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Starred Review. Grade 4 UpÃ¢ÂÂKampung Boy is a pleasure to read. It follows the early life of a Muslim boy growing up in a tiny town in Malaysia during the 1950s. Incidents are well chosen and illuminating, including the rituals surrounding birth, the solidity and pride of family, the joy of skinny-dipping, and the fanfare of a traditional circumcision ceremony. All are handled tastefully and with nostalgic reverence. Illustrations are simple, yet emotionally expressive and charming. As engaging as any travelogue, the book uses universal themes to connect readers to a time and place that may very well no longer exist, but sincere reflection and honest details will draw them into this other world and win their hearts. American audiences are lucky to finally receive this international classic.Ã¢ÂÂDawn Rutherford, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA
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Lat is one of the most-read and prolific cartoonists in Southeast Asia and his is gradually gaining international fame as his comics are translated and published all over the world. His word was first published when he was just thirteen years old. Considered by many to be the Charles Schulz of Malaysia, his characters are widely recognised and decorate one of the planes in the AirAsia fleet. He was awarded the prestigious Malaysian honorific Dato' (roughly equivalent to a knighthood in Britain) in 1994
"Kampung Boy has a lot of heart and the characters are wonderful. I've been a fan of Lat's comic book series for 15 years." - Matt Groening (The Simpsons)"