Kampung Boy (Paperback)
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Publisher: First Second
Publish Date: 8/22/2006
Dimensions: (in Inches) 6H x 8.25L x 0.5T
Age Range: 15 to 19
|"Kampung Boy "is a favorite of millions of readers in Southeast Asia. With masterful economy worthy of Charles Schultz, Lat recounts the life of Mat, a Muslim boy growing up in rural Malaysia in the 1950s: his adventures and mischief-making, fishing trips, religious study, and work on his family's rubber plantation. Meanwhile, the traditional way of life in his village (or "kampung") is steadily disappearing, with tin mines and factory jobs gradually replacing family farms and rubber small-holders. When Mat himself leaves for boarding school, he can only hope that his familiar "kampung" will still be there when he returns. "Kampung Boy" is hilarious and affectionate, with brilliant, super-expressive artwork that" "opens a window into a world that has now nearly vanished.|
From the Publisher:
A graphic novel relates the life experiences, from birth to beginning boarding school, of a Muslim boy growing up on a rubber plantation in rural Malaysia in the 1950s that include mischief-making, fishing trips, religious study, and work on his family's rubber plantation.
"Lat's loose, laid-back stories of Muslim family life and school should appeal to Marjane Satrapi fans; with humor and affection, Lat makes the exotic kampung feel familiar." 08/07/2006 "Intriguing and edifying, Lat's memoir is an endearing look at a foreign adolescence." 08/15/2006 "Filled with humor and affection, the book is a delight; readers will enjoy it not only as an introduction to a well-known Southeast Asian artist but also as a story of boyhood that encompasses both universals and the specifics of a time and place." 9/15/2007