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. Volume XXI Number 1. . . .September 5, 2014
This playful cautionary tale about the true meaning of success begins when an orange cartoon caribou paints a white line on the ground. What follows is a tale about a “hapless herd of caribou” that race, trick, and jostle one another to get to the finish line first.
The six cut-paper caribou each wear a distinct racing bib and colourful running shoes. The race begins, after a false start by No.4, when the official shoots his pistol. However, the gun, like the race, itself, is not what it seems, and a “Bang!” flag pops from the barrel. Throughout, Manceau uses visual tropes that are drawn from cartoon and comics; like this one, the scene in which No. 5 tries the banana-peel trick that results in a hilarious pile up of caribou. A wide range of emotions—anger, confusion, malice, bewilderment, contentment--are conveyed through the googly eyes of the cartoonish caribou, and the malleable limbs and antlers of the characters further emphasize a comedic physicality.
Elizabeth Marshall, a former elementary school teacher, researches and teaches children's literature in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC.
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