Lint Boy by Aileen Leijten

Hardcover, 128 pages
Expected publication: June 27th 2017 by Clarion Books
Source: Raincoast Books

Lint Boy was one of the stranger graphic novels I have read but once I got over the fact that the protagonist of the piece is made from lint, the story was super interesting, in an old-school way where the villain is clearly delineated and there is a definite line between good and bad.

The graphic novel is about a lint boy and his brother who live in the washing machine but are separated by the pernicious fate and his brother’s curiousity about the outside world. The lint boy is convinced that something harmful has happened to his brother so ventures forth from the (relative) safety of the washing machine to find his sibling.

There he finds the Villain of the piece who has a back story–she started off as an evil girl and is now an evil grandmother kinda figure though I’m not sure if she was ever married. Well, she lives alone apart from a needy dog who does a lot to for attention only to be ignored Anyway, she has issues where dolls are concerned because she’s convinced they are alive and if she tortures them enough, they will reveal themselves to her.

I said she has issues.

But not as many because dolls are alive. In this story anyway. Anyway, things happen, good triumphs over evil and most of the dolls have a happy ending

It was a cute story if a little bizarre. The art is sort of gothic and I liked it. I can see kids liking this book, bloodthirsty creatures that they are.

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