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In The Snodgrass Conspiracy (2006), the first volume of the Lost Colony, Klein's insightful satire of white privilege and the pillaging of North America's preceding inhabitants, little Birdy Snodgrass dealt with slavery in the candy-colored world of the island in the Megabuk River. Now Birdy's evil father, who is both the island's governor and banker, addresses the "Injun problem" in cahoots with the mysterious Dr. Pepe Wong and an imposter claiming to be storied frontiersman Johnny Crevasse. Despite the pastel scenery, sometimes blotted with blood or crude song lyrics, this is neither children's story nor adolescent fantasy. Its ideal reader should have a solid grasp of nineteenth-century American history, including the mythology that inspired double-crossing native peoples and fostered bland naïveté in politically weak frontier towns. Willingness to suspend PC tsk-tsking comes in handy, too, for both enjoying and being horrified by Klein's skewering re-enactment of the bad old days by figures who could have walked out of Saturday-morning TV cartoons.
Grady Klein is an award-winning freelance illustrator, designer, and animator. His work, which includes the animated short DUST BUNNY, has appeared in print and on screen all over the world. THE LOST COLONY 2 is his second book.