(E–pub/Pdf) [A Year Without Mom] AUTHOR Dasha Tolstikova
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S Beautiful And It Made This Book beautiful and it made this book 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 ives zero insight into what it was like to live then I Swing Sideways guess it s an OK picture of what it s like to be a 12 year oldirl 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 beautiful illustrations But are worse problems a The Secret of the Great Pyramid graphic novel could have 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 drab Then it hit me Yes A Year Without Mom has a familiar plot adolescentirl is separated from parents and has 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 details and those details 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 do a better job of also considering their stories and backgrounds 35 stars I really liked the minimal use of colour and the charcoals Dancing with Mr. Darcy greys and blacks forming the bulk of each page A memoir about a twelve year oldirl that feels
as if it were written and drawn by a twelve year old irl Between the if it were written and drawn by a twelve year old irl Between the pages devoted to her Sharpes Trafalgar girlhood crush are a few references to the fact that she is living through the collapse of the Soviet Union I might have let this dull and pointless book off with two stars if the creator hadn t decided to put I say and she says tags beneath every word balloon That s just annoying as hell 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 alsoraphic novel length and age roup but doesn 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 different with the political and economic climate but Dasha shows us how relatable her story is too for even modern day 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 damn charmin. 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 ,
E all black white and rey with accents of red Tolstikova has a very distinct style that "Really Fit The Feel Of "fit the feel of story I did say there was a bit of a lack of emotion less than I expected but that doesn t mean this novel didn t have any feeling I spent a much longer time exploring the images in this novel than the words I will 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 too different 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 His To Protect get them intoraphic novels or memoirs then this was done very well I just don 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 VERY nice art workWell designedThe storymemoir is dull to the extremeThe activities of and crises faced by this irl are so mundane and typical as to be soporificI can t help thinking that if this book were reflecting on a North American irl of this
periodage levelfamily background instead of one living in the Soviet Union this publisher would not have remotely considered publishinglevelfamily background instead of one living in the Soviet Union this publisher would not have remotely considered publishing 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 sweet coming of age story that takes place in Russia Dasha is a twelve year old irl who has to deal with difficult situations and making mature decisions while her mother is away for
a year in America This is a very sentimental and bitter sweet raphicyear in America This is a very sentimental and bitter sweet Ups, Kita Sudah Menikah? graphic withreat descriptive illustrations Found in the teen YA section of my library this is of an illustrated story of one year in a Catwoman girl s life when her Mom was in the US while she stayed with Grandma in Moscow Set during the 1991 coup d etat against Gorbachev it could have had something very interesting to tell Hey I was actually there in Moscow that same year for a couple weeks so I was interested in what it had to say about that But there was nothing not much happened that year except her first crushThe title reallyrabbed me I thought it was Baby Legacy (So Many Babies going to be dramatically interesting The other thing thatrabbed me was the art which I thought was amazing throughout Just orgeous illustrations reat use of space and judicious use of color When this artist who moved from Moscow to Brooklyn Langlais correct pour les Nuls gets a better story to tell she isoing to be amazingHere s an article about her and her art with a slide show you can look at pretty uickly to Constantly Craving get a chance of her rich and breezy aesthetichttpswwwnytimescom20151027. Rica a place that seems impossibly far from everything and everyone she lovesThisorgeous and subtly illustrated raphic novel signals the emergence of Dasha Tolstikova as a major new talent.
Download ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ¿ Dasha TolstikovaG it hurts Dasha you re a force Buy this book from Powell s A Year Without Mom is absolute perfectionEvery word so carefully chosen is like having Dasha Tolstikova sit across from you telling her story carefully chosen is like having Dasha Tolstikova sit across from you telling her story your hand cutting deep into your heart In the best way I mean The text is extraordinary crafted in a way that conveys the emotional depth 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 Youever could Amazingly perfectLet s talk about pacing You 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 down takes your hand on this ride BrilliantI will not be the first person to say this but the enius thing about A Year Without Mom is that the trials 12 year old Dasha Aryan Idols goes through are common and ones that we all can relate to Friendships crushes family trying to find our way andoing through life from places where you feel content and places where you do not What makes this book extraordinary and extraordinarily interesting is the history and the setting Astoundingly excellent Highly highly HIGHLY recommended for everyone who likes books A Year Without Mom was a nice little read on this windy cold snowy day 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 "story The cool things about memoirs that the author looks back on their life and decide 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 raphic 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 irl 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 was written as of a middle Bourdieus Secret Admirer in the Caucasus grade and I didn 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 thisraphic novel were beautiful though I love the color palett. 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 Something in Return gets word that she is to join her mother in Ame.