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Mr. Fooster, Traveling on a Whim
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This gentle wisp of a book offers relief from the busy fretfulness of most comics. When Mr. Fooster leaves his home for a walk, he doesn't plan to save the world, just to appreciate its strangeness. Some of the oddities he ponders may seem too familiar to notice, such as the mechanical perfection of mandarin orange segments, but some might upset a person lacking Mr. Fooster's serene outlook. He's not startled, for example, when the soap bubble he's blowing turns into a green DeSoto sedan; he just drives it home and decides to sell it on eBay. Nor is he upset when his feet take root out in the woods so that he grows leaves and becomes indistinguishable from a tree until, several seasons later, a butterfly convinces him that he can think himself free. As the title says, Mr. Fooster likes to wander a lot, whimsically admiring the quirky world waiting for him, and...
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This gentle wisp of a book offers relief from the busy fretfulness of most comics. When Mr. Fooster leaves his home for a walk, he doesn't plan to save the world, just to appreciate its strangeness. Some of the oddities he ponders may seem too familiar to notice, such as the mechanical perfection of mandarin orange segments, but some might upset a person lacking Mr. Fooster's serene outlook. He's not startled, for example, when the soap bubble he's blowing turns into a green DeSoto sedan; he just drives it home and decides to sell it on eBay. Nor is he upset when his feet take root out in the woods so that he grows leaves and becomes indistinguishable from a tree until, several seasons later, a butterfly convinces him that he can think himself free. As the title says, Mr. Fooster likes to wander a lot, whimsically admiring the quirky world waiting for him, and the story invites readers to do the same. Corwin's text is suitably understated, especially in the most potentially thrilling or threatening episodes. Frazier's sepia-hued illustrations nicely complement the unexpectedly substantial message. Though this looks like a children's book, adults capable of childlike wonder will find it quietly delightful.
- Publisher's Weekly

This slender, graceful allegory from Mostly Bob author Corwin embraces creation, humor and joy. In children's book illustrator Fraziers subtle facing-page sketches, Mr. Fooster is a tall, rangy, hale fellow in a rumpled suit and hat. Carrying an unread letter from his great uncle in his pocket, he walks through the world in childlike wonder, blowing soap bubbles with a red wand, noticing the smile on a katydid, helping a weak newt find his pond. But once Mr. Fooster stops in confusion, not knowing which way to go, he grows roots. Only after a truculent builder determines to keep out the world with a wall does Mr. Fooster learn the lesson of the letter. Full of surprises, Corwin's aphoristic gift book invites repeated readings.
-Publisher's Weekly

"Mr. Fooster is one of the more charming perambulators to come around in recent days. I am delighted to walk with him."
-Lemony Snicket

"Mr. Fooster is a lovely gem of a book filled with beauty, wonder, and transcendent inspiration. Tom Corwin's remarkable story-whimsical and wise-and Craig Frazier's moody, evocative pen and ink drawings took me on a journey that I won't soon forget."
-David Sheff, author of New York Times bestseller Beautiful Boy


"In case you had forgotten that the world is shaped as equally by imagination as matter, and that amongst all its travails, it is still a luminous, startling, and lovely place, Mr. Fooster will return the spring to your step and the smile to your face."
-Peter Coyote, author of Sleeping Where I Fall

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About Tom

Tom Corwin's latest book Mr. Fooster: Traveling on a Whim, illustrated by Craig Frazier, was published by Doubleday on their Flying Dolphin Press imprint in June 2008.

Mr. Fooster is a mystical whimsical Illustrated tale for adults. Publishers Weekly...

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Published Reviews

Aug.14.2008

Book editors receive stacks of books every week, usually a predictable lot of softback review copies, hardback would-be blockbusters and trade paperbacks.

Mr. Fooster announced himself with a...

Aug.14.2008

This lithe collaboration produced by two Mill Valley men is buoyantly inventive and wondrously whimsical. Mr. Fooster goes out for a stroll one day and soon finds himself enchanted by a miraculous universe...