Lat. Town boy.

Author:Galuschak, George
Position:Town Boy - Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

LAT. Town boy. First Second Books. 192p. illus. c2007. 978-1596433311. $16.95. JS

This sequel to Kampung Boy (reviewed in KLIATT in November 2006) continues the story of Mat, a young man growing up in Malaysia in the 1960s. This graphic novel details Mat's school years and adolescence. We meet Mat's closest childhood friend, Frankie, a Chinese boy who shares his love of music. Frankie has a big record collection, so Mat often goes to his house to dance and play air guitar (with a mop) to groups such as Bill Haley and the Comets. Mat also chills with his classmates--they go to the cinema, hang out at the bus station and participate in various afterschool activities, including rugby, the school cadet band (Mat plays flute) and the Butterfly Catching society. We also tag along on Mat's first date--he and Normah go to the cinema for a viewing of Tarzan and His Mate. Town Boy ends when Frankie leaves for England.

Lat's art is full of energy--his style reminds me of...

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