DUNG BEE­TLE MANIA

Comment News (Armadale) - - Opinion -

COM­PARED to the mon­ster in James Fo­ley’s new graphic novel, Godzilla looks like a docile kit­ten.

And Godzilla smells bet­ter too.

Fo­ley brings like­able young in­ven­tor Sally Tinker back for another ad­ven­ture – courtesy of her ever-cu­ri­ous and cre­ative mind in Dungzilla.

Sally builds a new ma­chine called the re­sizena­tor but in­stead of blast­ing a gi­ant pizza she ac­ci­dently fires at a dung bee­tle, which be­comes an enor­mous crea­ture that can turn it­self into a dung ball bent on caus­ing de­struc­tion in her town.

Fo­ley said the book dif­fered in one big way to his first of­fer­ing, Brobot.

“This sec­ond book in the se­ries has 100 per cent more dung bee­tles than the first book,” he said.

“Sally and (baby brother) Joe are back in this new book, of course, but this time they’re joined by Sally’s best friend prob­a­bly Charli, the world’s fore­most bi­ol­o­gist un­der the age of 11, as well as Sally’s Nan, whose name is Nan.

“Read­ers can ex­pect dung and lots of it – ma­nure, guano, scat, drop­pings, cow pats – it’s all cov­ered.”

While he got his in­spi­ra­tion in rel­a­tively nor­mal ways, Fo­ley hoped young read­ers would en­joy this com­pletely ab­nor­mal but hi­lar­i­ous story.

“I get ideas for char­ac­ters and sto­ries on sci­ence blogs, Wikipedia, in the news­pa­per, from things peo­ple say, from in­ter­est­ing peo­ple I meet and just ran­domly in my head,” he said.

“This book is for any­one who likes funny comics about sci­ence fic­tion, ac­tion and poop.”

Dungzilla is avail­able from www.fre­mantlepress.com.au.

A cast of two of the res­i­dents of Pom­peii em­brac­ing when Mt Ve­su­vius erupted.

James Fo­ley.

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