Paul Joins the Scouts

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Following on the heels of the The Song of Roland, Montrealer Michel Rabagliati returns to the childhood story of his famous semi-autobiographical character. It’s 1970 and Paul’s family watches the news with anxiety as bombs are going off around Montreal. But Paul is more interested in flying his kite, comics, and his first kiss. Soon Paul joins the Scouts and heads off to camp. Away from his parents and extended family he discovers self worth in a troop of like-minded and enthusiastic boys. Things take a turn, ...
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Overview

Following on the heels of the The Song of Roland, Montrealer Michel Rabagliati returns to the childhood story of his famous semi-autobiographical character. It’s 1970 and Paul’s family watches the news with anxiety as bombs are going off around Montreal. But Paul is more interested in flying his kite, comics, and his first kiss. Soon Paul joins the Scouts and heads off to camp. Away from his parents and extended family he discovers self worth in a troop of like-minded and enthusiastic boys. Things take a turn, however, when the troop gets mixed up in the terrifying events of the FLQ crisis. Paul Joins the Scouts is a coming of age story which takes an historical approach to both the Baden Powell scouting movement and the October Crisis, but humanizes these incidents for both a YA and adult audience. It is original, sincere, captivating, and a little bit retro.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Using precise, expressive panels full of period detail, French-Canadian cartoonist Rabagliati pens a semi-autobiographic graphic novel that depicts happy childhood moments (which can never be recaptured) with wise, poignant art. It's 1970 and 9-year-old Paul is dreaming of his first kiss, memorizing a book on making comics, and wondering if joining the Boy Scouts is for him. While it sounds as perfect as a summer day by the lake, there are dark spots: the FLQ separatist movement is setting off bombs around Canada and Paul's nosy grandmother is making life miserable for his parents. Like Rabagliati's other books (Paul Moves Out, The Song of Roland) an easy-going sweetness permeates the story, which is filled with sharp details—the songs and books of childhood and the idyllic moments of a summer scouting trip. Is this too good to be true? A tiny thread of doom finally explodes and shows how precarious it all was. Rabagliati's marvelous art captures all the characters with bold lines and rock-solid cartooning. While ultimately more good-natured than penetrating, Rabagliati's fond memories take us back to the perfect childhood moment when anything was possible. (May)
Library Journal
★ 
The English translation of French-Canadian Rabagliati’s (Song of Roland) semiautobiographical adventures of Paul is just as enjoyable as previous outings. Rabagliati weaves story lines of Paul joining the scouts and falling in love with those of the tense political environment created by the Quebec Liberation Front, family clashes between Paul’s mother and her in-laws, and one young Cub Master–in–training, whose political leanings get him into trouble. Each Cub Master gets a one-page vignette, and Rabagliati expertly crafts deep characters with a few frames. The black-and-white retro style features detailed backgrounds and easily distinguishable characters.

Verdict These engaging, well-written, attractively illustrated stories will be enjoyed by any graphic novel reader. [The French edition, Paul au Parc, was nominated for a Shuster Award, a youth award at the 2012 Angoul?me Festival, and Friends of the Library Award in Montreal.—Ed.]—Brian Looker, Appleton P.L., WI
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894994699
  • Publisher: Conundrum Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 714,256
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Michel Rabagliati was born in 1961 in Montreal, where he grew up in the Rosemont neighbourhood. Having developed an interest in typography, he studied graphic design and in 1988 moved into freelance illustration. Since 1998, his graphic novels have revolutionized the comic-book art form in Quebec. With his six books, Michel Rabagliati has become an essential figure in the comics scene of Quebec. In April 2005, he was awarded the Grand Prix de la ville de Québec, care of the Festival de BD de Québec, and was selected as a Personality of the Week by the daily newspaper La Presse. In 2007, Rabagliati’s body of work to date earned a Special Mention from the Prix des libraires du Québec.

Michel Rabagliati was born in 1961 in Montreal, where he grew up in the Rosemont neighbourhood. Having developed an interest in typography, he studied graphic design and in 1988 moved into freelance illustration. Since 1998, his graphic novels have revolutionized the comic-book art form in Quebec. With his six books, Michel Rabagliati has become an essential figure in the comics scene of Quebec. In April 2005, he was awarded the Grand Prix de la ville de Québec, care of the Festival de BD de Québec, and was selected as a Personality of the Week by the daily newspaper La Presse. In 2007, Rabagliati’s body of work to date earned a Special Mention from the Prix des libraires du Québec.

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