Kampung Boy by Lat

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Kampung Boy is a favorite 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 study, 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 gradually replacing family farms and rubber small-holders. When Mat himself leaves for boarding school, he can only hope that his familiar kampung will still be there when he returns. Kampung Boy is hilarious and affectionate, with brilliant, super-expressive artwork that opens a window into a world that has now nearly vanished.
 

About Lat

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One of the most beloved cartoonists in Southeast Asia, Lat published his first work when he was just thirteen years old.  He has received numerous awards, including, in 1994, the prestigious Malaysian honorific title Datuk.  Most recently he was honored by the Malaysian Press Institute with their Special Jury Award, given to "those who have contributed significantly to journalism and society and have become an institution in their own right.
 
Published September 5, 2006 by First Second. 144 pages
Genres: History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a charming story of a young boy’s life, Lat recounts his childhood living in a small village (or kampung) in Malaysia.

Aug 15 2006 | Read Full Review of Kampung Boy

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more Harry Styles takes his pick from up to 12 girls a night One Direction star Harry Styles reportedly invites up to a 12 girls to his hotel each night, and band mate Niall Horan admitted he is 'unbeatable' on tour.

Nov 21 2006 | Read Full Review of Kampung Boy

Monsters and Critics

more Harry Styles takes his pick from up to 12 girls a night One Direction star Harry Styles reportedly invites up to a 12 girls to his hotel each night, and band mate Niall Horan admitted he is 'unbeatable' on tour.

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Our story is set in the 1950s and that is an interesting choice since the narrative almost reminded me of a certain television show from the 1950s.

Nov 21 2006 | Read Full Review of Kampung Boy

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Based upon the suggestion of another blog community participant named littlebutfierce, I went and read Kampung Boy the Malaysian anglophone cartoonist and writer known more familiarly as Lat.

Mar 26 2011 | Read Full Review of Kampung Boy

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