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by Lat

illustrated by Lat


School Library Journal:

/* Starred Review */ Gr 4 Up–Kampung Boy is a pleasure to read. It follows the early life of a Muslim boy growing up in a tiny town in Malaysia during the 1950s. Incidents are well chosen and illuminating, including the rituals surrounding birth, the solidity and pride of family, the joy of skinny-dipping, and the fanfare of a traditional circumcision ceremony. All are handled tastefully and with nostalgic reverence. Illustrations are simple, yet emotionally expressive and charming. As engaging as any travelogue, the book uses universal themes to connect readers to a time and place that may very well no longer exist, but sincere reflection and honest details will draw them into this other world and win their hearts. American audiences are lucky to finally receive this international classic.–Dawn Rutherford, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA –Dawn Rutherford (Reviewed November 1, 2006) (School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 11, p167)


  • Booklist Editors’ Choice – Books for Youth – Older Readers Category: 2006
  • USBBY Outstanding International Books – Grades 6-8: 2007
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults: 2007
  • YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens: 2007


10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, Autobiography, Graphic Novel, Non-fiction, Teen