Joey Weiser The Ride Home

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The Ride Home

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  • Follow the adventures of Nodo The Van-Gnome as he tries to find his lost home on wheels. During his quest he'll meet sewer dragons, junkyard trolls and a cow or two. The Ride Home revolves around the theme of "home" and what home is. Is it a place? Is it an occupation? Is it people? Is it a way of life? Each destination and group of characters that Nodo comes across is a different example from those questions and others.

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Alittle story about a gnome named Nodo who's lost his house, which, in this case, is a van. In the course of the story, Nodo's van drives off, and he goes in search of the only home he's ever known. On the way, he meets Ferdinand, the sewer dragon, and Flora, a dark-haired gnome with her own little cottage. Nodo encounters a gnome village, which is so scrupulously clean and well ordered it resembles Amsterdam. Unfortunately, life there is full of twelve-hour work days and gnomish tradition, so Nodo flees. He finally finds his van in a junkyard run by trolls, who then almost eat him. The art has a cartoony forthrightness, vaguely reminiscent of a child's coloring book, but it's not always clear (Ferdinand looks more like a wolf than a dragon, and the trolls are hard to place as anything more than generic baddies). A larger problem is that the story never takes off. Nodo's bumbling never becomes endearing, and the only characters that seem real are Flora and Ferdinand—one finds oneself rooting for the trolls. The story isn't hard to follow, just hard to believe in. (Aug.)
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