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Good-Bye, Chunky Rice

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  5,578 ratings  ·  406 reviews
This stunning book-length debut is a quiet picture novella of a small turtle, Chunky Rice, leaving his home and his mouse friend, Dandel. A Dr. Seussian cast of colorful characters and lush cartoon-y brushwork shape this into a charming, profound tale of loneliness, loss, and undying friendship.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 4th 2002 by Top Shelf Productions (first published 1999)
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Amy
You know that feeling when you see something for the first time, and it perfectly defines an undefinable emotion? Like the first time you heard Pink Floyd's "Great Gig in the Sky?"

Same thing here. This book manages to completely encapsulate that raw loss---of friends, of family, of innocence, of whatever while going to seek your fortune. I don't want to sound corny, but it's like an elegy to what you leave behind in order to get to your future.

Christopher


This is Chunky Rice. He is a turtle, which means he carries his home on his back. He is meant to travel the world.



This is Dandel, the deer mouse who loves and is loved by Chunky Rice. But Chunky will be leaving soon, which causes both of them pain.



The relationship between Chunky and Dandel is not the only precious one in this book. There is also Solomon, the lonesome, elementary-tongued bachelor who nurses a bird named Merle back to health after his wing feathers are mysteriously chewed off. And
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Laura
As good as Blankets but in a different way. I'm interested in how Thompson deals with "disability," and this book addresses it in even more direct ways than Blankets. About a turtle improbably named Chunky Rice, who is perhaps even more improbably best friends with a mouse named Dandle. Chunky Rice moves away from his home and away from Dandle, meeting a crew of what should be misfits on the boat that takes him far away from his friend. Unexpectedly, the book ends up being a really profound expl ...more
Chris
As powerful, sweet, sad, and beautiful as Blankets, but in 128 pages. And starring a turtle. And his dear mouse lover.
Martin Earl
Hm. Where to begin. let's start with the good.

Solomon's dialect. This is the only thing giving the book any sense of place. As no place is ever mentioned except the fictional Kahootney Islands, it was nice to have an anchor, even if it was only a gulf-coast/Louisiana accent that did it. Solomon's dialect also made him one of the more endearing characters, in my opinion. Also, the book is well drawn. While I find some of the transitions and juxtapositions gimmicky, it was overall good in that res
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Christian Yates
What makes "Good-bye, Chunky Rice" such a great book--what makes all of Craig Thompson's books great, for that matter--is how relatable it is.

The story follows Chunky Rice, a turtle who is leaving home. Most of us have moved to other places in our lives and lost friends, or we've had friends move away. In the days before social networking, these departures could mean good-bye forever. Thompson turns an unlikely journey featuring talking animals into something emotional powerful and poignant. I h
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Daryl
I found a couple of obstacles to get past with this graphic novel. First was the art. I was a bit put off by it at the start. Thompson uses a very cartoony style here, and it makes his characters almost caricatures at times. But it works. And occasionally the reader will come upon a large picture, full page or nearly, which is stunning in its beauty and detail. Secondly, the dialogue. Some of the characters talk in such a dialect that it's hard to make sense of at first glance. But it really jus ...more
Ewan
This felt under-developed to me. We don't really see enough of Chunky and Dandel's relationship to really feel the sense of it ending. People ask Chunky why he's leaving, and he always just says 'I don't know'; well, maybe if we knew why he had to leave, we'd have felt sympathy for him having to leave his best friend, but we don't, so I just wondered whether he really needed to go at all; I couldn't feel sorry for him if it didn't seem necessary for him to go.

Another thing; if you're going to pu
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Ashleigh
I love Craig Thompson. His style of drawing just draws me into his stories. In this Novel, we meet a mouse and a tortoise/turtle (not sure which). Chunky Rice (the turtle) has big dreams and wants to move away from where he currently lives. He makes travel arrangements & goes on a boat ride. Its a cute simple storyline with nice characters, I particularly enjoyed the depth & insight that came from the mouse. Craig Thompson writes about friendship in such a relatable way that as readers w ...more
Nix Kinney
I think it's through my own ignorance that I assume I won't enjoy graphic novels. It's easy to feel like a better, more mature reader when there are, at least, an absence of pictures. However, sometimes it's because of these predispositions that we find ourselves so pleasantly surprised to find out how very wrong we were.

