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Review: I Was a Child

March 17, 2016

I Was a Child

Bruce Kaplan opens his graphic memoir, I Was a Child: A Memoir, like this:

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.

 

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2016 6:23 am

    Wow, what a great opening paragraph! Could have been in an adult memoir as well!

  2. Patty permalink
    March 17, 2016 7:53 am

    I really love books like this. The illustrations remind me a little bit of Shel Silverstein.

  3. March 17, 2016 8:08 am

    I love that opening! Will look for this book at the library…

  4. March 17, 2016 8:25 am

    Love the book trailer! I recognized his adults from The New Yorker cartoons. I’ll look for this one, too!

  5. March 17, 2016 9:17 am

    “I was a child but I wasn’t very good at it.” Love it!! Hoping my library has it.

  6. March 17, 2016 9:25 am

    I’ve never read any graphic novels, let alone a memoir. It might be time to try one.

  7. March 17, 2016 11:26 am

    I’m a child of the sixties too, I’ll have to give this one a try.

  8. March 17, 2016 1:45 pm

    As a child of the 60s, I’d probably like this book.

  9. March 17, 2016 2:48 pm

    I’ve now ordered this one from the library – thanks! Cheers

  10. March 17, 2016 3:03 pm

    I love these kinds of graphic memoirs.

    • March 17, 2016 3:05 pm

      I can relate to his statement of waiting to be an adult…I did that as a child too.

  11. bookingmama permalink
    March 18, 2016 10:06 am

    Sounds fun. I haven’t read a graphic memoir in such a long time.

  12. Literary Feline permalink
    March 18, 2016 2:46 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this one before, but it does sound like something I would like. I enjoy graphic memoirs–probably more than the more traditional memoir.

  13. March 18, 2016 10:27 pm

    Looks good!

  14. March 20, 2016 8:49 pm

    The book trailer is really cute! I think I’d like this one.

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