Collecting Sticks by Joe Decie

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There is something joyful in the way he never fails to find the absurd in the everyday. Nevertheless, you can’t help but notice that Decie, who draws in sketchy shades of grey, renders Steph the most solid figure in his story...
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Collecting Sticks is a graphic novel about a family glamping trip. (It's like camping, but much more expensive.) Loosely based on actual events, but sometimes veering unexpectedly into fantasy, the story plays with the challenges nature presents to city folk as they forage for berries, get stuck up a tree, make perilous encounters with stinging wildlife, compete to build the best fire and discover the importance of finding good sticks. Also, it rains. It's about the human desire to get back to nature. Or to return to childhood and hit things with sticks.

Funny, moving, beautifully drawn, Collecting Sticks can stand beside Joff Winterhart’s classic graphic novel of family life, Days of the Bagnold Summer.

 

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Published August 22, 2017 by Jonathan Cape. 160 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels.
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Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on Mar 28 2017

There is something joyful in the way he never fails to find the absurd in the everyday. Nevertheless, you can’t help but notice that Decie, who draws in sketchy shades of grey, renders Steph the most solid figure in his story...

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