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I'm Reading Comeeks

I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

Lovely

A Year Without Mom - Dasha Tolstikova

Beautiful watercolor illustrations tell the story of young Dasha's year from the point when her mother decides to leave Russia to attend an advertising school in the U.S. 

 

Dasha stays in Russia with her grandparents and does a lot of growing up without her mom around.  It's kind of sad and bittersweet to watch as Dasha becomes more independent even while missing her mom, life goes on.

 

After the year is over when her mother returns, the little things, like her mother bringing her presents in her former favorite color and making her a breakfast that was her favorite a year ago, are just the tip of the iceberg of what has changed in just a year without her mother there.

 

Really a lovely graphic novel coming of age story.  This would be a great choice for a middle grade book club.