My cousin gifted this book to me on my most rest visit to her and I brought it home with a begrudging disinterest. However, there was a curious tug in my heart that knew she had
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Jordan
Craig Thompson’s first graphic novel, Good-Bye, Chunky Rice is dedicated to his friends back in Milwaukie, Wisconsin. See, he grew up there and then decided to move to Portland, Oregon. No doubt it’s tough to leave the only place you’ve ever known, for the unknown. Saying goodbye is hard, especially to that special someone who makes you question if this is for the best in the first place. And that’s what the story of Chunky Rice is all about.

Chunky Rice is a cute little boy turtle, and he’s lea
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Jan
I have mixed feelings about Craig Thompson's debut graphic novel, winner of the 2000 Harvey Award for Best New Talent.

On the one hand, the plot is very slim: cute tiny turtle-boy with huge bug eyes hardly says a word but inexplicably decides to leave his hometown, only to be treated as little more than a punching bag by the people he encounters. Nothing to write home about.

On the other hand, it is already obvious that Craig Thompson is a gifted cartoonist who knows how to engage his readers. In
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Wellington
May 10, 2008 Wellington rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wellington by: Meowy

After reading Craig Thompson's book, Blankets, I had to read Chunky Rice. I ran home and immediately dug in. Why am I reading about a mouse and a turtle? I put it down figuring I had adjust my expectations (note to self - be careful of Indiana Jones Crystal Skull)

A few days later, I picked it back and was rather charmed by this book a goodbye between friends. You will have to suspend belief that you have a turtle and a mouse being friends and they interact in the human world like Alvin & the
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Gabriel Muelle

I wish everything was as easy as giving 3 or 5 stars to a book;
I wish those actions -giving stars, rating- could really explain something;
I wish that act could say as much about ambiances, about feelings, as some pictures and some words can say.

I wish I could relate to people the same way I can relate to some books; the way I can relate to this book.

I wish I could understand the urge of some people -my own urge- to run away. What's that strange artifact that makes you escape from home, from fr
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Veronica
I had high hopes for this book, as I loved Blankets, and it truly did not disappoint. Although the book was much different than I expected, it is hard to argue against Thompson's heartbreaking stories and beautiful, yet simple, animations.

Thompson created many different stories in this short book, and each one felt compelling, and, if truth be told, a bit odd. The turtle, Chunky, was perfectly adorable: The mouse seemed more philosophical than plato; Merle was cute enough to hug and loyal enoug
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Brittany
Best graphic novel ever :) The plot was seemingly simple because the story was so short but there was really a lot to it. The art was amazing and I loved the layout of tha pages. There were so many little stories interwoven with each other. Thanks so much Fin for lending me this! The undertones of love were great. I love how Dandel sends the messages in bottles because I have always been fascinated with that concept. THe thing with Marle destroying her wings was interesting and I'm not sure I un ...more
Mary Lenz
Review on Goodbye Chunky Rice

The book Goodbye Chunky Rice is a graphic novel about a turtle named Chunky Rice and how he leaves his best friend, a mouse named Dandle to find where he belongs. At first the book has a melancholy feeling to it due to the turtle being upset about leaving his closest friend, but it starts to get more and more adventurous when stories are told about characters past and the man adventures Chunky Rice has. This book would be enjoyed by children and teenagers with lots
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Jennifer Sundt
I try not to read other people's reviews when writing my own, but I caught the one at the top, which - fortunately - resonated with me a great deal: "This story is a tribute to all the things you lose on the way to the future that you reach for." Loss of innocence, childhood, togetherness as you make your way out into the deep. In Chunky's case, literally.

