Thom, 160 pgs, Pow Pow Press, pow­pow­, $22.95

Broken Pencil - - Book Reviews -

Sign me up for an an­i­mated short of Thom’s first novel, VII, be­cause I am thor­oughly en­ter­tained.

The word­less comic story fol­lows au­thor Ti­tus Caropin, an an­thro­po­mor­phized rab­bit, who is strug­gling to fin­ish the sev­enth in­stal­ment (hence the ti­tle VII) of his best-sell­ing book series. For his big­gest fan, Death, the prospect of no se­quel is a no-go — who knew the Grim Reaper was such a book-worm?

It’s easy to see why Thom was short­listed for the first-ever Prix des li­braires du Québec for best comic. His char­ac­ters are lively, his sto­ry­telling tight, and his art and plot shenani­gans has me nos­tal­gic for days spent watch­ing Car­toon Net­work. I’m amazed this is Thom’s first book, and here’s hop­ing there are more to come. (Anisa Rawhani)

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