Winner of the Eisner Award for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition.
"Aaron Renier's Spiral-Bound is exactly the sort of novel I have been looking for when the weather outside is glum and I want to spend the afternoon on my couch with Nico on the stereo and a pot of toasted rice tea simmering on the end table. If you want anything more from a graphic novel than a noble elephant, a shadowy mystery, an intrepid bird, an underwater monster, an impeccable rabbit, an underground tram, a devoted dog, an aquatic sculptor, a corrupt mayor, a maze of secrets, a secret maze and not one but two performances by my new favorite musical ensemble Kodiak & Calico, you should be ashamed of yourself." -- Lemony Snicket
"Spiral-Bound is a lush magical landscape. It rekindles the quintessential childhood experience -- of exploring a mysterious new neighborhood street, or cozying up in a favorite tree-fort or secret hangout -- and revels in the details. It reminds us of the joy of discovery, and of finding oneself." -- Craig Thompson, creator of Blankets
"Has another graphic novelist sprung fully armed from the head of Zeus? It sure seems that way. Aaron Renier's first graphic novel reminds me of Homer Price, The Mad Scientist Club books, Harriet The Spy, and the books of Daniel Pinkwater. Like them, Spiral-Bound stars young heroes in a vividly imagined setting. Estabrook is a city where hopes pan out, goodness is rewarded, and where there are many opportunities for art, adventure, comedy, and uncovering dark secrets...that aren't too dark, and, in fact, end up being a blast. All this is executed with a visual sense of wonder and fun that's reminiscent of Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar. A great debut!" -- Chris Duffy, Nickelodeon Magazine Senior Editor
With an ensemble cast straight from a box of Animal Crackers, this delightful tale of ambition, morality, and self-discovery is the first major work by extraordinary newcomer Aaron Renier. Drawn in a decidedly beautiful fashion, reminiscent of Richard Scarry and Lewis Trondheim, Renier has given us a fully-realized and compellingly adventurous narrative, at once both achingly naive and profoundly worldly. This tightly crafted graphic novel is the real deal, and will charm your socks off. A remarkable debut.