Super cute collection of short bits by the monsters in the kids GN world. Especially notable for the myriad Raina Telgemeier and Babymouse completisSuper cute collection of short bits by the monsters in the kids GN world. Especially notable for the myriad Raina Telgemeier and Babymouse completists. Telgemeier's selection is about a D&D game, so that's cool. And this is the first time I've actually read a Babymouse story myself (I know, I know). It's great as a sampler, especially if you're trying to broaden your JGN knowledge very quickly.
Honestly, the standout for me was from Dan Santat, particularly because people just announced that he's coming out with a memoir about his childhood. I am just a ::little:: bit excited about that....more
Yeah, the standout for me here was that one illustration of the tree (page 19). I even posted a pic of it on the internets to demonstrate my love.
TheYeah, the standout for me here was that one illustration of the tree (page 19). I even posted a pic of it on the internets to demonstrate my love.
The plot is a relatively run-of-the-mill bullying/outsider story. Plus Jane Eyre spoilers (which I don't really care about, since I've never read that book). I agree with the people who question that one of the protagonists main insecurities has to do with her weight, since she's drawn relatively slim. The perspective of the book is squarely within her brain, so it seems like the images of herself would reflect those insecurities (regardless of the objective truth). Also, the fox element was disappointingly minimal, given the prominence in the title (and many reviews).
The construction is lovely - out of the box lettering, moody shadows, blending factual elements with imaginative. It also functions beautifully as a graphic novel - it's easy to follow and pulls you in. I'm pretty sure I read this in one sitting. If you haven't seen this in person yet, it's big - about the size of a piece of printer paper. This gives the lovely illustrations (like that killer tree!) a lot of impact when they bleed out to the edges of the page.
This got a lot of buzz the year it came out, so I was expecting more, which may have worked against my affections. ...more
Written for another review source: She thought she was just borrowing the katana from her parents’ attic for a costume. Little did she realize what sheWritten for another review source: She thought she was just borrowing the katana from her parents’ attic for a costume. Little did she realize what she would awaken. Mio finds herself running from and then hunting down a Nekomata, or cat monster. Along the way, she is accompanied by her fishnets-wearing best friend, a swoony ancient guy, and a skulk of Kitsune. This quest has all the markers of a juicy romantic action movie. Mio and her friends battle mystical forces, climb magic and architectural wonders, and feel destined for each other in all the appropriate places. Anyone who enjoys the idea of Japanese mythology mashed with urban London will likely enjoy this pulpy adventure. Recommended for middle school and high school audiences. ::: While I still raise my eyebrows at white writers making heavy use of topics not from their culture-of-origin, I appreciated the way Marriott addressed the one misstep I caught within this text (a description of the eyes of one of the characters).
I booktalked this to middle schoolers in my district in 2016, and used the scene in a coffee shop where a bunch of cats stalk our protagonist. I took personal pleasure in the depiction of creepy cats. ;)
I also took personal pleasure in the epic climactic scene in a fantastic (real) building in London.
I was surprised at how much I liked this. I mean, there are a few fictionalized, torn-from-life, graphic novels about flailing, aging cartoonists out tI was surprised at how much I liked this. I mean, there are a few fictionalized, torn-from-life, graphic novels about flailing, aging cartoonists out there.
And maybe, if that was all this was, I'd let my star rating rest at 3*.
But then he throws in the Death to Smoochy factor. And that was the part that I cared about.
As far as execution goes, he uses the 9-panel layout serviceably, effectively. His illustrations bring to mind a toned-down, more angular, more accessible Derf Backderf for me.
I'm not sure I'll find this particularly memorable, but I always like being surprised by goodness. :)
Oh yeah, and, I'm including this as a GNTravelogue bc it includes a trip to NYC.
*This is probably more like 3.5 in life, and bear in mind that I'm not one of those reviewers who constantly complain at the lack of half-star options....more
For anyone who's ever wondered what dating, marriage, and sex is like from the perspective of Iranian women. Satrapi uses her considerable skill to reFor anyone who's ever wondered what dating, marriage, and sex is like from the perspective of Iranian women. Satrapi uses her considerable skill to record the experiences of her inner circle. The illustrations are less panel-based than I remember in Persepolis. As I look at the cover and remember the contents, the keyword that comes to mind is "coy."
This one contains children. (Acknowledgement of the vaguely creepy title.) On each spread, the right side iOh, I love me an insightful pictorial work.
This one contains children. (Acknowledgement of the vaguely creepy title.) On each spread, the right side is a full-page image of the child's bedroom. The left side includes a portrait of the child against a neutral background, and a paragraph of text about the child, including information such as school, work, what they want to be when they grow up, etc. At the beginning, Mollison includes a relatively short introduction, which talks about how he started working on the project. The ending includes a world map, designed in the same aesthetic as the cover, which indexes where the children featured are from, globally.
At first, I felt that the tiny size of the font in the only words on these pages was a problem - it is very small - difficult to read, in fact. However, minimizing the text feels like both a creative and methodical choice, as you are forced to treat the text almost as an afterthought, and definitely a compliment to the pictures, rather than the other way round. If you have trouble reading small fonts, I recommend that you come prepared with a magnification device - the words are definitely worth the read.
I found myself exclaiming out loud as I read a high proportion of these pages. One draws certain conclusions from these images, and then, often, those conclusions are shown to be... not necessarily the actual reality of this specific child. Also, the photographer was born in Kenya, and raised in Oxford, England. The way he talks about these kids feels different than the way I usually hear people talk about children. I was particularly fascinated by the bit about the kid in England dealing with mental illness. The system of restrictions on him is significant in its difference from this phenomenon in the United States.
Just a small sampling of the standouts to me: The punk from Scotland who's had a Mohawk since she was six. The "mummy's boy" from Italy. The heartbreaking beggar from Nepal. The eleven year old, bedroom all in camo, who owns two guns, but prefers to hunt with crossbow, and has a pet lizard named Lily. The 14-year-old who's been pregnant 3 times. The tearful five year old who lives in a shack and wants to be a nurse.
In the cases of children with dedicated bedrooms, with the privilege of décor, I wanted to know who had chosen that décor, and how it was chosen. I noticed the high number of children who wanted to be a teacher or medical person when they grew up, and this made me think about the question of Who are the idols of our culture? Mollison more-or-less alternates children on the two ends of the class spectrum.
Suffice it to say, I found this book thought-provoking. I finished it, and immediately handed it to my partner so she could read it too. Library-users: Cool pictorial books like this often hide deep in the nonfiction stacks. Put this book on hold!...more