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Travels Of Thelonious (Fog Mound Trilogy)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  474 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
In a world of talking animals, there is one burning question: did humans ever exist? Thelonious Chipmunk believes he has proof that they did: a postcard showing a building made of concrete and glass. But his sister thinks the postcard is just a silly piece of paper - everyone knows humans are only make-believe.
Paperback, 214 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 2006)
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Mar 12, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karen and I recently saw this book at McNally Jackson. We were there with Tommy and when we saw Simon and Schuster published it, she said that she would get it for us. When she received the book she told us that the book looked dumb, or stupid or bad, or something like that. Tommy must have been temporarily crazy, or else confusing this book with another.

First off, the book looks pretty. It is designed in a Chris Ware sort of way, you know Acme Novelty style. Mixed with the Ware-esque aesthetic
Nov 18, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Travels of Thelonious / Susan Schade /
Genre: fiction
Format: juvenile fiction/ almost graphic novel

Plot Summary: At a time when animals only know myths about the talking humans who once dominated and nearly destroyed the world, a young chipmunk escapes danger in the City of Ruins and, with new friends, finds the Fog Mound, where all creatures live in peace and harmony.

Considerations: suspenseful overtones

Review Citation: School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 7, p129
"Written in chapters that alte
Nov 22, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I think it is rad how a chickmunk finds himself in the city of ruins. It's also funny when he says "thank you barbie". By Kip
Amelie Hartley
Jun 13, 2017 Amelie Hartley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chinasa Izeogu
In the first book of this dystopian trilogy, Thelonious chipmunck is wisked away from his home in the Unnamed Forest and must outsmart villanous lizards and make friends with unlikely predatory animals to get home. In the City of Ruins, the animals have taken over the buildings, wear clothes, and survive on what is left since the Human Occupation. WIll Thelonious and his friends, Olive the flying bear, Fitzgerald the porcupine and the Brown lizard, a deserter of the greedy despot Dragon Lady fly ...more
Nov 25, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't decide if this should get 3 or 4 stars. I decided on 4 because it was very readable, the story moved seamlessly between illustrations and text, and I immediately picked up the second book in the series because I wanted more. My hesitation stems from the start of the book: it was only in the last half of the book that I felt fully immersed in the story.

The story itself has some troubling social commentary; I'm not sure if the authors were intentional in this commentary. The story is se
Anastasia Tuckness
The Travels of Thelonius, which is the first book in the Fog Mound graphic novel series, was really fun. I enjoyed its combination of alternate history, futuristic science fiction, and animal fantasy. It reminded me a little bit of the Search for WondLa by Tony Deterlizzi, but this is much shorter. The main character is a chipmunk named Thelonius. He has always lived in the forest, but has heard legends about how humans use to live on the earth. The legend goes that humans destroyed the earth wi ...more
Oct 06, 2008 Erik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This first book in a promised series is billed as “Part graphic novel, part heroic fantasy, it’s an adventure like no other!” Of course, to the discerning adult eye, this first young adult book by collaborators Schade and Buller – which alternates between graphic and traditional prose forms -- has deep roots in the post-apocalyptic sci-fi genre. Think Planet of the Apes without the raw brutality and (literal) inhumanity. Or, perhaps more accurately, a cross between Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NI ...more
Sep 21, 2008 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and enjoyable. It was a stretch for me because of the graphic format but I wanted to read it to be able to recommend it to students. And I will certainly recommend it. The rating I gave it was one from me as an adult but I know several students who will bedome faithful readers of this series. They will happily give it a five I believe.

This book is told in a graphic book format along with regular pages of words. I liked that. Too much comic book style just tires me out. I like the fl
Sep 14, 2008 Min rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book. Kirsten recommended it to me when I was at the library searching for something for Christmas for my ... step-niece (mom's husband's son's wife's daughter)? She's my step-father's step-granddaughter? or my step-brother's step-daughter, if you prefer.


