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The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan
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Jul 17, 09

bookshelves: graphic-novels
Read in July, 2009

Thank goodness for the unreliable F train! It afforded me the luxury of poring over The Storm in the Barn for at least an hour last night! Not sure exactly why, but I had a lump in my throat the entire time I was reading this. I felt like Matt was carefully leading me somewhere and I was content to be drawn in and ushered along. Some of the sweetest panels for me were where Jack was talking with his sister who is sick with dust pneumonia. Their quiet moments as they read the Wizard of Oz together were (like so many other scenes in the book) handled with such quiet grace and a sure hand. Much will be written about this book, I'm sure. Teachers doing a unit on Grapes of Wrath or Out of the Dust would be wise to include this book as its visuals portray the dust bowl era in a way that words alone never could.
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