Category Archives: Graphic Novel

Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Walker BooksHmmmm. This is a confronting graphic novel. It is a look into the world of the main character Kimberly Keiko Cameron (a.k.a Skim) through entries in her diary. This world is quite dark and depressing, with characters from her school trying to bring in positive light, but in such a fake way it makes everything even more depressing. Skim is trying to find her way through emotional themes such as suicide, while attempting to hold onto and find suitable friends, as well as deal with the emotions of first love. The images of the weather in this novel seem to reflect the mood of the story. Do you agree?

5/10 – not really my cup-of-tea

RF

The complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

The Penguin GroupAn absolutely amazing graphic novel. A view of the Holocaust that will imprint on your memory.

Maus tells the true story of Spiegelman’s father’s survival of, arguably, one of the darkest periods of world history – the Holocaust. The remarkable artwork treks Vladek’s story from pre-war Poland to Auschwitz, from young love to tragedy. Each character of the novel is given an animal head on a human body, representative of their origins. For example, the Jewish characters have heads of mice and the German characters have heads of cats. The strong subject matter of the Holocaust is lightened by snippets of present-day, as we are shown the relationship between father and son and can see how the war shaped them.

The artwork, and therefore the story, stays with you long after you have finished reading. I give it a 10/10.