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Flight Explorer: Volume 1    edited by Kazu Kibuishi order for
Flight Explorer
by Kazu Kibuishi
Order:  USA  Can
Villard, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Flight Explorer: Volume 1 is a fun comic anthology from the editor of the Flight series, but geared towards middle-schoolers. However, these short and entertaining comics will please fans of all ages.

All of the ten stories told in Flight Explorer: Volume 1 are great (and quick) reads, but my two favorites had to be the first and last ones. The opening tale, Cooper: Mushroom Crossing by Kazu Kibuishi, tells the story of a boy and his dog trying to get across a ravine of mushrooms. Cooper, the boy, thinks it would be fun to jump across the mushrooms but Fred, the dog, keeps pointing out the bridge only a little ways away. Before Fred can stop him, Cooper is bounding across the mushrooms and Fred has to follow, only to learn a lesson when he starts having too much fun. The whole thing made me chuckle aloud.

The final piece in the anthology, Snow Cap: 2nd Verse by Matthew Armstong, is a cute, short tale about a girl and her pet monster, who gets a little overzealous in his affection. The entire story is told entirely through pictures, and reminds me of a Pixar short. It is one of the stories that leaves you with a smile and a warm and fuzzy feeling. While these two were my favorites, I enjoyed every single story in Flight Explorer: Volume 1. All the artists have very different styles, and this helped to make the anthology a great read.

While the ten stories are all very short (I breezed through the whole anthology in under a half hour), they all make you think (and most make you laugh, too). Because of this, Flight Explorer: Volume 1 is a great choice for both reluctant readers and avid readers seeking short but thoughtful entertainment.

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