I wanted something that would look at or above her actual reading level (to appease her mom, who thinks her daughter is a freaking genius), but that would actually be below her level (because, in reality, this is where she is).
In this illustrated novel (part text, part comics), Thelonious the chipmunk gets caught in a flash flood that washes through the Untamed Forest and deposits him in the bay near a post-apolcalyptic city. He doesn’t know how to get home and the tall buildings are strange and intimidating. It seems like all the animals here are talkers, and not all of them are friendly. He hears about the Dragon Lady, who has slaves. He meets Fitzgerald the porcupine, who promises to teach him to read. Together the ...more
Dec 05, 2013 KA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, graphic
An original story and really cute illustrations make up for somewhat choppy writing. Highly recommended for introducing kids to some difficult concepts and practices--such as animal testing and the eating of animals--in a positive way.

Thelonious is a talking chipmunk who has always believed the stories about humans, a species now long gone. Set adventuring by a flash flood, Thelonious travels to the City of Ruins, where he sees the evidence of human building and invention (including canned peach
Oct 13, 2008 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this with my seven year old and my five year old. They both like it a lot so far.

My favorite double meaning passage so far:

Thelonious: This tree isn't going anywhere. It will still be here a hundred years from now. Besides, I'm not about to leave my stuff unguarded!"

Dolores (his sister): You mean that old piece of paper you're always looking at[a postcard showing a skyscraper]? Who would want that anyway?

Thelonious: It's a HUMAN ARTIFACT, Dolores. It's proof that humans once lived on thi
Noah Sebastian
May 19, 2010 Noah Sebastian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mom review: Noah can consume books by the dozens, but he sticks with longer more involved picture books and prefers that i read the chapter books.

I'll keep reading the chapters and want to but I want him to make the transition (I'm convinced he's going to love the concept of a long story that keeps going versus needing to pack ten Bill Peet books for the trip across town) and he seems reluctant, I'm wondering if it has to do with him not being able to hear the voices in the stories - without th
Paul Morris
Feb 17, 2008 Paul Morris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm following my interest in graphic novels in many different directions.

This is a graphic novel intended for grade school readers but has charming illustrations and an engaging narrative to keep adults (and seven-year-olds) entranced. Thelonious is the first in the series, THE FOG MOUND TRILOGY.

In this story, many animals can speak and we follow the journey of Thelonious (a perky squirrel) into a city of ruins. Here he discovers a porcupine who lives in a the remains of a bookstore. The human
Dec 28, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Tim
Tim received this for Christmas and devoured it before passing it on to me. Thelonius is a talking chipmunk who loves retelling the old legends of a time when creatures called humans ruled the earth and animals couldn’t talk. A flash flood sweeps him away to a ruined city where he finds out that the legends were true. The post-apocalyptic landscape is populated by tough gangs of animals, but Thelonius falls in with a friendly group and together they go off on an adventure to explore their corner ...more
Sep 30, 2008 Liviu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is the first "advanced" book that I read with my 6 year old son in the sense that he read quite a lot from it on his own with myself continuing when he got tired or to clarify things.

Told as an alternating mixture of text with image chapters followed by comic like image with text chapters, the first volume in the saga of the curious talking chipmunk Thelonious and his adventures in search of the mythical human beings that used to dominate Earth a long time ago

Absolutely suitable for a b
Sep 05, 2010 H rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually HATE talking animal books (the very idea of Redwall gives me hives) but I surprised myself by enjoying this book - the first in a trilogy - that I picked up because I thought my 10 year old would enjoy the hybrid of graphic novel and "regular" novel. The story is about Thelonious Chipmunk (get it?) a "talker" living in a post-human world where some creatures can speak, read and even have thumbs, while others (growlers) cannot. Thelonious finds himself washed out into a wider world in a ...more
Apr 15, 2008 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers, kids 8+, readers of all ages
What a wonderful approach to a book! Though technically similar to the "Captain Underpants" books in that there is both illustrated text and comic-style story-telling, it is a completely different style of story, wonderfully appropriate for both girls and boys (and adults!). The illustrations are charming, and since they're not full color, the paperback is a great, inexpensive entrance into the world of graphic novels. My 9-year-old, a lover of Jeff Smith's BONE books, first read all the comic-s ...more
Nov 07, 2007 Gphatty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very cute post-apocalyptic fiction for younger children. Premise: after the humans on Earth have become a legend, some animals have evolved language and found uses for the stuff that has been left behind. Our protagonist, Thelonious, is a forest dwelling chimpmunk, exploring the wider world after his home is destroyed in a severe storm. He meets other animals on the way, and eventually learns more about the legendary humans who came before.

