Friday, April 27, 2012

Review: The Squirrel Mother - Megan Kelso

Where I got it: Inter-library Loan
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 4 stars (It sort of sets the tone for the book.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: July 1, 2006
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Page Count: 147 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

I'm going to just go ahead and get started with the review here, since this is a story collection.

My favorite story was "Fuck the Troops". It was completely accurate and talked about how we glorify war and forget our vets. It was a sad tale, but so accurate. I enjoyed all the stories throughout this though and the illustrations were great too. There were stories of love, loss and some that seemed just plain bizarre. Megan Kelso drew upon so many different topics in an entirely interesting way. Each story is a little nugget of wisdom and rebellion. Her brief tales and awesome illustrations leave you pondering well after having finished reading. I will definitely be purchasing my own copy so that I can reread it and lend it to my friends. If you're a graphic novel fan and like stories that make you think make sure you pick this one up.

First Line:
"Once upon a time, there was a lady with lots of children."

Favorite Line:
" Long after thousands have died and peace has eluded the living, concede that is was all a big mistake."

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