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12 Books of Christmas Break: Chopsticks

For the new year, I decided to read a book in a format that I’ve never seen before – I’m not even 100% sure what to call it. Graphic novel signifies a whole different category of books, but it’s not a normal novel…maybe a scrapbook novel? Not sure. Read it and help me decide.

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Title: Chopsticks
Author: Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult
Erin’s teaser synopsis: Opening this book is kind of like stepping into someone’s life. Or a slideshow of their life. It’s essentially a pictorial narrative about the love between a young piano prodigy and a newly immigrated Argentinian boy. Yes, there are some words, but not that many, and mostly on scraps, etc.
Why I relate to it: I’m down for any new and interesting twist on the traditional story, and this is a new and interesting twist on both a wordless book (like Sector 7) and a graphic novel. Plus, the whole immigrant/ESL thing and the boy being from Argentina gave me a closer relationship to the narrative, as well.
Judgement call: I loved the book. It has the potential to be a quick or a long read, depending on how attentive you are to detail. In my case, I’d say I was more attentive than most and I went back afterward to make sure that I got all the little bits correct, but you can definitely breeze through it in no time if you want.

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If you’re local to the Mesquite area, it’s available at the library, or you can (as always) buy it on Amazon.

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We seek to learn, and when academics do not present the answers, we look inside our own beautiful imaginations for the key.

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