Fo­ley has fun with dung

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Books - By JES­SICA NICO

COM­PARED to the mon­ster in James Fo­ley’s new graphic novel, Godzilla looks like a docile kit­ten. And Godzilla prob­a­bly 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 ac­ci­den­tally fires at a dung bee­tle, watch­ing be­fore her eyes as it 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 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.

“Plus lots of ac­tion and sci­ence fic­tion mad­ness.”

He said while he got his in­spi­ra­tion in rel­a­tively nor­mal ways, he 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.

“I try to in­clude ref­er­ences to real life sci­ence in there for peo­ple who want to learn some­thing new so this book goes into in­sect bi­ol­ogy and be­hav­iour a lit­tle bit, as well as some heav­ily fic­tion­alised par­ti­cle physics.

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

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

James Fo­ley’s lat­est novel is a real stinker.

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