from the moon, to figur [...]

    17. Disclosure: I received an e-book ARC via NetGalley.How can I describe August Moon? It has a fanciful, folk-tale quality with mysterious happenings, magical creatures, and strange, monkey-like enemies that are attacking for unexplained reasons. It throws in a little science, a very multi-cultural environment, and a little bit on death and family relations. I think "quirky" would definitely apply.The artwork, rendered in black and white, is very suited to the story, with lines very loose and whims [...]

    18. With art reminiscent of Taiyo Matsumoto and characters straight out of a Ghibli film, I expected great things from this book. Perhaps I expected too much. After all, Matsumoto and Miyazaki are big names to live up to, and Thung makes a good effort. There are magical moments in the work, but they don't feel as organic as those in a Matsumoto book or a Ghibli film. Still, the photographs throughout the book help to develop Fi's view of the world and show us the beauty in everyday images like cobbl [...]

    19. I did like this graphic novel, however I think it will be difficult to find the right audience for it. Young children will not understand the subtleties and might grow bored with it. Teens and some adults I think would be the best audience, though they might be turned off by the main characters being young children. If one were to just read the text they might not get the full scope of the story either, the pictures do a lot to enhance the tale and bring it to the reader. It is also fairly lengt [...]

    20. A graphic novel heavily influenced by Hayao Miyazaki's films in general and My Neighbor Totoro in particular, though it's rather like Princess Mononoke crossed with the latter, as there are bad guys with guns. There's also a little bit of Lorax. It's cute and sweet and has likeable protagonists, but I found it harder to read visually than it had to be. For example, there would be multiple panels of a character facing different directions when they were only supposed to be moving in one direction [...]

    21. I picked up this title for two reasons. One, I like graphic novels. Two, the cover reminded me of some Japanese animated movies I liked, with the strange round animal with large eyes.Yet I couldn't finish it. I struggled to get to page 120, where I finally gave up. The artwork is unappealing to me. The layout of the panels confused me at times; I couldn't tell what was going on. The storyline, while fairly whacked, was too whacked for me to appreciate, I guess. Odd animals. Evil men, precocious [...]

    22. This one sort of snuck up on me. For the first 40 pages or so I was all eh, cute kids and bouncy bunny things, what's the big deal? But it was a pretty big deal, about the magic of childhood, and doing the right thing even when it's pretty tricky, and just the coolness of this mysterious little town where the story takes place. Thung builds a full and strange world, and I really enjoyed getting to know it and it's inhabitants, and following the perilous adventure to its semi-thrilling conclusion [...]

    23. I didn't know what to make of this as first. The story is fairly slow, and some of the characters seem borderline annoying, and why do some of the people look like monkeys?! I am so glad I stuck with it, though, because it all unfolds exactly like it should. It rewards your patience with a mysterious, almost otherworldly conflict between a town's magical traditions and the minions of a greedy, destructive corporation. Resistance, we learn, must come from the heart. Influenced by Miyazaki films b [...]

    24. This is one of the first graphic novels I have read so it took me a while to get into the plot since I wasn't used to the style of the book. However, once I got into the story I enjoyed reading about Fi and Jaden fighting to save the forest from the evil monkey-men who want to bulldoze it. This book will appeal to readers who likes adventure and action. Publication Date: 2012Age/Grade level: 9th grade to 12th gradeFormat: Print Book

    25. I'm not sure if this is teens or kids or adult but I believe all will have fun with this adventure story. Bad guys, fun creatures, a kid who's not quite just a kid, and a girl with a camera will keep all ages entertained. (I personally think the creatures look a bit too much like Totoro. Maybe the ears could have been longer? I just kept thinking of the Miyazaki film and that pulled me out of the story.)

    26. I wanted this to be better than it was, but the formatting was kind of clunky. Strange use of panels, as though the author has either not read a lot of comics or has not actually considered the theory behind making comics. Directionality was unclear at points, as was some of the detail.A cool premise, but not well executed, and a not very memorable ending. It was okay, though. I'd recommend it to kids who don't need their comics to try very hard and are bored by everything else.

    27. Greatly enjoyed this one! I really feel like it's a tribute piece to Miyazaki films - from the rabbit-bears who kind of looks like Totoro and the theme of protecting our Earth before it's too late. There were some aspects that seemed really Singaporean to me (eg. the various food carts that sold anything from baos to satay). I searched up the author and was surprised to know that she lived in Singapore for a while! Really awesome feeling to see something local in the books you read.

    28. This book is incredibly okay. That isn't a slight against it, but I can't help but feel that okay is all it could accomplish. A very intriguing story, it has elements of folklore weaved throughout, but for the sheer volume of the book, it is very light on content. The dialog is far too sparse, and portions of the story could have been delved into more at the expense of extraneous panels. Cute creatures though.

    29. My problems with this can be summed up with the observation that there is absolutely no reason for this book to run over 300 pages. The story is simple, and although there are some lovely panels and character designs, the loose style just seems sloppy and unedited when sprawled across so many pages.

    30. I'm not going to say this covers some new or amazing ground -- her thanks to Totoro at the end is there for a reason -- but it was sweet and a good late night read. I'm going to pass this on to my daughter and see what she thinks. Some stories are just good and will be told again and again.

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