This acclaimed collection of graphic short stories includes personal and semi-autobiographical stories that draw heavily on the details of Kelso's youth along with stories about the idea of America and American history.
Kelso's work is characterized by subject matter that fits roughly into two disparate camps: personal and semi-autobiographical stories that draw heavily on the details of her childhood and adolescence, and stories about the idea of America and American history, such as a trilogy of short pieces about Alexander Hamilton. Her work is distinguished from many of her contemporaries as much by her spare, elegant, calligraphic linework, leisurely pacing, and psychological acuity as it is by the absence of nihilism, scatology, pedantry, and formal experimentalism. Her work is charming, witty, nuanced, slightly elusive, and sharply observed.The Squirrel Mother features 15 stories of between three and twenty-two pages in full color, including two stories, "Meow Face" and "Aide de Camp," done especially for this volume. The personal stories are each self-contained but in a sense take place in the same world where similar characters inhabit different stories. The "America" stories are broader in subject matter, taking on events of political and historical significance and wrestling with ideas having to do with the American experience.
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||15 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Megan Kelso lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and daughter. Her books include Queen of the Black Black, The Squirrel Mother, and Artichoke Tales.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Megan Kelso's graphic novel, The Squirrel Mother, is a beautifully drawn collection of short stories that have a great intellectual depth. Most of the stories only last a few pages, but Kelso is precise with her words and pictures and able to quickly convey her ideas and questions. She gives us stories about a mother leaving her child, learning the waltz, reading neighbors through Halloween candy, and dealing with a crazy aunt, among the many stories. She tackles heavy issues with a delicate touch, much like her art. There's a brief interlude for a piece about Alexander Hamilton that delves heavily into political history, but again, it's filled with depth. All her stories feature unique perspectives that go against the grain. This is a great graphic novel that is a quick read, but contains ideas that will linger in your thoughts.