The Good Son by Pierre-Jacques Ober

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

This cinematic book brilliantly tells the story of one French solider from the First World War using staged miniatures. The dramatic photography makes the stationary figures seem so dynamic, bringing all scenes–whether city or country, melancholy or violent–to life. Ober’s writing is spare but strong, pairing expertly with the scenes to convey a powerful message.

I was amazed to read in the afterward that Ober painted only preexisting models and miniatures. As he tells it, “the story was drawn from them instead of them being used to suit the purpose of a pre-written story.”

And what a story they told!

Located in Teen Graphic Novels (TEEN GRAPHIC OBER)

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