The prize-winning children’s author depicts a childhood from hell in this searing yet redemptive graphic memoir.
One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot, the fourteen-year-old boy had not been told that he ha
Holy motherfuck, this book is intense. It's a real fast read, despite its intimidating heft. And it's just terribly devastating—powerful and aching and sparse and horribly beautiful, and oh also did I mention that it's terribly devastating?
I mean, not devastating in an irredeemable way, like those maudlin mass-market bestsellers where everyone dies slowly & tragically while staring meaningfully into their loved ones' eyes and gently speaking words of unbearabl...more
I predict that David is going to die, because of his cancer. I also predict that David’s father is going to try to make David forgive him for what he has done to him. I think that David is not going to forgive his...more
Craig Thompson’s Blankets does. Small’s memoir mirrors the helplessness children and adolescents often feel as pawns in world ruled by adults with their own dysfunctional baggage, and beautifully illustrates the truism that everyone eventually grows up and is rewarded with the chance to develop their own identity separate from the people who raised them. Als...more
The background: the author would eventually become a renowned illustrator of children's books.
My notes: the book is goregously illustrated in black inks and watercolors. The prose is spare, and the story minimal. Amist the flood of memoirs published in recent years, this one has to s...more
What would you do if you discovered a secret that would change everything? In Stitches, award winning author and illustrator David Small recreates his dark childhood where not even a glimpse of hope is to be found. Through a secret which aggravated his childhood to the brink of death, Small somehow withstood the pain and the suffering of a childhood without love; and comes out on top, because of a passion. A driven force. Art. I would exceedingly recommend this book to anyone that is looking fo...more
my review from work:
"In harsh gray tones and unforgiving imagery, David Small captures his childhood growing up with distant, unloving parents in 1950s Detroit. His father, a radiologist, often treated David’s minor ailments with x-rays that caused a small growth on his neck that his parents left untreated for years. Surgery revealed it to be cancer and David lost part of his vocal cord and, at first, his voice. The anger and hurt, even after many years, over the...more
Stitches is well illustrated and flows seamlessly from frame to frame. So, it was a delight to read despited the sad recounting of the author's childhood years. I recommend it highly.
The last time I read comic books ( now more fashionably called Graphic Novels ) was during my pre-teen years. Beside the typical...more
David Small packs so much emotion into each panel of art that entire sections of the book proceed without a word - much like the childhood described by the book. T...more
This is dynamic and amazing in that there is very little dialogue and narration. Much of his...more
Stitches is a look at the bleak and scary childhood that David was able to survive and overcome. From a radiologist father who treated David's sinus issues with x-rays, which later caused throat cancer (a diagnosis that his parents tried to hide from him), to a passive-aggressive mother who expressed herself through throat clearing coughs an...more
STITCHES is sad to be sure, but se...more
APA citation: Small, D. (2009). Stitches, a memoir--. W W Norton & Co Inc.
Award: National Book Award Nominee for Young People's Literature (2009), Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee (2011), Michigan Notable Book (2010), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Nonfiction & Graphic Novel (2009), ALA Alex Award (2010)
ALA's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2010)
Format: Graphic Novel
Selection Process: Scholastic Teachers’ pick - First-Rate Bio...more
Summary: This is a story about a young boy, David. David had medical problems ever since he was little. Despite his medical problems his parents were never really there for him. His parents had different priorities and always seemed to push David’s problem aside. He eventually found out that he had cancer, after David recovered he decided to separate from his family. David built a successful life for himself, he didn’t return to see his mother until she was on her death bed.
Response: I f...more
The book Stitches is a true story about a young boy named David Small. David was unable to have the normal childhood he so badly wished he could, because his mom and grandma were very abusive. When he was young he found out that he had a growth on his neck that needed to be removed but his mom couldn’t afford it. When in all actuality his mother would just rather spend her money on other things like cars and furniture. When they finally decided to pay for the surgery after it they were...more
I found the memoir itself too dispassionate; this is no Blankets or Jimmy Corrigan the Smartest Kid on Earth. David Small seems to be cataloging his misfortunes (loveless parents, internalized feelings, strict upbringing, sickness trauma, etc.). I found almost every scene too sho...more
This is a memoir. The author wrote this, himself being...more