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Chalk (2010): Two Girls, a Boy, and a T-Rex Walk into a Bar…

Bill Thomson, Chalk (Marshall Cavendish, 2010)

photo credit: kissthebook.blogspot.com

The moral of the story: never accept sidewalk chalk from strange donosaurs.

I love the idea of wordless storybooks, and the bean is just about to the age where they work for him; he is certainly fascinated by Chalk, Bill Thomson’s magical-realist tale with photo-realist pictures. I assume they were done from actual photographs, which is often a good idea, but it has some drawbacks (each child, for example, gets a close-up inset in one of the layouts. The girl in the flowered rain slicker, in her close-up is supposed to be showing amazement, but her facial expression is “DUDE, I’M GOING TO EAT YOU. BONES AND ALL.”). Still, there’s a real sense of what in adult literature is called “magical realism” to this book, and after going through it the hundred or so times I have with the bean in the last six weeks, I’ve come to the conclusion that someone needs to try a magical-realist graphic novel. I’m looking at you, Alice Hoffman. ***

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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