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Page by Paige Hardcover – May 1, 2011
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About the Author
Laura Lee Gulledge, like Paige, grew up in Virginia and moved to New York. She has worked in art therapy, window decoration, body painting, and event production, among other pursuits. Visit her online at whoislauralee.blogspot.com, where she regularly posts new and in-progress art.
Top Customer Reviews
Why the disclosure? Because I simply loved this book. It is elegant in it's drawings and design, just bursting with creativity in both the presentation of the story and it's characters. I am honestly blown away with how much I enjoyed the artwork in the book, spending a lot of time staring at the same page, picking out all the little details.
Just simply a clever and sweet book, looking forward to reading more from the author in the future. Plus the price is a steal for how much work is poured into this tale.
What's really nice is the way Gulledge has Paige mix visual metaphors into her storytelling. For example, when Paige says, "I've been giving myself a lot of pep talks in my head lately," we see in the next drawing that the sign over the steps leading to the high school entrance has "BE AN EXTROVERT" over the doors instead of the school's name. On the next page, as Paige goes up the hall, she sees a hand-lettered sign on the wall by the office reading, "Psst, Paige, You Belong Here." Below, as Paige says, "I tell myself that everyone else feels alone, too," we find a large drawing of a lake with dozens of teens paddling around in very small boats, each isolated though surrounded by others. These images ebb and flow nicely as Paige goes about finding her way in a new place.
The detailed depiction of Paige's worries and self-analysis might strike more confident readers as self-absorption, but I'm guessing many readers will relate to her self-consciousness. Paige's conflicts with her well-meaning but intrusive parents are another plot thread that will feel familiar to a lot of young readers. This relationship is not unrealistically one-note, though: At one point Paige shares a joke and a hug with her dad, and her parents are fairly sympathetic characters as they try to understand how their daughter is doing.Read more ›
As I read this graphic novel, I was particularly taken with how the illustrations perfectly match the text. Some of the images were just so expressive and vivid which truly moved the text to a new level for me. I immediately wanted to find people around me to share the images. I encourage you to check out the book trailers below just to get a taste of the artwork from the book.
I can't wait to start giving this out as gifts or sharing it with teens that I know. Page by Paige is a wonderful debut by Gulledge and I certainly look forward to future work from her.
The pictures are all in gray-scale inside the book, which surprised me, but my daughter doesn't mind at all.
But first, consider that I'm now older than the intended audience. I was making comics of my own for the young adult sector a little before this was published. I can look back on those comics now and see weaknesses in my character development. I think this young author has some weaknesses of her own, but that she was able to tell a coherent story at all, is still a feat.
Also, I don't care for introverted stories. A lot of this book reads like the supposed diary it's based on: very introverted, very self-absorbed. But if you're like the author or going through a similar situation in life, it's going to resonate with you.
While much of the art is clever and the layouts are strong, I feel it's sometimes hard to separate her "journal bits" from her reality style. I feel like this would have been served better from a black and white + color printing. Even on the cover, there are two Paiges, but it's hard to tell the difference between them until you look closely.
Some things go unexplained. Why is Paige upset with her mother? Do we need to know? Is it private because this is based on real life? Or are we supposed to project our own anger at our own mothers onto her? What's her friend's big secret she can't share with us?
She and her friends do many fun experiments, but I don't recall my friends ever having been quite so thoughtful, mature, or clever.
It almost reads like the fantasy teen life I wish I'd had: exciting new city, cool friends who help you grow, love interest, art projects.
And that might be why this is the perfect book for a young person in search of some introspective escapism!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think this book is kind of dramatic and is kind of interesting how the girl draws how she feels and makes nice friends. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Soh Chan Mi
Purchased for my 9 year old niece, wonderful drawings and great story!Published 4 months ago by generic username
Such great illustrations! My10-year old daughter read this in one sitting but goes back to it. She loves to draw, so it is inspiring and interesting. I recommend it!Published 6 months ago by lisabu
So creative and insightful. Beautiful and unique and truly expressive drawings.Published 6 months ago by Mom with Ph.D.
Not for middle schoolers. Sexual innuendo or outright matiure comments abound. For example within "Rule #4" (chapter 4, about page 10 -- the pages are notnumbered) the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Angie B.
Great illustrations and writing, but one phrase can make it inappropriate for a school library. WHY?!Published 11 months ago by Miss Lou
I really like this book. It was very inspiring. I recommend this book to all readers. Even if you are not an aspiring artist. :)Published 11 months ago by Pierre Ngom
I love this book! It kept me interested the whole time. Wish there was another one!Published 12 months ago by Amber D. Rubenfeld
I have a new favourite graphic artist! A fun and refreshingly honest graphic novel. Although aimed more for the YA audience, I certainly enjoyed it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by ermfu