K Is in Trouble (A Graphic Novel) (Paperback)

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K Is in Trouble (A Graphic Novel) (Paperback)


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K is in Trouble brings me back to the first time I encountered Kafka in a short story collection -- it was miles above my comprehension but the feelings that he portrayed were oddly relatable. I kept re-reading it, trying to make sense of a nonsensical world! This is a much more lighthearted take on that theme, and the bemused K is a gentle soul whom readers will want to know better.

— From K is in Trouble (a Graphic Novel), by Gary Clement

"Visual storytelling at the highest level" — The New York Times Book Review

A boy named K must navigate a world of outrageously unkind adults in this hysterical, Kafkaesque middle grade graphic novel, with art reminiscent of James Marshall.

K is nice, polite, and always does as he’s told. K is also always, always in trouble.

No matter what he does or says, it seems there is someone ready to blame him for everything. K is in trouble for going to school. K is in trouble for staying home. K is in trouble for running an errand, getting sick, or just being thirsty. K gets into trouble with imperious crows, persnickety station agents, bombastic teachers, his own classmates...even one nice fresh carp.

Whether it’s his easily annoyed parents or prickly pedestrians on the street, K gets on everyone’s bad side…and he didn’t even do anything wrong!
Gary Clement takes a unique approach to the absurdities of childhood in this hilarious series opener that reinforces a timeless message: Most adults know less than a talking beetle.
Gary Clement is a Canadian artist, cartoonist, illustrator, and writer. He’s the author and illustrator of several children’s books, among them The Great Poochini, which earned Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award in Children’s Literature—Illustration, and most recently illustrated My Winter City, written by James Gladstone. His illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and many other newspapers and magazines across North America. K Is in Trouble is his debut graphic novel.
Product Details ISBN: 9780316468602
ISBN-10: 0316468606
Publisher: Little, Brown Ink
Publication Date: January 16th, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: K Is in Trouble
"K is my new favorite hero, and my new favorite letter of the alphabet. If you like this book, then you are a wonderful person, and if you don't, then something is wrong with you."—Lemony Snicket

“Even the happiest boys and girls know what it is to be buffeted about by adults…The universality of this experience, which, depending on the adult caprice, can feel like the most acute injustice, gives resonance to K Is in Trouble."—The Wall Street Journal

*"Clement’s debut graphic novel makes a good case that this age group could find great relevance, at least, in those things we’ve come to call 'Kafkaesque'...A truly unique effort that will become a deeply resonant touchstone for anyone who recognizes in it the occasional strangeness of their world."—Booklist, starred review

*“That Clement never bows to the demands of feel-goodery – or explains away the endless absurdities K must face – is one of the most pleasing, and paradoxically realistic aspects of these weird, wonderful tales.”—Quill and Quire, starred review

“Odd mishaps and hostile grown-ups plague a lonely child in this set of surreal episodes…channeling the spirit of Franz Kafka in the plot and the gothic sensibility of Edward Gorey in the art.”—Kirkus Reviews

“In each of five graphic short stories, Clement presents a situation of powerlessness, oppression, or ennui in which K encounters a small moment of grace…a sympathetic and respectful portrait of the condition of being a child, a condition as familiar now as then.”—The Horn Book

“K is indeed in trouble—in more ways than one—in this quirky, subversive graphic novel.” —BCCB

“Overall, wickedly funny, a little wacky and with tons of slapstick humour, K is in Trouble is recommended for library collections.”—Canadian Review of Materials