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Yam: Bite-Size Chunks
by Corey Barba
Top Shelf is proud to present an all new, "silent" all-ages graphic novel series! Yam and his fun-loving friends live on the remote tropical island of Leche de la Luna, and are always getting mixed up in surreal adventures. Whether it's encountering cupcakes that spring to life, befriending potted flowers, or exploring the mysterious ruins on the island, this small boy in ...more
Paperback, 87 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Top Shelf Productions
(first published July 29th 2008)
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This graphic novel is made up of a series of completely wordless short episodes, most starring a cute, noseless, androgynous childlike creature named Yam, who is always dressed in what looks like a hooded and footed snowsuit. Yam, occasionally accompanied by its companion Marzipan Cat, has lots of mini-adventures. Yam makes friends with a cupcake, falls into a hole and sprouts as a flower, makes friends with a raincloud, grows a head full of flowers on a bald child, makes friends with flowers – ...more
It's quite obvious that I am missing the brilliance of it all, judging by the rave reviews this comic received. I can see how children would be delighted by the whimsical illustrations, imaginative plot and the generally weird hilarity. However, I found the style of the drawings frenetic, impossible to follow, and headache-inducing. As much as I like odd, eccentric and absurd things, I found myself constantly bewildered and thinking "What is going on here???"
This is SSSSOOOOO CUTE!!! It's a wordless comic and it's meant for younger readers, but I recommend it to absolutely anyone. Yam is a little dude with a magical back pack that helps him fly and he meets a very unique cast of characters. The drawings are fantastic and our little hero is very expressive. Oh! And I can't forget his friends Gato and May!!