GRAPHIC NOVELS

Go To Sleep (I Miss You): Cartoons from the Fog of New Parenthood

First Second. Mar. 2020. 192p. ISBN 9781250211491. $14.99. Rated: Teen+. COMICS
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Knisley writes what she knows: frank, funny comic memoirs about her relationship to food and cooking (Relish) or her travels abroad (Age of License), and more. Now she’s turned her pen to explore parenthood. This volume offers a peek into the sketchbook Knisley kept during the bleary first months of her child’s life—one page snippets detailing the highs and lows of parenting a baby, from sleepless nights and leaky diapers to the adorable coos and smiles in between. As the title suggests, Knisley’s black-and-white sketches capture the contradictory nature of parenthood: you wait for the baby to fall asleep, and then miss them when they do. While this isn’t the best book to start with for those uninitiated to the cartoonist’s work, fans and newcomers alike will enjoy seeing a less polished version of Knisley’s output.
VERDICT For a more narrative approach, consider Knisley’s earlier comic about her pregnancy and birth, Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos, which delves deeper and more satisfyingly into the topic than the sketchbook format allows. For a busy new (or veteran) parent, these bite-sized laughs are just what the pediatrician ordered.

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