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The author of the book: Timothy Decker
Date of issue: May 1st 2012
ISBN 13: 9781608981205
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 556 KB
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I picked this up with anticipation, hope and at least a little trepidation. Decker has made some incredible, unclassifiable picture books and this lightly illustrated novel represents no little departure from the formula I have loved so much.
I needn't have worried. In the young protagonist Martin, Decker delivers a real, complex and prickly hero. A kid I want to bring home so he can ignore me while I make him a sandwich and tell him to pick up his room. And then he can ignore me and play his guitar with the amp turned all the way up. Oh, wait, I have one kind of like that already. Never mind.
Martin's 17, and he's flailing around a little. He knows some things for sure- maybe more than the average 17-year-old does, but he's lost in more ways than he's found. He stumbles across some pretty wonderful people in the month this book covers, and I think at the end we have seen him grow and change in ways that matter. In ways that may even help him change the world.
I adored Holly, and thought that the awkward miscommunications and dancing back and forth was true-to-life. It made me cringe to read, it was so authentic.
The illustrations, of course, are brilliant. It's what Decker does best. There's a spareness combined with richness that's hard to articulate, but one can almost step into those pen and inks.
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Read information about the authorI write and draw cool children's books.
That's pretty much all I think about for most of my waking hours. It's terribly time consuming, tedious and slightly maddening.
I'm quite proud of my books, even though I tend not to think about or look at them once they leave my desk. From that point on, they belong to you guys, I guess. Enjoy them or merely shrug and pass them along.
Meanwhile, I'll just continue to make more books because ink is cheap and I dislike sleeping.
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