(PDF) [A Year Without Mom] BY Dasha Tolstikova
Icult situations and making mature ecisions while her mother is away for a year in America This is a very sentimental and bitter sweet graphic novel with great The Penguin Book of English Verse 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 35 stars I really liked the minimal use of colour and the charcoals greys and blacks forming the bulk of each page Found 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 she stayed with Grandma in Moscow Set Seven Secrets of Happiness during the 1991 coup 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 really grabbed me I thought it was going to be The Killer Cats Birthday Bash (The Killer Cat, dramatically interesting The other thing that grabbed me was the art which I thought was amazing throughout J A Year Without Mom was a nice little read on this windy cold snowyay 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 ex. 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.
Summary A Year Without Mom
(PDF) A Year Without Mom BY Dasha Tolstikova
A 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 The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters (Chapter 9 Provocateur) devoted to her girlhood crush are a few references to the 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 How I Became a Nun decided to put I say and she says tags beneath every word balloon That s just annoying as hell Hmm Well I LOVED the art 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 workWellesignedThe 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 that 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 nove. 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
L 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 The Undoing Project 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 First Flight (Dragon School damn 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 toorab Then it hit me Yes A Year Without Mom has a familiar plot adolescent girl 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 The Lone Man details and thoseetails 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 a twelve year old girl who has to eal with iff. 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.