The amazing remarkable Monsieur Leotard :

by Campbell, Eddie,
Additional authors: Best, Dan.
Edition statement:1st ed. Published by : First Second, (New York :) Physical details: 127 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. ISBN:9781596433014 (pbk.) :; 1596433019 (pbk.) :. Year: 2008
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Books Books British Council Library
GREEN ZONE
741.5973 (Browse shelf) 1 Available

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

'He flies through the air with the greatest of ease -- the daring young man on the flying trapeze!'

Step right up, Ladies and Gentlemen, for a glorious spectacle of graphic literature beyond your wildest imaginings, in which young  Etienne discovers that replacing his uncle as the Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard, world-renowned acrobat and head of a circus troupe, is every bit as difficult as it appears to be. 

Etienne is swept up in wonder and work even as he struggles to keep up his grandiose façade, while every day his chances for happiness slip further away.  For Etienne, taking a stand for his own happiness is as daring as any trick the Amazing Remarkable Leotard could perform. 

Eddie Campbell and Dan Best bring to life the historical story of the daring young man on the flying trapeze in a tale filled with wonders and marvels. 

Formerly CIP.

Reviews provided by Syndetics

School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-Etienne, nephew of Jules Leotard, "The Man on the Flying Trapeze," inherits his uncle's blank book and false mustache and creates a new life for himself built on his uncle's reputation. The story is organized into episodes, each a collage of images and text, imaginatively composed to tell the story. Captivating images fill pages, sidebars, and panel sequences. A spread of sheet music for the song "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" serves as the background for images of Leotard performing his acrobatic act across the page. Four square panels in the center of other pages tell the story, while exquisitely rendered background images of the Eiffel Tower, the Titanic, and other locations serve as settings for the action taking place. The story is also a strange montage of historical events including the Prussian siege of Paris and the sinking of the Titanic, historical figures such as John Sanger and Buffalo Bill, lyrics from old songs such as "After the Ball Is Over," numerous puns, and clever asides. With so many events, characters, and side references, this book requires follow-up readings to appreciate the story fully. A rather whimsical cover may give the impression that this is a book for young readers. However, references to historical figures and events, quotations from Nietzsche and Longfellow, as well as a running joke involving an aspect of female anatomy make it better suited to more mature readers.-Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Campbell is perhaps best known for illustrating Alan Moore's acclaimed From Hell (2000), but the comics he writes as well as draws are equally accomplished if less monumental. The strongest, such as Fate of the Artist (2006), are quasi-autobiographical, while recent, more fanciful excursions have a cockeyed charm. Case in point: this whimsical chronicle of young Etienne, who assumes his uncle's identity as Monsieur Leotard, the original Man on the Flying Trapeze, as well as the leadership of his uncle's motley traveling circus. Etienne leads the troupe, which includes a quartet of performers reminiscent of a superpowered foursome that would hit the comics pages a century later, in a series of adventures coinciding with such epochal events as the Siege of Paris and the wreck of the Titanic. Campbell's deftly casual watercolors are as delightful as the freewheeling story, and his formal playfulness matches the tale's whimsy, with action occurring on the margins and outside the panels and pages incorporating everything from ersatz newspaper accounts and sheet music to Etienne's childlike notebook drawings.--Flagg, Gordon Copyright 2008 Booklist

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