Alte Zachen / Old Things
by Ziggy Hanaor, Benjamin Phillips (Illustrator)
Benji and his grandmother go on a grocery shopping trip around the city, but many of the old stores that Bubbe used to know are closed or moved, and she gets confused. She remembers the old days when she was young. She has trouble adjusting to the modern world, lost in her memories of the old ways.
This graphic novel is definitely interesting. Benji’s Bubbe is not always polite or reasonable, but her memories are what shape her thinking. You can see her reasons for her behavior are rooted in her past. It’s an interesting look into what shapes people’s personalities and beliefs. The book ends on a hopeful note as Bubbe reconnects with an old friend and they reminisce together.
I loved the art style! It’s kind of fuzzy and atmospheric. The present is all in shades of grey with Bubbe’s memories in dusty colors, as though her memories are more real to her than what is actually happening in the present moment.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.