Kampung Boy, Volume 1

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Macmillan, Sep 5, 2006 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 141 pages
2 Reviews

Kampung Boy is a favorite of millions of readers in Southeast Asia. With masterful economy worthy of Charles Schultz, Lat recounts the life of Mat, a Muslim boy growing up in rural Malaysia in the 1950s: his adventures and mischief-making, fishing trips, religious study, and work on his family's rubber plantation. Meanwhile, the traditional way of life in his village (or kampung) is steadily disappearing, with tin mines and factory jobs gradually replacing family farms and rubber small-holders. When Mat himself leaves for boarding school, he can only hope that his familiar kampung will still be there when he returns. Kampung Boy is hilarious and affectionate, with brilliant, super-expressive artwork that opens a window into a world that has now nearly vanished.

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Funny insight into old Malaysian village kampung

User Review  - museummoney - Overstock.com

Good for anyone wanting a nostalgic look or just curious about old Malaysian rural life. Read full review

Review: Kampung Boy (Kampung Boy #1)

User Review  - Maré Odomo - Goodreads

I don't know why I liked this so much. It wasn't incredibly moving or thought-provoking (SPOILER: I did get a little choked up when he was leaving his village though). It was silly and fun and simple ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

One of the most beloved cartoonists in Southeast Asia, Lat published his first work when he was just thirteen years old. He has received numerous awards, including, in 1994, the prestigious Malaysian honorific title Datuk. Most recently he was honored by the Malaysian Press Institute with their Special Jury Award, given to "those who have contributed significantly to journalism and society and have become an institution in their own right."