The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice
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The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice

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Based on Allen Say’s own boyhood in Japan, The Ink-Keeper’s Apprentice is a rich and remarkable novel. The story of a budding artist and his steps toward self-reliance, Kiyoi’s tale is also one of the fragile beauty of human relationships— of family loyalty, of friendship, and of the special bond between a mentor and his student.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 25th 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1979)
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Mel
Sei will nichts anderes als zeichnen, zeichnen, zeichnen. Sein größter Traum ist es Mangazeichner zu werden. In der Zeitung liest er von dem berühmten Mangazeichner Noro Shinpei und seinem Schüler Tokida. Für Sei ist schnell klar, dass möchte er auch, deshalb macht er sich auf die Reise nach Tokio, um Noro Shinpei einen Besuch abzustatten.

Zu seiner eigenen Überraschung und Freude nimmt der Mangameister den 13-jährigen Schüler tatsächlich in seinen Reihen auf, wobei Sei nicht nur einen Lehrmeiste...more
Doug
I enjoyed this book, but what makes it special are personal memories. Dillon and I, and occasionally Neeley, had sushi with Allen and his wife for a number of years (Tuesday nights at Kappaya). Over that time we swapped lots of stories, including hearing parts of this one and he brought Dillon signed versions of his award winning books. I have such fond memories of the time and of him.
Vincent Eisman
I read this to better understand Allen Say's books. His beautifully illustrated children's books often feature protagonists who are outsiders living in cultural contexts in which they do not feel they belong. The sense of isolation in his books is often unresolved (longing for fatherland when in a new country and vice versa) or resolved through costly compromise (lingering unanswerable questions or apotheosis through foreignness). As I suspected, this somewhat introspective autobiographical work...more
Tanja
I have been a fan of Allen Say's beautiful picture books for a long time; stumbling across this autobiography was a special treat for me. I loved reading about his beginnings as an artist and admired his courage and perseverance in following his dream. It was surprising to read that he was living on his own from a very early age onwards. (While I at first thought this would be a great book for upper elementary students, due to some issues addressed, I would recommend it rather to middle schooler...more
Annie
I read this in a day--it's interesting, the writing is good, I liked the protagonist but I never felt strongly connected. I guess my own personal views got in the way of accepting his choices. I went into this book really wanting to know more about Japan right after WWII but the book didn't give me enough.
Janet
It is interesting to read, because as Allen Say himself said, "Most of it is true." It covers only a short time period in his life, but I do wonder what is true and what is not. It sounds like a rather interesting life. I found the chapter about WWII the most interesting.
Dan
its sad when kiylo leaves japan
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Allen Say is one of the most beloved artists working today. He is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, and also won a Caldecott Honor and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (written by Dianne Snyder). Many of Allen’s stories are derived from his own experiences as a child. His other books include THE BICYCLE MAN, TEA WITH MILK, and TREE OF...more
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