All I can say after finishing Stitches by David Small is wow! Stitches is Small’s graphic memoir and it’s hard to say much about the story without giving things away. David Small was born and raised in Detroit by his radiologist father and his homemaker mother. His mother was born with some health problems and raised by a troubled mother and it affected her for the rest of her life.
David had an extremely difficult and troubling childhood, mainly because of his mother. There is one scene in Stitches that will be particularly disturbing to book lovers. David’s family suppressed things and did a poor job of communicating, especially with the kids, so David discovered things the hard way. I’m amazed that he’s gone on to have such a great life.
I thought Stitches was an amazing book! The story is horrifyingly compelling – just as you think things can’t get any worse, they do – and the illustrations are fantastic. I think having color in some of the illustrations would have improved the book somewhat, but that’s only a minor complaint. The book is great as it is.
David Small is a children’s book author and illustrator. He won the Caldecott Medal in 2001 for So You Want to Be President?. He and his wife live in Michigan. This trailer for Stitches features a lot of illustrations from the book:
I received this book at the SIBA Trade Show.