I found two graphic novels by Gene Luen Yang at my local library and thoroughly enjoyed them both. They were:
- American Born Chinese, 2006 First Second, New York, NY
- The Eternal Smile by Yang and Derek Kirk Kim, 2009 First Second, New York, NY
American Born Chinese is really two stories intertwined in a coming of age tale. The first is that of adolescent Jin Wang growing up in America and, the second, the cultural story of Monkey King and Wong Lai-Tsao. As the title indicates, there is a meeting of America and China in these pages.
The Eternal Smile is three stories assembled together:
- Duncan’s Kingdom is about Duncan and his struggle to extricate himself from fantasy.
- Elias McFadden’s Gran’Pa Greenbax and The Eternal Smile is an intriguing moral and ecological tale. It reminded me of Scrooge McDuck stories. It was sad what happened to poor Filbert and the twins Polly and Molly were interesting characters.
- Urgent Request is quite a different tale involving Nigerian Prince Henry and the resilient Janet. I just wish I could have seen something bad happen to Mr. Hoffman.
Both books are quick reads and recommended, especially the first!