Review: I Was a Child
I was a child but I wasn’t very good at it. I’m not sure why. I think a lot of us are born waiting to be adults. I know I was. I just sat there, waiting. This is that story.
That opening paragraph gives readers a sense of the humor and story that awaits them between the covers. Kaplan was a child of the 60s who took pleasure in observing life and watching TV. His family wasn’t really dysfunctional but it had its share of idiosyncrasies.
Kaplan shares his story through a series of memories that feel disconnected at times but somehow worked well for me. Even though Kaplan is a cartoonist for The New Yorker, I didn’t think the illustrations were anything special but that didn’t keep me from enjoying I Was a Child. I’m not sure this quirky book is for everyone but it brought back lots of memories for this child of the 60s. You’ll want to check this book out if you enjoy graphic memoirs.
Review copy provided by Penguin Random House. I am an Indiebound Affliate.