COMPARED to the monster in James Foley’s new graphic novel, Godzilla looks like a docile kitten.
And Godzilla probably smells better too.
Foley brings likeable young inventor Sally Tinker back for another adventure courtesy of her ever-|curious and creative mind in Dungzilla.
Sally builds a new machine called the resizenator but instead of blasting a giant pizza she accidentally fires at a dung beetle, and before her eyes it becomes an enormous creature that can turn itself into a dung ball bent on causing destruction in her town.
Foley said the book differed in one big way to his first offering, Brobot.
“This second book in the series has 100 per cent more dung beetles than the first book,” he said.
“Sally and (baby brother) Joe are back in this new book, of course, but this time they’re joined by Sally’s best friend Charli, the world’s foremost biologist under the age of 11, as well as Sally’s Nan, whose name is Nan.
“Readers can expect dung, and lots of it – manure, guano, scat, droppings, cow pats – it’s all covered.
“Plus lots of action and science fiction madness.”
He said while he got his inspiration in relatively normal ways, he hoped young readers would enjoy this completely abnormal but hilarious story.
“I get ideas for characters and stories on science blogs, Wikipedia, in the newspaper, from things people say, from interesting people I meet and just randomly in my head,” he said.
“I try to include references to real life science in there for people who want to learn something new, so this book goes into insect biology and behaviour a little bit, as well as some heavily fictionalised particle physics.
“This book is for anyone who likes funny comics about science fiction, action and poop.”
Dungzilla is available from www.fremantlepress.com.au.