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Commended for everyone who likes books 35 stars I "really liked the minimal use of colour and the charcoals greys and blacks forming the bulk of each page "liked the minimal use of colour and the charcoals greys and blacks forming the bulk of each page in the teen YA section of my library this is of an illustrated story of one year in a girl s life when her Mom was in the US while A Year Without Mom was a nice little read on this windy cold snowy ay The narrative was interesting it was told in present tense which I wasn t expecting and made it feel like it wasn t a memoir but a fictional story The cool things about memoirs is that the author looks back on their life and ecide how to share their life with their readers But since this was told in present tense it have that looking back thoughtful possibly nostaglic uality that a lot of memoirs especially graphic memoirs have The writing was also incredibly simple There were a lot of caps and exclamation points and soooo s which made the narrative sound juvenile There also wasn t too much emotion behind anything I expected the story to have feeling since this young girl Dasha had to live for a year in Russia while her mother was in America but it just felt like Dasha explaining a series of events and her mother *just happened to be absent Maybe I just unaware of the target audience here Maybe this *happened to be absent Maybe I just unaware of the target audience here Maybe this written as of a middle grade and I idn t realize that Either way I was just surprised that it felt much like a book for younger readers since I wasn t expecting that The illustrations in this graphic novel were
Beautiful Though I Love The though I love the palette all black white and grey with accents of red Tolstikova has a very You Owe Me One distinct style that really fit the feel of this story Iid say there was a bit of a lack of emotion less than I expected but that Debbie Browns Dream Wedding Cakes doesn t mean this novelidn t have any feeling I spent a much longer time exploring the images in this novel than the words I will Second Son (Jack Reacher, definitely flip through this again and again just for the illustrations because they really are something special I wanted to bump the start rating up just for the illustrations but the narrative style was just tooifferent from what I was expecting This was by no means bad 3 stars means I enjoyed the novel If the target audience of this is young readers and is possible a way to get them into graphic novels or memoirs then this was United States of Americana done very well I juston t fully know what the intent of this novel was so it s hard to say if it fulfilled that whatever it is A Year Without Mom was a very nice read though Very nice and very pretty indeed. Rica a place that seems impossibly far from everything and everyone she lovesThis gorgeous and subtly illustrated graphic novel signals the emergence of Dasha Tolstikova as a major new talent.
review A Year Without MomA memoir about a twelve year old girl that feels as if it were written and rawn by a twelve year old
girl Between the numerous pages evoted to her girlhood crush are a few references toBetween the numerous pages Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - The Sunday Times Bestseller devoted to her girlhood crush are a few references to fact that she is living through the collapse of the Soviet Union I might have let thisull and pointless book off with two stars if the creator hadn t ecided to put I *say and she says tags beneath every word balloon That s just annoying as hell Hmm Well I LOVED the *and she says tags beneath every word balloon That s just annoying as hell Hmm Well I LOVED the It s beautiful and it made this book worth reading for me But the storywasn t First of all there s really no reason to know it s set in 1990s Russia because this book gives zero insight into what it was like to live then I guess it s an OK picture of what it s like to be a 12 year old girl but I would have liked to see a wordless version of this because the words are really just something to step over on your way to beautiful illustrations But there are worse problems a graphic novel could have VERY nice art workWell esignedThe storymemoir is ull to the extremeThe activities of and crises faced by this girl are so mundane and typical as to be soporificI can t help thinking faced by this girl are so mundane and typical as to be soporificI can t help thinking if this book were reflecting on a North American girl of this periodage levelfamily background instead of one living in the Soviet Union this publisher would not have remotely considered publishing it And even though the book is set in the Soviet Union and the transition to Russia is part of the timeline there seems to be no cultural point to it A Year Without Mom lives outside the box of whatever kind of kids book box you want to try to put it in It s like a really long picture book for much much older kids it s also graphic novel length and age group but oesn t have panels and instead has small blocks of text alongside full page illustrations and it s a historical memoir too While her story takes place in 1990 s Russia rooted in such a specific time and place it never feels that far away from the reader Of course we see just how it is True Prosperity different with the political and economic climate but Dasha shows us how relatable her story is too for even modernay kids of America she finds the right balance of her s and ours Not to mention her illustrations are so unconventionally beautiful and the way she constructs a conversation on the page is just so amn charming it hurts Dasha you re a force Buy this book from Powell s At first I was thinking Except for how it s set in Russia I ve read this storyline many times And the artwork is too A Year Without Mom follows twelve year old Dasha through a year full of turmoil after her mother leaves for AmericaIt is the early 1990s in Moscow and political change is in the air But Dasha Rab Then it hit me Yes A Year Without Mom has a familiar plot adolescent girl
separated from parents and to navigate school friends and the future or less on her own but that Russian setting is what makes it so relevant Young people all over the world have similar issues and problems like those experienced by young Dasha Set the story in Russia and all that changes are the etails and those etails are rendered here in washed out colors with occasional splashes of brightness This is how I imagine Dasha s world feels to herI can t speak for all teachers but when I have students in class who come from foreign lands I tend to focus on their language A Year Without Mom reminds me to o a better job of also considering their stories and backgrounds A sweet coming of age story that takes place in Russia Dasha is aIs Separated From Parents And
TWELVE YEAR OLD GIRL WHO HAS TO DEAL WITHyear old girl who has to Search Marketing Strategies deal with situations and making matureecisions while her mother is away for a year in America This is a very sentimental and bitter sweet graphic novel with great No Capital Required descriptive illustrations A Year Without Mom is absolute perfectionEvery word so carefully chosen is like having Dasha Tolstikova sit across from you telling her story holding your hand cuttingeep into your heart In the best way I mean The text is extraordinary crafted in a way that conveys the emotional epth of the story right to your soul You feel everything 12 year old Dasha feels This is no easy feat To be able to write such an accessible story that carries such huge big emotionThe illustrations carry the text perfectly Dasha s style captures Moscow and adolescence like no one else s ever could Amazingly perfectLet s talk about pacing You could teach a class on the pacing and page turns and white space in this book It s part of what makes it seem like Dasha herself is telling the story into your ear and is a master class in how to vary the speed of a story and when and why The pacing carries you through tells you when to speed up and when to slow own takes your hand on this ride BrilliantI will not be *The First Person To *first person to this but the genius thing about A Year Without Mom is that the trials 12 year old Dasha goes through are common and ones that we all can relate to Friendships crushes family trying to find our way and going through life from places where you feel content and places where you WordPress Absolute Beginners Guide do not What makes this book extraordinary and extraordinarily interesting is the history and the setting Astoundingly excellent Highly highly HIGHLY re. S worried about her own challenges as she negotiates family friendships and school without her mother Just as she begins to find her own feet she gets word that she is to join her mother in Ame.