K Is in Trouble (A Graphic Novel) (Hardcover)
This is the author's first graphic novel and the artistic style and stories are different from your average graphic novel for kids. It includes four stories about poor K, a young boy, living in what seems to be early 20th century Prague, who finds himself constantly getting into trouble: at school — for being late; on a field trip — for being sent on an errand and then losing his schoolmates; at home — for leaving his window open to crows, and for being outwitted by a talking carp. As a cartoonist for a Canadian newspaper, the author illustrates his books in the style of cartoons, which makes for highly entertaining reading/viewing. Recommended.— Alice
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.
About the Author
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.
"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
*"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
“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