Let’s hear it for banned books
August 26, 2013 § 2 Comments
And here’s another fun side project that happened this summer! The above illustration is my entry into the Lawrence Public Library’s Banned Books Trading Cards Competition. This competition was great because it got me reading some new and different books in preparation. In the end, I decided to illustrate Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a young adult fiction book that has been banned for its content regarding race, alcohol, and violence and sex. I thought was was a great book with a strong voice and true telling of a teenager’s experiences. Here’s my statement I wrote to accompany my entry:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a high school freshman who lives on a Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to get a good education, he transfers to a high school off the reservation, where’s he is the only Native American – except the mascot. My illustration shows the tension between stereotypes and real people that make this book engaging and funny.
The LPL will choose seven illustrations to grace this year’s banned book trading cards. Fingers crossed mine is one of them!