Baby’s in Black by Arne Bellstorf

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

Falling in love can change your entire life’s path. In the graphic novel Baby’s in Black by Arne Bellstorf, falling in love changes one of the most beloved bands forever. The graphic novel centers on the love story between Astrid Kirchherr and Stuart Sutcliffe, one of the original members of The Beatles. Before the Beatles were famous, they were singing in bars in Germany, where Astrid and Stuart meet. Astrid is a photographer who takes photos of the group, and Stuart is the bassist for the band. But after they connect, through their love of art, Stuart decides to leave the band to become an artist. This beautiful graphic novel shares the true love story of Astrid and Stuart.

Using short statements and lyrics from songs, Bellstorf creates a graphic novel that slowly builds the love story. The artwork sets the mood for the time period by showcasing the cool vibe of the early 60s, using black clothing and cigarette smoking. Arne Bellstorf gets to the heart of the story, love, when he gets rid of the black lines surrounding the panels and shows enchanting scenes in a forest, highlighted with romantic song lyrics. The reader falls in love with the story of Astrid and Stuart. This romantic, beautiful graphic novel is the perfect mix of history, sadness, artistry, and of course, love.

Located in Teen Graphic Novel (TEEN GRAPHIC BELLSTORF)

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