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Publisher's Note:

Through delightful drawings, photographs, and musings, twenty-three-year-old Lucy Knisley documents a six-week trip she and her mother took to Paris when each was facing a milestone birthday. With a quirky flat in the fifth arrondissement as their home base, they set out to explore all the city has to offer, watching fireworks over the Eiffel Tower on New Year's Eve, visiting Oscar Wilde's grave, loafing at cafés, and, of course, drinking delicious French milk. What results is not only a sweet and savory journey through the City of Light but a moving, personal look at a mother-daughter relationship.…

French Milk

by Lucy Knisley

Overall Book Review:

Drinking rich and creamy milk, seeing the sights, licking your lips after a scrumptious pastry…who wouldn’t want to go to Paris? Lucy Knisley takes readers on her journey with her mother to Paris, France where they stayed in a little apartment for six weeks. Lucy shares pictures taken while she was in France, as well as hand-drawn pictures; both of these help illustrate this graphic novel in an educating and unique way.

Although this story might not be as interesting without the pictures, French Milk is made complete by the Lucy’s drawings of her surroundings while she was vacationing in Paris. The story that goes along with them is just an added bonus. Lucy and her mother both have a love of food and cooking, so much of this story revolves around making and consuming food, but there are other tidbits of this story that don’t have anything to do with food, but are delicious just the same.

This book is a wonderful depiction of the relationship between mother and daughter, and how even though children grow up and move away from home, they can still take time out of their lives to go on an overseas trip with a parent and have a wonderful time free of work, typical stress, and the distraction of other relationships.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 2 religious exclamations; 3 mild obscenities; 1 religious profanity; 1 scatological word; 2 F-Word derivatives

Violence/Gore: A pet dies; mythological tales are mentioned, involving cutting off heads and gouging out eyes.

Sex/Nudity:  Adults are shown to be kissing in a picture; a woman thinks about the “Really good sex” she has with her boyfriend; a condom wrapper is shown in a picture; a “cute lesbian couple” is referred to; art depicting nudity is shown in hand drawn pictures; a woman thinks about sex with her boyfriend.

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Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults drink wine.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.