[PDF/EPUB] A Year Without Mom AUTHOR Dasha Tolstikova
Olute perfectionEvery word so carefully chosen is like having Dasha Tolstikova sit across from you telling her story holding 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 such an accessible story that carries such huge big 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 You could 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 genius thing about A Year Without Mom is that the trials 12 year old Dasha goes through are common and ones that we all can relate to Friendships crushes family trying to find our way and going 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 lives outside the box of whatever ind of The Vampire Next Door (Strange Neighbors, kids book box you want to try to put it in It s like a really long picture book for much much olderids it s also graphic novel length and age group 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 ids 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 charming it hurts Dasha you re a force Buy this book from Powell s A memoir about a twelve year old girl that feels as if it were written and drawn by a twelve year old girl Between the numerous pages 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 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 hel. 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. ,
35 stars I really liked the minimal use of colour and the charcoals greys and blacks forming the bulk of each page 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 artwork is too drab Then it hit me Yes A Year Without Mom has a familiar 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 by young Dasha Set the story in Russia and all 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 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 now 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 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 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 could have had something very interesting to tell Hey I was actually there in Moscow that same year for a 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 dramatically interesting The other thing that grabbed me was the art which I thought was amazing throughout Just gorgeous illustrations great use of space and judicious use of color When this artist who moved from Moscow to Brooklyn gets a better story to tell she is going to be amazingHere s an article about her and her art with a slide show you can look at pretty uickly to get a chance of her rich and breezy aesthetichttpswwwnytimescom20151027t A sweet coming of age story that takes place in Russia Dasha is a twelve year old girl 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 graphic novel with great descriptive illust. 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 ,
Read & download Ã PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ß Dasha TolstikovaRations VERY nice art workWell designedThe storymemoir is dull the extremeThe
activities of and crises faced by girl are so mundane andof and crises faced by this girl are so mundane and 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 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 is 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 graphic 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 girl 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 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 this graphic novel were beautiful though I love the color palette all black white and grey with accents of red Tolstikova has a very distinct style that really fit the feel of this 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 get them into graphic novels or memoirs then this was done very well I just don t fully Scandal! 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 A Year Without Mom is abs. 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.