Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Just Plain Strange: Summer Goes Slowly (Greg Vondruska, 2006)

What better way to celebrate the last days of summer by talking about one of my favorite summer memoirs. Created by artist Greg Vondruska (with publishing help by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County), Summer Goes Slowly is a collection of comic-strips based off of Vondruska's childhood. We see Greg's first kiss, watch Doctor Who with his friends, take a bad fall off his bike, get teased at school and much more. It's a childhood almost anyone can relate to, especially if you grew up anywhere between 1978-88.

Reading Summer Goes Slowly will really take you back, and it's surprising how often another kid's childhood can mirror your own. Watching Greg awkwardly ask girls out, get hit with his retainer on, or just enjoy a piece of pizza felt entirely similar to my own youthful memories...which made the book an even more enjoyable read.

At 48 pages, Summer Goes Slowly will fly by and you'll be done with it in ten minutes...but it will be a book you'll want to come back to, if only to channel the memories of your own childhood. Check out more of Vondruska's work at


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