French Milkby Lucy Knisley
Touchstone Books, New York, 2007
A delightful graphic travelogue/memoir containing cartoons, sketches and photographs. It describes Lucy Knisley and her Mom’s month-long visit to Paris in January of 2007.
As you might expect lots of pages are taken up with restaurants and food but there are also lovely street scenes, images from museums, memories of shopping and times when Knisley questions everything she is doing and worried about her future.
Knisley draws with grace and clarity, in simple pen and ink. You can see the influences she most favors, The Adventures of Tin Tin by Herge, American cartoons and old style advertising. The drawings blend well with the photos and it is fun to see Knisley and her Mom juxtaposed with sketches of shops and plates of oysters! I loved this little gem and recommend for people new to the graphic genre.