professornana (professornana) wrote,
professornana
professornana

  • Mood:

yes, more books



I meant to read AMERICAN BORN CHINESE when it was a finalist for the National Book Award, really I did. But I was finishing up the QP books at the time and this one just never made it to the top of the pile. So, I packed it today for the flight to Dallas and ended up finishing it in the airport before I boarded the plane (never fear, I have three more books to read still). I have read some of the comments about the BBYA discussion and others who question this book as the Printz. I will not be one of those, however. This book is masterful. Set aside the graphic novel form/format/genre and you still have a masterful weaving of three tales that intersect perfectly. History, mythology, culture and so much more are made accessible by this novel. I am so anxious to take this into a classroom and see how kids react.

The first of three stories tells of the Monkey King whose head gets swollen with his own talent, so much so that he thinks himself greater than his creator. Jin Wang wants simply to fit into his new school in teh second story introduced to readers. However, he is made fun of despite the fact that he is an American born Chinese. Finally, a third story features the worst stereotype of all, Chin-Kee, who embarrasses his cousin Danny. How will these three stories come together? Easily with the skills of the author.

If you have not yet had the pleasure of this graphic novel and now Printz Medalist, set aside 30 minutes to read it through once and then some time just to go back and see the nuances of the illustrations.
Subscribe

  • random thoughts

    Today is the beginning of the fall semester for me (it actually begins officially next week). I am 400 miles from home, in the Rio Grande Valley of…

  • some observations

    I completed my self-quarantine today, 2 weeks after flying home from a visit with the great-granddaughter. As far as I know, I remain uninfected by…

  • Self-Quarantine marches forward

    I am now in the 11th day of self-quarantine. I suspect that there are many more days ahead as BH and I try our best NOT to become a statistic. While…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments