It’s always fun when librarians pick a winner early–and that’s the case with David Small’s graphic memoir of his unhappy childhood, Stitches, which has been getting some major media hits lately. It was a “Shout ‘n’ Share” pick at Book Expo, which many saw as a “gateway book” that could help bring graphic novels into the mainstream. And by the end of the show, it was the book everyone was talking about. (EarlyWord also had a stake in helping it along, and we also gave away some galleys last summer.) Libraries we checked had between 1 and 40 copies on hand, and one library we checked had 64 reserves.
The New York Times recently interviewed David Small, a Caldecott-winning children’s book illustrator whose radiologist father experimented on him and gave him a cancer that had to be surgically removed, along with a vocal cord, leaving Small with 29 stitches from ear to collarbone, and without his voice. Meanwhile, his mother, who was unhappy in her marriage, exchanged “ecstatic backrubs” on the couch with her lesbian lover in Small’s presence.
The Los Angeles Times reviews the book favorably, saying
“How David fights for his freedom and finds his voice, both literally and artistically, makes “Stitches” an engrossing story. But it is Small’s talent and empathetic treatment of a child’s perspective that elevate “Stitches” to great art.”
NPR also wrote about the book on their website, as a “Book We Like.”
And USA Today made it one of their fall picks, as we mentioned earlier.
The publisher has also created five short films, featuring scenes from the books. If you feature book videos on your web site, you can embed these videos. Below are two from the early part of the book: