Author: Jenny Allen
Illustrator: Jules Feiffer
Moving into a new apartment, Caroline decides to turn an entire wall into a gigantic chalkboard–the perfect place for her children’s creativity to blossom. Of course, things never go quite as planned, and over time, the giant chalkboard passed through numerous hands and purposes. Still, it brought her happiness.
The Long Chalkboard is a set of three illustrated stories. It’s slated as a graphic novel, but I would say it’s more like a picture book for adults. I love the chunky landscape layout, and the illustrations are warm, expressive, and humorous. (Actually Jules Feiffer’s work is what initially drew me to this book; I’m a longstanding fan from the time I first read The Phantom Tollbooth.) The stories themselves are funny, ironic, and approachable–just what you’d expect from the joint work of a journalist/comedian and a comic writer/illustrator. Although it’s really written more for my parents’ generation, I found The Long Chalkboard to be an enjoyable set of short stories.