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The Resource Blindspot, by Kevin C. Pyle

Blindspot, by Kevin C. Pyle

Label
Blindspot
Title
Blindspot
Statement of responsibility
by Kevin C. Pyle
Title variation
Blind spot
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Dean and his friends have turned the woods behind their housing development into an area of operations for their army fantasy and spend hours lost in episodes of intrigue and danger. A scary encounter with a homeless man in the woods one night, however, changes everything
Review
  • The forest outside Dean Tollridge's new home is filled with traps, ambush sites, and enemy outposts that are ideal for 11-year-old Dean to launch war campaigns with his friends. In school Dean ignores his teacher in favor of planning war strategies. Using expressive panels in the green and brown tones of camouflage, writer-artist Pyle looks at a boy's fascination with war and adventure--and, like many boys, his ignorance of danger and consequences. The mission that Dean and his friends undertake, which is highlighted by full-color panels depicting the soldiers the boys imagine themselves to be, eventually leads the kids to destroy an old shack in the woods. In an instant, the boisterous fun becomes serious, and adult life intrudes on a boy's world. This perfectly captures a shining moment of boyhood, even as it leaves readers with much to think about. Pyle's work has appeared in the Village Voice, the New York Times, and the New Yorker. -- Jesse Karp (Reviewed 03-15-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 14, p56)
  • Gr 6–9— About to move to a new home, Dean reminisces about his experiences playing soldiers in the woods behind his house with three neighborhood friends until an encounter with a homeless man changed everything. He recounts his initiations into the group, and the problems he had with authority at home and at school, occasionally representing situations in the style of classic four-color war comics. The story is organized in a series of formalized chapters, with grand headings and title pages that give the impression that it is more of an anthology comic than a series of connected vignettes. The color work is lovely throughout, especially the way it re-creates vintage war comics. The line work, however, is done in the rough, impressionistic manner characteristic of many independent and art comics, and may not appeal to readers looking for the clean, hyperrealistic depictions in more commercial comics. In particular, the main characters, while of an indeterminate age, are clearly supposed to be young, but don't immediately strike one as so—particularly the elongated faces of Dean and his friend John. More problematic is the central revelation of the main character, which, while doing a good job of tying together the various vignettes, doesn't successfully sell itself as the natural result of the circumstances. This could well be due to the jumbled agelessness of the characters, as one isn't quite convinced that Dean is old enough to really have an epiphany of this depth and eloquence.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH --Benjamin Russell (Reviewed July 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 7, p126)
  • /* Starred Review */ Pyle (Lab U.S.A. ) uses the graphic novel format to powerful effect as he explores a boy's coming of age. Dean Tollridge and his friends love "playing army," running missions through the woods behind their houses and combating imaginary Nazis. But reality invades the thoughtful boy's fantasy milieu (an accidental library discovery of what the Holocaust really looked like; a lengthy and harrowing encounter with a homeless vet) and suddenly playtime takes on an unwelcome gravity. Pyle uses color as a brilliant storytelling tool: blues and browns for the real world, camouflage greens and browns for make-believe war scenes, and vivid flashes of full color in moments of strong emotion. What is remarkable is how much of the story lives in the pictures that are not drawn, the words that are not said. From a book of relatively few pages and minimal dialogue emerges a very robust set of characters, right down to the conflicted parents whose concern for their child unfolds in minimalist conversations of doubt and best intentions. This is a very smart and humane graphic novel that, by the sheer force of its narrow focus, resonates with a broad emotional range. Ages 9-12. (May) --Staff (Reviewed April 9, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 15, p56)
  • "Is it possible to know something but not see what it is yet?" So writes Dean, the young narrator of this episodic graphic novel, as he records such slice-of-life episodes as playing "soldier" with a trio of new neighbors in a wooded patch near his home, losing a playground fight, meeting a mercurial homeless man and overhearing his parents worriedly discussing his bad attitude at school. Pyle designs his pages with a variety of large sequential and inset panels, using colors to signal both narrative divisions and general mood; the ordinary world is cast in a drab olive green, for instance, bursting into full, comics-style color for fantasized battles. In contrast to the simply drawn figures, which are sometimes hard to tell apart, the author tracks Dean's groping progress—out of childhood and into something that's not quite maturity but definitely headed that way—indirectly, with a subtlety that will engage more reflective readers. A coming-of-age tale of the more introspective sort. (Graphic fiction. 12-14) (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2007)
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165274
Cataloging source
DLC
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Pyle, Kevin C
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
comic strips
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 9
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True
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  • Boys
  • Boys
  • Coming of age
  • Cartoons and comics
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a graphic novel
Label
Blindspot, by Kevin C. Pyle
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
28 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780805079982
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2006041155
Other physical details
chiefly ill. (some col.), maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o63808341
  • (OCoLC)63808341
Label
Blindspot, by Kevin C. Pyle
Publication
Dimensions
28 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780805079982
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2006041155
Other physical details
chiefly ill. (some col.), maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o63808341
  • (OCoLC)63808341

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