Thursday, June 17, 2010

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Dental drama! After a fall that knocked out her two front teeth when she was 11, Raina Telgemeier underwent six years of orthodontic work. She uses full-colour art to illustrate her story, which is set at school and in her home in San Francisco. Raina also negotiates coming of age amid a group of friends who are mean to her. I really liked the way she portrayed her growth in self-esteem. The tone remains positive throughout and girls from about age 8 or 9 up through to high school will appreciate this book. Check out Raina's website to see some of her other comics.

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