Albert and the Others

by Guy Delisle

Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Format: Softcover, 6x9, partial color, $9.95

ISBN: 978-1-897299-27-2

Reviewed by: School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up
Echoing Delisle's female-centered Aline and the Others (Drawn & Quarterly, 2006), Albert examines the testosterone side of gender. With simple images in muted color, the author has created a compact, wordless story of a character for each letter of the alphabet. Usually absurd, sometimes perverse, and always interesting, these men are a delight to encounter. Take for example Jean-Luc, who is literally divided into two selves following a jealous-girl fight. Each girl then happily carries away, marries, and forms a life with her half of him. Years later, after each pint-size Jean-Luc has lost his respective love, the two meet and forge a drunken reunion in a seedy bar. It is amazing to see what Delisle is able to do in each of these limited-frame stories. This collection, though minimalist, presents some big ideas about culture and the nature of human behavior and relationships. It will be a sure hit for mature teen purveyors of black humor and the thoughtfully macabre. - Shannon Peterson, Kitsap Regional Library, WA