Travels Of Thelonious (Fog Mound Trilogy)
Thelonious Chipmunk is a Talker -- an animal who has inherited the gift of language -- and he, for one, believes in humans. Who else could have made the old paper postcard he treasures? His desire to know more about humans is fulfilled in a surprising and dangerous w...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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)....more
The story itself has some troubling social commentary; I'm not sure if the authors were intentional in this commentary. The story is se...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
It is also 1/2 comic, 1/2 storybook. The carto...more
Owen loved the subject matter...it'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.