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Gr 10 Up—Structured as a handwritten composition book, this title uses prose within a graphic context to serve as a forum to teach aspiring young authors. It's written as though a creatively minded person were keeping a messy journal filled with ideas, notes, and scribbles. This book presents an inside look into Writing the Unthinkable, the cartoonist's highly popular writing workshop. Neither a graphic or prose novel, it requires readers to jump around to different boxed areas of words, which resemble those in a textbook, but attempts to do so in a hip, visual, new way. The end result is discordant and sloppy and may confuse, rather than inspire, young authors. VERDICT Those unfamiliar with comics guru Barry's previous work may find the format and style of this title extremely jarring. Stick with her What It Is (Drawn & Quarterly, 2008).—Ryan P. Donovan, Southborough Public Library, MA
In recent years, Lynda Barry - half cartoonist, half guru, and entirely irrepressible - has created her own genre, handcrafting inspirational guidebooks about how and why to be creative… Scrawled out and doodled all over the page, collaged together with snippets of schoolwork, snatches of poetry, and drawings of weird-looking monsters, Barry's notes [in Syllabus] double as dispatches from a fertile unconscious, and testify once more to the unfathomable depths of human invention. (Globe & Mail)
Lynda Barry has spent the last few years blazing new trails in nonfiction cartooning with a series of books dedicated to illuminating the mysteries of the creative process . . . Once you pick [Syllabus] up, it's not easy to put it back down again. (AV Club Best Comics of 2014)
[Syllabus is] a must-read for Barry fans and deep thinkers. (London Free Press)
[In Syllabus, Lynda Barry] continues her investigation of what an image is. This book is charming and readable and serves as an excellent guide for those seeking to break out of whatever writing and drawing styles they have been stuck in, allowing them to reopen their brains to the possibility of new creativity. Readers can pore over the exceptionally gorgeous graphic mixture of collage, inking, and watercolor for hours. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
As a teacher, I find this book compelling and captivating. So many wonderful ideas on a page - like a medieval commonplace book, the power is in the juxtaposition of ideas. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Reader Kate
This book, like all of Lynda Barry's creative process books, is wonderful. I love her.Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Watson
Dense, cogent, and useful. Inspiring to teachers, as well as to students. If you like this kind of thing, you will LOVE this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rachel Rutherford
I thought the cover was just a quirky illustration. No. The cover is a literal representation of what is inside the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Char King
This book is original and wonderful. It's like a book of doodles to spark a fire in your creative mind. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris
I could not wait until this book arrived and dove right into it the day I found it in my mailbox! I have not stopped since and I have never enjoyed learning something new so much! Read morePublished 3 months ago by pat hagedorn
Great read and inspiration for creatives of all stripes--better and more "brain-stirring" than Bird by Bird, as well. Highly recommended!Published 3 months ago by Ivan F. Lerner
Outstanding material well organized. Lynda Barry has her act together.Published 3 months ago by David D. Klein