I imagine Matt Furie was the type of kid who doodled constantly during school. Furie's strange and detailed colored pencil art feels reflective of the sort of work that might have developed after years of filling spiral notebooks with pictures of hamburgers, castles, and monsters with bulging eyeballs. His fantastic debut children's book just hit the streets yesterday as part of the McSweeney's McMullens series.
The Night Riders tells the wordless story of a nocturnal frog and mouse: two friends that enjoy eating bug salads, snacking on moths, and going on late night bicycle rides. One night they befriend a wingless dragon that introduces them to a bat-like creature that lives underground and plays video games. And together this new band of friends explore a ghost town, take a dip in the ocean, escape from a huge albino crab, surf on the backs of dolphins, and end the night by watching the sunrise.
As is always the case with McSweeney's publications, it's a gorgeous book - thick pages, beautifully printed, and to top things off, a dust jacket that unfolds into an awesome double-sided poster.
My son was totally captivated by the meticulous details of fur, scales, claws, tongues, and menagerie of bizarre creatures residing in the scenery. It's a story that at first glance might seem slightly creepy and odd, but turns out to be stirring and surprisingly touching.
• Find it: The Night Riders by Matt Furie (McSweeney's McMullens, 2012)
(Image: Ben Partridge)
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