0108) Gast by Carol Swain, finished September 19
Duncan the Wonder Dog---and not just because this is a world as normal as ours exept the animals talk, although that's an obvious point.two days
Largely, what makes this book great is its quiet. It doesn't rush. It's not anxious to prove anything. It just presents the days of this eleven-year-old girl and allows her to live them.
Here's the basics: she moves to Wales with her parents. Shortly thereafter she learns that her neighbor recently killed himself and she undertakes learning all she can about him. She learns plenty, but what she comes to understand hasn't much to do with the facts uncovered.
My favorite characters are the dogs. The way they look at each other. The way they talk does, I think, better catch the way dogs would talk, could they talk,
than, say, Up. My favorite dog bit is when they're leading the girl somewhere and one of them keeps biting her ankle and she keeps complaining and the dog says, "Sorry, I keep thinking you're a sheep." and I love that.
107) Paper Girls Volume One by Brian K Vaughan et al, finished September 16
Brilliant! I don't know what the what's going on, but every new layer to the mystery makes me more excited for the eventual conclusions (which there had better be). I can't remember the last first-collection I was this exited about.afternoon
The art, with its line style, dynamism, faces, religious allusions, and colors, looks like Mike and Laura Allred's work much of the time---which is just the right homage to make with this madness.
So we have time travelers and ancient reptiles and the '80s and more, and I've already put the next two volumes on hold.
104, 105, 106) Fences by August Wilson, finished September 15
I'm not sure there's any play I more enjoy reading in class with my students.a week
103) Drama by Raina Telgemeier, finished September 11
This is my first full book of Telgemeier's and I have to say I like her long. I get why the kids like her. And if this is typical, it's probably a very good thing for America that the kids like her. This is just straight up middleschoolers being decent human being as they try to figure themselves and each other out. And although these kids are putting on a grotesquely more complex show than anything I did in middle school, it still felt real. And I love that kids taking on big tasks could feel real.an evening
I suppose, maybe, this book is aspirational. But what, pray tell, is wrong with that?
Previously in 2017