MyCab's Reviews > American Elf: The Collected Sketchbook Diaries, Vol. 1

American Elf by James Kochalka
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Jul 17, 2007

it was amazing
Read in January, 2004

JUly 16, 2007
Terri, my wife, and i actually read this book every night in bed together while she was pregnant with amelia. The book is a pictorial diary that actually catalogs five years of his life. James portrays himself and family as elves. Each daily entry is drawn in a four box summary of any event that took place that day. Kind of Seinfield-esque in the daily entries in that most are really about nothing, but as they build and grow together and you get deeper into the story, you really begin to get a deeper sense of who James is. The entries are funny and personal and intimate and sad and exciting and whatever else.
Really really, a good read.
He is still maintaining the diary entries and you can subscribe to them on his website,
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