Marble Season

Marble Season

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Middle child Huey stages Captain America plays and treasures his older brother's comic book collection almost as much as his approval. "Marble Season" subtly and deftly details how the innocent, joyfully creative play that children engage in (shooting marbles, backyard performances, and organizing treasure hunts) changes as they grow older and encounter name-calling naysayers, abusive bullies, and the value judgments of other kids. An all-ages story, "Marble Season" masterfully explores the redemptive and timeless power of storytelling and role play in childhood, making it a coming-of-age story that is as resonant with the children of today as with the children of the sixties. --from publisher.
Publisher: [Montreal, CAN] : Drawn & Quarterly, a client publisher of Farrar, Straus, Giroux, [2013?]
ISBN: 9781770460867
1770460861
Branch Call Number: J GN MARBLE
Characteristics: 119 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 28 cm

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mclarjh
Apr 06, 2016

Great drawings, but stories are unimpressive compared to the "Palomar" series; for adolescents, perhaps.

leah_p Jul 22, 2014

Like a movie without a soundtrack, this episodic, conveyor-like microcosm of childhood plods along a loosely defined narrative of unrelated events and convention, like childhood and life thereafter. The black and white art style is nuanced but simple with good use of negative space and composition. Some readers may complain about the lack of a discernible plot, but this honest reflection of the adventures, inventions, boredom, friends, enemies, lies and mysteries of being a kid is what lend the work authenticity and the power to awaken long dormant nostalgic memories in all kinds of readers, not just those that share the semi-autobiographical time and place of '60s California. 'Slice of life' works can leave you wondering 'Ok, that was good but did anything actually happen?' - this is one of those. I can appreciate the captured moments but it just doesn't hold one's attention.

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Jul 26, 2018

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