I am currently taking a class called Teaching the Graphic Novel. It's amazing, and a lot of work, but totally worth it. I have just completed a book called One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry.
Barry reflects on her childhood and reveals moments that help create the person she is today. Each chapter in this beautiful book is a demon which is actually a word and the history attached to that word. In a chapter called "Magic Lanterns," Barry discusses the magic power contained in childhood objects like a blankets or stuffed animals and the devastation of losing said object.
Barry's writing is like a friend, someone you have never met who can speak to the truth of who you are. She is caring and endearing, and encourages others to pick up a pen and exorcise their demons. Spend some time in this book and you will leave with a new friend.
Barry didn't have books at home so she began reading the Classifieds of the newspaper and making up her own stories. I love seeing her 9-year-old imagination at work.
I have also ordered her book What It Is. This book helps to unleash the writer inside and I hope to use some of the exercises in my classroom.
Have you ever read a book and instantly believed that you and the author or one of the characters would be best friends?