Incidentally, despite all of these things, one which doesn't have to be lost is friendship. Chunky Rice and his friend don't lose that. They m
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Dewi
Chunky Rice adalah seekor kura-kura. Dia bersahabat dengan kancil bernama Dandel. Chunky dan Dandel bisa dikatakan soulmate walaupun jenis kelamin mereka tidak diceritakan dalam buku ini. Mereka hampir selalu menghabiskan waktu bersama dan menikmati kebersamaan mereka. Namun suatu hari Chunky memutuskan untuk merantau. Entah apa alasannya, Chunky memilih pergi ke pulau "Kahootney". Mencari petualangan? Untuk mencari identitas diri? Entahlah. Yang jelas Dandel patah hati dan mengirimkan berbotol- ...more
Lindsay
Oct 14, 2007 Lindsay rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: graphic novel fans, artists, loners
I've seen this sitting around at comic book shops for years but never felt compelled to buy it. I saw it in my local library so I thought I'd give it a try. Oh what I've had missing from my life for so long. The story is heartbreaking and uplifting. The black and white (no grey) artwork is beautiful and has so much emotion in each drawing. I'm probably going to go out and buy this now.
Claire
Allez, ça y est, Craig Thompson m'a refait le coup. A chaque fois, ce bougre de dessinateur me casse le moral en douze. C'était déjà le cas avec Blankets.
Et pour Chunky, il me reste là aussi cette furieuse sensation de spleen.
Tant de sensibilité et de justesse dans un BD relativement courte (130 pages), c'est quand même fortiche.

D'un point du vue plus procédurier, je signale que la traduction ne me convainc pas du tout... Il s'agit d'une retraduction par rapport à la 1e version parue chez Delco
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Isaac
May 29, 2007 Isaac rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Evvybody wif a HEART

Not as massive and compelling as "Blankets", but I prefer it, being a sucker I guess for the fantastic over the realistic. A beautifully affecting little parable about a turtle who goes to sea.

(For those who don't know, Craig Thompson is one of the new generation of comic artists' brightest stars and is required reading.)
Todd
May 15, 2007 Todd rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my mom
this touching story of friends and that need to see the world... i hate this. i am going to stop. basically i am puting books on my list that i think you should read. if i don't like it i am not going to spend the time to look it up, rate it, and write about. i am the feel good book critic of goodreads.com
Federica
Sei andato via solo oggi e i posti in cui siamo stati insieme sono già pieni di bellezza e di significato.
Come puoi volerti lasciare alle spalle tutto questo?
A pensarci bene, il mondo che mi circonda non è pieno di significato, è vuoto.
Che cos'è la vista mozzafiato dell'oceano senza di te?
Niente.
Brewer Community School
The book I have just read is called, Goodbye Chunky Rice, by Craig Thompson. It is about a little turtle named Chunky Rice, and he loves this “mouse”, and he asks her to run away with him, and she says, “ I can’t, this is where I belong. You should find where you belong.” So Chunky goes on this big journey to try to find where he belongs. Along the way, he meets a nice guy and his bird named Merle, and he brings Chunky to his father, Charles, and Charles lets Chunky live on his boat and explore ...more
Vale
A volte ci si lascia amandosi ancora. Tenera storia di una tartaruga e un topolino che cercano di elaborare la mancanza dell'altro.
Della serie: se ci amiamo perché lasciarci? Siamo nati per soffrire.
Taylor
Incredibly poignant...I love Thompson's artwork and how he uses such cute characters in a story with such complex themes.
Bob
Good-bye Chunky Rice reads like an author's first book: some good ideas, but a little rough around the edges. It doesn't feel quite cohesive and some of the scenarios seem very contrived for the purpose of eliciting a particular emotion, rather than flowing naturally in the course of the story. A good author can use symbolism with a little subtlety and without being utterly cliche. At this time in his career, Thompson's work was not fully refined.
Blankets is probably his best graphic novel: it
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Chanel Earl
Aug 19, 2011 Chanel Earl marked it as books-i-read-part-of  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't get into this one. It was disturbing, difficult to follow, and visually uninteresting.
Will Santino
A beautifully conceived and executed fable about leaving home, missing friends, making friends, loss, love, and life in motion. It was a good time in my life to read this book. Plus the main character is a turtle, the eponymous chunky rice. The day it arrived in the mail I got into bed and read half of it, decided it was getting too late, turned off the light, counted shapes in the dark for ten minutes, then turned the light back on and finished it. You should read it, too. It's one of those sto ...more
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Craig Ringwalt Thompson (b. September 21, 1975 in Traverse City, Michigan) is a graphic novelist best known for his 2003 work Blankets. Thompson has received four Harvey Awards, two Eisner Awards, and two Ignatz Awards. In 2007, his cover design for the Menomena album Friend and Foe received a Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package.

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