Honolulu Star-Advertiser loves Marble Season

“5 Things We Love” / The Honolulu Star-Advertiser / Star-Advertiser staff / July 22, 2013

Graphic Novel is an ode to childhood

Gilbert Hernandez's all-ages graphic novel "Marble Season" (Drawn & Quarterly, $21.95) is a semiautobiographical story of growing up in a multi-ethnic, working-class Southern California neighborhood in the 1960s. The characters include Huey, an imaginative, comic-book-loving boy, his younger brother Chavo, and a mysterious girl who's always listening to Motown and "Beatos" songs on her transistor radio. The last few pages, which focus on Huey's friendship with Betty, a girl from the 'hood, are magical in their simple directness. Throughout his successful career, Hernandez has demonstrated an affinity for small-kid times,and "Marble Season" is told in a vivid but measured style that invites readers to linger on those small moments that make childhood so special.

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