It is also 1/2 comic, 1/2 storybook. The carto
Apr 14, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I picked this up on a whim while browsing the kids section at my library. I don't have kids myself but I think this would be a great book to read with young readers who like graphic novels or comics or kids who aren't big readers - the reason being this book has sections that are more like a standard book and sections that are like a graphic novel. The characters are all animals and the main character is a chipmunk who is small in a world full of larger animals similar to the way a child fe ...more
This is a fun, sweet novel for middle readers. It's told partially in text and partially in graphic novel format, and tells the story of Thelonious Chipmunk. Thelonious is a Talker, an animal who has inherited the gift of speech. He is fascinated by tales of Humans, who it is said once controlled the earth. They're now extinct, however, and considered legendary. Thelonious leaves his forest home and travels in the outside world, learning more about humans and the origins of the Talkers in the pr ...more
A very cool and interesting book...the main character is Thelonious the Chipmunk (get it?) living in a post-apocalyptic time when the humans have destroyed most of the planet and animals have the ability to talk, wear clothes, etc. The book alternates between typical graphic novel comic strips and regular text. This made reading it a rather different and unique experience. Thelonious gets separated from his family and has many adventures along the way. I was pleasantly surprised that the book ke ...more
Well, simply put, this is a great, fun series for kids. What could be better than a world in the future where humans have gone extinct and animals have evolved to have language and opposable thumbs?! They get to be the ones who doubt the evidence left on earth about humans' existence! I love how the author and illustrator use the various, interspersed chunks of graphic novel and prose format. This really seems to help the reader get through the longer reading parts and build his reading stamina, ...more
Nov 24, 2009 Stefanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Owen and I read this book's an interesting concept for a kids book...each chapter alternates between comics and text. It's a great way to help the reader visualize the story through the comics and allows the "reading" to be less difficult for a newer reader.

Owen loved the subject's after the humans have left the planet and animals remain. A distinction is made between talking and non-talking animals and this story follows 4 or 5 animals on their journeys together.
I saw this book recommended in someone's review of Hugo Cabret, so I got it through inter-library loan. I wanted to enjoy it, but I felt like the story was thin. There isn't a lot of dramatic tension, and there certainly isn't much compelling in the way of dialogue. The chapters alternate between comic book style (aka graphic novel) and prose with some illustration. That part is well done - the transition is always very smooth. But while this is the first in a trilogy, I have no desire to read t ...more
Feb 09, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part novel, part graphic novel, Travels of Thelonious is about the journeys of a talking chipmunk living in a future world in which humans exist only in legends. Thelonious, who is very interested in human legends and artifacts, is accidentally washed away from him home in a flood. He meets a colorful cast of animal characters, and learns a bit more about the legends he loves so much, as he tries to find his way home. Really cute story. My six-year-old thought this book was awesome and went on t ...more
Dec 15, 2009 Jack rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK- I've been reading a lot of work-related material- so when Amber brought home a book for 8-12 year olds set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are extinct, populated by talking animals- I said what the hell, why not? It wasn't bad, but its definitely just a kids book, unlike say some of Neil Gaiman's books that can be read by adults just as easily as children (The Graveyard Book, Coraline). I do like the part straight writing part graphic novel format though. And I really think Chris Wa ...more
Dec 24, 2008 Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritebooks
This is an extremely good book. It switches between comics and text every chapter, which makes for a pretty quick read. I finished this one in a day, which goes to show you not only how easy it was to read but also how much I liked it, as I cleared my day just to read it. It is a little bit young, aimed at 8-11 or so. But I found myself enthralled by it. I'd recommend this one to someone who's looking for a quick fantsy read.
Jul 03, 2008 Anastasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled across Travels of Thelonious and picked it up for the artwork: it's a beautifull whimiscal graphic novel meets novel--alternating in forms with each chapter--that is a perfect introduction to the form for children. The story is secondary to the art but equally whimiscal as an oddly gentle postapocalyptic tale of talking animals living in a world where the once dominant humans have become stories told to children. This is one I'll be saving on my shelf for a long time.
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