When I Was a Kid: childhood stories by boey

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A charming collection of black and white drawings and handwritten narratives that depict short stories from Boey's childhood growing up in Malaysia. This graphic novel is filled with stories of surviving school, siblings, and parents from a time when the world was seen simply as black and white. "When I Was a Kid" is dedicated to the forgotten child in all of us. These are tales of imaginary heroes; lies that adults like to tell children; and of the dangerous mix of boredom with curiosity. Boey's stories appeal widely to anyone who might long for a more innocent time when, as little kids, we all had stories we promised never to tell our parents. For many years, TED Award recipient Boey has entertained a handful of readers with good taste through his daily blog (www.iamboey.com).

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Boey is a Malaysian animator, artist, author and TED Award recipient who is best known for his art on foam cups. But in an alternate universe, he is a doctor, a man of science, a father, a teacher, a lover, and much much more. He wrote this himself. Yes.

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Best known for his art on coffee cups, artist Boey collects a series of prose and cartoon recollections of his childhood in Malaysia, originally posted on his popular blog, Iamboey.com. Some of the tales are poignant and universal—Boey's memory of his father helping him build a matchstick plane reveals much more about their relationship than the light-hearted cartoons imply. Some are laugh-out-loud funny, while others give a clear picture of the tensions Boey felt living on the border between Malaysia and Singapore during his youth. And some reveal a kid who can be a real jerk. (On music class, Boey writes that sometimes he'd steal other kids' recorders, because it was easier than asking them to lend it to me. I just knew very early, that if you asked someone for help, you owe them a favor, and I didn't want to deal with that bullshit. ) Interspersed photographs help ground the stories in the real world, an objective counterpoint to Boey's amusing subjective memories. The cartoon-to-text ratio is low at times, but the illustration style creates a light tone and lends humor to some otherwise bleak childhood memories. (July)

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