Drawing from Memory by Allen Say

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Caldecott Medalist Allen Say presents a stunning graphic novel chronicling his journey as an artist during WWII, when he apprenticed under Noro Shinpei, Japan’s premier cartoonist

DRAWING FROM MEMORY is Allen Say's own story of his path to becoming the renowned artist he is today. Shunned by his father, who didn't understand his son's artistic leanings, Allen was embraced by Noro Shinpei, Japan's leading cartoonist and the man he came to love as his "spiritual father." As WWII raged, Allen was further inspired to consider questions of his own heritage and the motivations of those around him. He worked hard in rigorous drawing classes, studied, trained--and ultimately came to understand who he really is.

Part memoir, part graphic novel, part narrative history, DRAWING FROM MEMORY presents a complex look at the real-life relationship between a mentor and his student. With watercolor paintings, original cartoons, vintage photographs, and maps, Allen Say has created a book that will inspire the artist in all of us.

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ISBN : 0545176867
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 72 pages


Richard rated it ★★★★★

February 24, 2018

Rating: 5* of five Allen Say's world doesn't exist anymore. This is the roughest part of getting truly old. The kind of universe where a twelve-year-old boy could be thought capable of living on his own is long gone. The kind of world where the famous cartoonist could be reached by the simple expe...

Lisa rated it ★★★★★

May 08, 2017

I’ve read two of this author-illustrator’s books and have a fourth at home to read, and I really enjoyed the two books I read/viewed, so I was eager to read this book, an autobiography. I can’t imagine that I’ll like any other of his books better than I liked this one. This book is marvelous, resp...

Michele rated it ★★★★☆

November 20, 2011

This unassuming-in-appearance book left a really good impression on me. It is something of an autobiographical collage; photographs, drawing and sketches from both the author-artist as well as the work of his mentor are combined with straightforward and still somehow haunting text. Say tells the...

Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it ★★★★★

March 09, 2018

Allen Say (who knew his real name is Sei?) writes here of his boyhood in Japan, from his birth in 1937, through World War II, his parents' divorce, and going to school to study while living in a rented studio apartment of his own. (I have to say I envy him having his own place at the age of 12! W...

Liz rated it ★★★★★

April 24, 2012

Why have I waited so long to read this book. I've had it in my "pile" for quite some time and there are several Allen Say books that I have enjoyed over the years (including the Caldecott award winner GRANDFATHER's JOURNEY). I guess I just thought it would be more of a typical narrative autobiogr...

Moe rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 18, 2015

Although this is a book filled of memories (and well put together), I did have a hard time feeling passionate for the lads life. The thing is is that, I don't know anything about Japanese cartoonists. It was an interesting tale, but the author's intentions to try to inspire future cartoonists did...

David rated it ★★★★☆

February 17, 2015

Lovely memoir of a guy who became a comic book artist as a kid, got lucky enough to work (as a teenager!) with with one of the greatest comic book artists of all time in Japan, and the memoir becomes a tribute to the Master... Say becomes a Caldecott Medal winning illustrator for Grandfather's Jo...

LauraW rated it ★★★★☆

March 05, 2013

When I first saw books by Allen Say, I was subbing in a 3rd grade class where they were just beginning author studies. There were books by Tomie de Paola, Jan Brett, and several other authors, either with their own illustrations or illustrated by different artists. I took a look at the Say books...

Barbara rated it ★★★★★

February 21, 2016

Filled with the author's own photographs, drawings, and cartoons as well as comic strip panels from his mentor, Noro Shinpei, this memoir of Say's early years in Japan is required for anyone who loves his work and wants to understand it on a deep level. I certainly hope that Say plans to continue...

Wendy rated it ★★★★★

October 25, 2011

Loved, loved, loved this book about learning to be an artist and--well, and all the other things this book is about, like divided families and education and passions and being a boy in Japan during and after WWII. I loved it so much that it was a big wrench when I made myself stop reading for a m...

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