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Drawing from Memory by Allen Say
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Apr 08, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012, childrens
Read in April, 2012

This is a delightful hybrid text: an informational picture book autobiography that incorporates graphica in key moments. It is, literally, a portrait of the artist Allen Say as a young man, getting his first inspirations as an artist and following him through an apprenticeship with a master cartoonist. Artifacts from several visual media supplement the text - and in some places, carry the narrative - demonstrating beautifully Say's progression from young comic book reader to young visual storyteller. Insights into what Say calls the disciple/master relationship abound, and the author's note at the end must not be skipped, lest the reader miss perhaps the most moving passages of the entire book. I confess that I learned of this book through a Donalyn Miller presentation, and was not familiar with Say's work prior to reading it. That will change immediately!

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