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Making Scents Hardcover – June 27, 2017
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"Set against a bygone backdrop completely lacking in any nods to contemporary technology, Lamb and Paroline's catchy three-color illustrations establish the retro-styled ambiance." ―Kirkus
"Children who have experienced loss will relate to this warm and slightly fantastical tale. A solid choice for most graphic novel collections." ―School Library Journal
"Yorinks pulls off a tricky feat; he creates a set of characters who are difficult to like, then makes readers care about them." ―Publishers Weekly
"Gorgeous, melancholy graphic novel." ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About the Author
Arthur Yorinks is the author of more than thirty-five acclaimed and award-winning books. He has teamed up with many famed illustrators including Maurice Sendak, William Steig, and Mort Drucker. His book Mommy? was a New York Times bestseller.
Braden Lamb grew up in Seattle, studied film in upstate New York, learned about Vikings in Iceland and Norway, and began an art career in Massachusetts. Now he draws and colors comics, including Adventure Time, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Shelli Paroline escaped early on into the world of comics, cartoons, and science fiction. She has returned to the Boston area, where she is an illustrator and co-director of the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo. Shelli has contributed to Adventure Time comics.
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That happens after an accident, with Mickey taken by his aunt and uncle to their home. They’re older, and they never particularly wanted children, and the shopkeeper uncle thinks all kids are crooks, and the dogs are gone. Mickey has quite the struggle to find points of similarity and things they can bond over.
The art by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline (The Midas Flesh, Adventure Time) is cartoony enough to balance the people and the dogs. The weirder aspects (who left Mickey behind?) are normalized through the happy, open lines and characters. Because this is a comic, Mickey behaving as a dog isn’t as ridiculous as it could have seemed.
The color fascinated me, mid-century shades of pale turquoise and peachy-pink and mustard yellow and a pistachio green. The panels are monochrome, each with only one accent color, changing throughout the book. The shades chosen made the story feel both old-fashioned and timeless.
Ultimately, Mickey’s two families make a case for accepting people with all their unique quirks, skills, and yes, wrong attitudes. Everyone in the book is a distinct character, most the kind of person you wouldn’t see in real life, spurring imagination. The book also has some character sketches and a section on “making a comic page”. (The publisher provided a digital review copy. Review originally posted at ComicsWorthReading.com.)