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Go to Sleep (I Miss You): 04/02/20
Go to Sleep (I Miss You) by Lucy Knisley is the follow up to Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos (2019). While it's another memoir, this one is more of a single panel comic interspersed with some sketches. The change in the art is part of the message: being a mother of a baby is physically and mentally draining.
Being an artist and a mother as well, I'm frankly amazed she produced a book. I ended up essentially taking ten years off from my painting, doing only digital art, while my children were little.
Each page is a scene out of a day in the life of being a new parent. There are pages on what it's like to breast feed that are funny and relatable. There are scenes on what it's like carrying a baby in sling in different seasons. Sometimes it's awkward because of jackets. Sometimes it's unbearable because of the heat.
Although the artwork is simpler than her other recent books, her ability to capture key pieces of a person's character is there. The blunt humor is also still there.
Her next book is Stepping Stones a graphic novel that seems to draw inspiration from Relish (2013). It releases May 5, 2020.