Missouri Boy

Leland Myrick, illustrated by the author

color by Hilary Sycamore

First Second, September 2006

Grade Range: 9 and up, Age Range: 14 and up

ISBN: 978-1-59643-110-2, ISBN10: 1-59643-110-5,

6 x 8 1/2 inches, 112 pages


Booklist Top Ten Graphic Novel for Youth

NYPL Books for the Teen Age

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Myrick's art, from the rich colors to the panel layouts, works on a gut level. It seems so simple, yet it speaks independently of the words, providing a subtext and an emotional nuance that create a sense of the wistful hope of childhood. A fine example of the graphic novel.

—Starred Review in 9/15/06 Booklist

Hilary Sycamore’s coloring in the book is, frankly, sublime – an example of why I love flat palettes so very much, with a tonal scheme that provides the perfect subtle counterpart to Myrick’s accomplished work.

...The script is never overdone or underwritten -- it, like Sycamore’s coloring, provides another layer to the visual storytelling that serves as the centerpiece for this outstanding graphic novel.


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