Audience:General / adult: Age (years) 12, Grade (US) 7
Dimensions:8.88in x 6.75 x 0.62 in | 1.06 lb
Page Count:168 pages
FANS OF DYSTOPIAN FICTION: Set in a postapocalyptic world, readers who like futuristic settings with a dystopian context will gravitate toward Skip
FOR FANS OF THIS ONE SUMMER & NIMONA - This audience of readers will enjoy the world-building of SKIP
FOR NONBINARY READERS: Skip is for young and old readers alike looking for a richly illustrated story featuring all nonbinary characters, especially those looking to the future of literature with an optimistic eye!
ENCOURAGES THE IMPORTANCE OF CREATIVITITY: Gives readers a nuanced message about the importance of creativity grounded in community
OPTIMISTIC MESSAGE OF FACING FEARS ALONGSIDE FRIEND/COMPANION “YOU’RE NOT ALONE”: Brought together under unfortunate circumstances, including isolation and the terrible violence of their city, a tender friendship blooms. Despite the dystopian themes present, there’s a positive message in the end for YA readers reading up
ACCLAIMED COMIC ARTIST/WRITER: Receiving critical acclaim from NPR, Kirkus Reviews, and The Beat, Molly Mendoza is an undeniably talented creator
VIBRANT ARTWORK: The artwork alternates between warm, hot hues and cooler colors that echo the pacing of the story—this is truly a beautiful book to behold!
Named one of the Best Comics of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews and The Beat!
“Skip is a flurry of bold and vivid cartooning that pulls you through this tender story of friendship at heart-wrenching speeds. Molly layers every page with such a dense whimsicality that it left me wanting to go back and re-read so I could sink my eyes into the details again and again.”
—Sloane Leong, creator of Prism Stalker
“Skip isn’t a travelogue — it’s a trip. The point isn’t to vicariously explore imaginary worlds, but simply to let your eye float along the stream of fantastical visions Mendoza spins out… A creation this idiosyncratic deserves to find a niche — or, perhaps, to make one.”
—Etelka Lehoczky, NPR
“From the first spread to the last image, Mendoza’s gorgeous, surrealist artwork presents imaginative depths both refreshing and disorienting. Poignant catharsis surfaces through tearful declarations and emotional strife as Bloom and Gloopy reflect on their strengths and weaknesses amid unusual environments…An exceptional road taken.”
—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“Skip is in some ways an experimental comic, but it’s subtle; it doesn’t feel like one while you’re reading it. Its story is fairly traditional and easy to understand—friendship, family, bonds among humans, getting outside your comfort zone—but it embodies a worldview that embodies those things as much as it presents them. It is as much as it tells. Form and function match up well, and that makes it worth reading.”
—The Comics Journal
“Mendoza’s story is as fun as it is insightful, and filled with bizarre puzzlements for the characters, and something about it had me thinking about The Phantom Tollbooth. But Skip is also amiable and gentle in a way that hearkens to the Moomins, and visual tone is as reminiscent of that Tove Jansson’s lovely work as the elements the narrative and characters. Mendoza’s artwork is a total revelation.”