Blankets by Craig Thompson

blankets$29.95, 592 pages, Non-Fiction Graphic Novel/ Biographies & Memoirs

The story of two brothers growing up in a conservative home discovering life and love.

Author’s Blog

Reviews:

Grovel Graphic Novel Blog

NY Times

This book is an autobiographical story from author Craig Thompson.  Growing up in rural and snowy Wisconsin, Craig and his brother Phil are raised with in a Christian home.  When Craig meets Raina at a church camp, they develop a relationship and begin to question their beliefs and a future life together.  Eventually, Craig begins to question his Christian beliefs and challenges many of the truths he was taught growing up.  This graphic novel ultimately serves as a means for Craig to express to his family his truth beliefs and choices.

This graphic novel was well illustrated and rather enjoyable.  Somewhat overwhelmed by its size and length, I was skeptical when I first began reading it.  I thought the story and characters were very well developed.  I would be curious to learn about Craig’s relationship with his parents today…after he made his choices and turned away from the faith in which he was raised.

Appeal Factors: Character-Driven, Spiritual, Homespun

According to Novelist, read-alikes for this book include:  Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, I Never Liked You by Chester Brown and Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man by John Porcellino (accessed May 4, 2013).

Awards: Named #1 on Time Magazine’s 2003 Best Comics List and #8 to list of Best Comics of the Decade list and Three
Harvey Awards for Best Artist, Best Graphic Album of Original Work, and Best Cartoonist; and Two Eisner Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Writer/Artist

Discussion Questions

After visiting several of the graphic novel websites recommended through readers’ advisory websites, I saw this book featured multiple times.

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