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Kampung Boy

by Lat

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The black and white graphics of this book are engaging. Children of all ages would enjoy this book. It has a global message about modernization and industrialization. The book can be used to teach world geography, world religion, and cultures.
  charlottestudent | Jun 8, 2014 |
Loved this for the details of village life in Malaysia the 1950s--things you can't get elsewhere, you can get in this graphic novel. Pictures of how a kitchen is set up, or a hammock rigged up so that Lat can rock his baby sister--or, later, a picture of him pulling his little brother along on a palm leaf frond. His dad shows him a weaver bird nest and says that weaver birds put fireflies in them to light up the insides. I checked this out online, and it's a widespread belief--people say this in India, too--but I guess it's something ornithologist have never actually seen, not for real. But anyway, little stories like that, I love. I liked everything about this book. ( )
  FrancescaForrest | May 12, 2014 |
Loved this for the details of village life in Malaysia the 1950s--things you can't get elsewhere, you can get in this graphic novel. Pictures of how a kitchen is set up, or a hammock rigged up so that Lat can rock his baby sister--or, later, a picture of him pulling his little brother along on a palm leaf frond. His dad shows him a weaver bird nest and says that weaver birds put fireflies in them to light up the insides. I checked this out online, and it's a widespread belief--people say this in India, too--but I guess it's something ornithologist have never actually seen, not for real. But anyway, little stories like that, I love. I liked everything about this book. ( )
  FrancescaForrest | May 12, 2014 |
Mat is a young boy growing up in rural Malaysia. Kampung Boy is written in the first person. It begins with his birth and ends with his leaving his small village to go off to school in the nearest city. He of course does not remember his earliest years so he relies on those who were present to recall the details. There is a lot of attention given to the details of his everyday life. They live on a rubber plantation, so Mat witnesses people working in various capacities throughout his childhood. He spends a long time and many pages explaining his circumcision ceremony. He goes to a Muslim school to learn the Koran, and befriends two a pair of brothers who he plays with quite a bit. But when his father tells him that the plantation will be gifted to him at some point, he puts down his play and takes up studying. He hopes to get into a good school in the nearest city, Kampar. He studies hard and passes the exam and is seen off by the village as he rides the bus out of town.
  davetomscholten | Jan 28, 2014 |
An amusing autobiographical comic about a boy growing up in a small village (kampung) in Malaysia. ( )
  questbird | Jan 17, 2014 |
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'Sweet, funny, and brilliantly drawn, Kampung Boy is one of the all-time great cartoon books' - Matt Groening (The Simpsons)

Lat's Kampung Boy is a timeless favourite of millions of readers in Southeast Asia. With masterful economy worthy of Charles Schultz, Lat recounts the life of Mat, a Muslim boy growing up in rural Malaysia in the 1950s: his adventures and mischief-making, fishing trips, religious education, and work on his family's rubber plantation.
Meanwhile, the traditional way of life in his village (or kampung) is steadily disappearing, with tin mines and factory jobs increasingly overtaking the village's agricultural way of life. When Mat himself leaves for boarding school, he can only hope that his familiar kampung will still be there when he returns.

This delightful autobiographical graphic novel is hilarious and affectionate, with brilliant, super-expressive artwork that opens a window into ordinary Malay life.

Such is the affection for this book in his native Malaysia, Lat has been honoured as one of that country's national treasures, entitled to the honorary title, 'Datuk'.

Australian edition: http://www.wilkinsfarago.com.au
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Relates the life experiences, from birth to beginning boarding school, of a boy growing up on a rubber plantation in rural Malaysia.

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