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Discussion: Eulalie and the Hopping Head by David Small

Cover of "Eulalie and the Hopping Head"

Cover of Eulalie and the Hopping Head

By Mandy Webster

Eulalie and the Hopping Head. David Small. Macmillan, 2001.

I stumbled upon a description of David Small’s children’s book, Eulalie and the Hopping Head while researching the author for a book discussion on his graphic novel, Stitches. The description caught my attention, so I decided to check this one out from the library to read to my four year old.

My son loved Eulalie, and now, even several days after returning the book, he still talks about her.

On first reading, Avery was scared of Mrs. Shinn, the high-class fox who claims that all nine of her children are absolutely perfect. Personally, I still wonder about Mrs. Shinn, who apparently had seen the poor perfect child, owner of the hopping head, abandoned in the park several days prior and thought nothing of leaving the child there to fend for herself! Read more…

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Book Review: “Stitches” by David Small

Cover of "Stitches: A Memoir"

Cover of Stitches: A Memoir

By Mandy Webster

Stitches: A Memoir. David Small. W.W. Norton & Company, 2009, 2010.

In this graphic novel, Stitches: A Memoir, David Small tells the story of his dysfunctional formative years when art first became his escape from real life.

“I was six.”

“Detroit”

This simple beginning, coupled with Small’s stark black and white illustrations of his own childhood neighborhood quickly sets the reader in time and place. Small’s images expertly describe the dysfunction of a family headed by a detached doctor with a God complex and an angry closet lesbian.

As a child, the main character, David is a sickly boy whose father treats his asthma and constant (yet minor) sinus issues with large doses of radiation. As David grows up, he develops a growth on his neck which his parents seem to ignore for years before finally having it thoroughly checked out. Read more…