Craig Thompson, “Good-bye, Chunky Rice”

His first book, before the epic “Blankets,” put this guy on the map as a talented writer and artist. Chunky Rice, a little wide-eyed turtle, is leaving town and leaving his best friend behind. The reflections on moving on and finding your place in the world and missing friends are so thoughtful and touching.

THE LOWDOWN
Published: 1999 (reprint 2004), 128 pp.
Obtained via: Library
Date started: 2.26.07
Date finished: 2.27.07
What I liked: The circular storyline and especially the ending.
What I didn’t like: The dark panels and use of white space is a little hard on my eyes.
What I learned: I now have a parting gift idea for my friends when I eventually move on.
Unresolved question: WHY DOES CRAIG THOMPSON ALWAYS WANT TO MAKE ME CRY?

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