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Louis. Dreams never die : graphic novel
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Glasgow : Metaphrog, [2004]

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44 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 21 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
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When Louis and FC decide to visit Aunt Alison, little do they realize what dangers lurk in Hamlet's labyrinthine pathways. The odious Fly Catchers are never far behind and a genuine adventure story unfolds. An exploration of our modern lives; a voyage of discovery. hey and mum, have each created something magical with music. Shimmering, fragmented melodious sounds, beautiful atmospheric, strangely insistent. These tracks will make your spirits soar.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite this work's soft, delicate art and cartoon characters, mature readers may appreciate its story more than children will. It's heavy reading, with lots going on beneath the surface of the fanciful four-color images. Louis is a young man who lives in a vivid fairy tale-like world, and readers soon learn he doesn't have much happening in his life. Louis's universe is populated by strange creatures who appear to be following someone or something; few think or act of their own accord. Thus Louis plods on, in this strange place where nothing quite feels real. He writes letters to an Aunt Allison, yet readers never find out if she really exists, since it's later revealed that Louis's neighbor intercepts the letters and replies, signing Aunt Allison's name. And so on. With this work, Franco-Scottish comics team Metaphrog comments on society and the human tendency to follow instead of lead. Louis's plight-stuck in the humdrum everyday, tricked when he tries to leave his hamlet and deceived by those around him-reflects how some people stumble through life. Louis doesn't question much, and although he dreams, he is still grounded during his waking hours. Metaphrog's deep story will have readers contemplating its images and events long after they've reached the final page. (July) FYI: A CD of songs written by Hey (musician Helmut Erler) and Mum (an Icelandic band) inspired by the story accompanies the book. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-An esoteric Scottish graphic novel. Plagued by nightmares of being trapped in a menacing garden, Louis spends his waking hours talking to his pet bird, making fruit-shaped crafts, and corresponding with his aunt. He is lonely and wonders why his aunt has not written lately. The only logical action in the book is that he sets out to visit her. As he ventures through the hamlet in search of her house, he is often confused. A blue-haired girl leads him through underground tunnels to the house, which he finds abandoned. Strange new characters are dropped into the story without explanation, including vicious robotic dogs; a man with hair like a rooster's plume who disguises himself as an evil wizard; men in green suits and pointy, white hoods; and a bald man who claims his eyebrows are crawling all over his face. These characters disappear as unexpectedly as they arrive, except for the man with the roosterlike hair who seems to have been forging Louis's aunt's letters all along. The color illustrations are of average quality, but do lend some interest to the story with unusual images of menacing plants in the garden and the underground passageways on the boy's journey. Unfortunately, these imaginative scenes don't lend any more understanding to the story. An accompanying CD contains two songs that are equally as incomprehensible. The publisher suggests this title is appropriate for all ages; it is, however, unintelligible for any age.-Karen T. Bilton, Somerset County Library, Bridgewater, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.