Astonishing Graphic Novel

 Imogene’s Antlers by David Small has always been one of my favorite childrens books so I was eager to read his graphic memoir Stitches, but not prepared for the intensity of it. With drawings and spare words, he relives his troubled childhood with his frighteningly unhappy mother and physician father. After X-Ray treatments from his father, he develops cancer at the age of 14 but no one tells him. He awakes from surgery scarred, mute, and confused about what happened and why. At 16 he leaves hom…more Imogene’s Antlers by David Small has always been one of my favorite childrens books so I was eager to read his graphic memoir Stitches, but not prepared for the intensity of it. With drawings and spare words, he relives his troubled childhood with his frighteningly unhappy mother and physician father. After X-Ray treatments from his father, he develops cancer at the age of 14 but no one tells him. He awakes from surgery scarred, mute, and confused about what happened and why. At 16 he leaves home and lives on his own. As we know, he eventually overcomes his past and becomes a leading author and illustrator but none of us could have guessed the trauma he endured and the path he took to become an artist. This is an amazing book. Posted by Suzy.

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  1. Bonnie

    david small is my hero. and imogene’s antlers is genius. strangely after reading Stitches, i can kind of see the connection between his early life and a girl who grows antlers…

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