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French Milk by Lucy Knisley
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Apr 22, 2009

bookshelves: ya-graphic-novels
Read in April, 2009

Lucy is graduating from college soon and wonders aloud what it will be like in this journal. The title comes from her love of French milk which is sold in glass bottles and is full-fat not skim. The drawings in the story are vivid accounts of her time in Paris during January with her mother. After Christmas, she and her mom depart the United States and fly to Paris living in a rented flat for 6 weeks.

The story is beautifully told with drawings and photographs carefully framed in the same pen that she draws with. The entire book feels really heavenly to hold and read as there is a richness in the description of food that will make you hungry or nostalgic for your last good meal. There’s something about this book that is just striking. It’s like a comic, but there’s not too many frames on the page. So for people that don’t read graphic novels or comics very much, it’s totally nice to read. If you don’t like to read that much for fun, this book is cool because the words explain the drawings, and there are no long paragraphs.

Whether you’ve been to Paris on vacation or not, you can pretend after reading this book. You can learn a few French words. Learn about a few famous places in Paris. You can even see drawings of important paintings in famous museums. You’ll know the names of some awesome shops and restaurants in Paris. And if you go to a nice grocery store, you could buy some fancy cheese and French bread and sausage and stuff and have your own European-style meal while reading this really fun book. That’s what I did!

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