The book tells the story of Chunky Rice, a small turtle who leaves his familiar surroundings, including his mouse best friend, to enter the next phase of his life. Other side characters in the novel also experience similar losses of friendship through tragedy or their own choice.
As his debut picture novella, Good-bye, Chunky Rice helped win Thompson the 2000 Harvey Award for Best New Talent.
Good-bye, Chunky Rice would be re-released in a new format by Pantheon Books in May 2006. Before this, the graphic novel had six printings with Top Shelf.