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My plane just landed in Chicago about an hour ago. It was an awesome weekend in San Diego, and on the plane, my wife wrote the review/reflection for today’s book!
Title: What Do You Do With An Idea?
Author(s): Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom
Publisher: Compendium (2013)
Age Rating: All Ages
Blog the first: Kallenborn’s wife (also Kallenborn…Kori to be more specific)
Eric and I read the children’s book What Do You Do With An Idea? today by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom, whilst waiting for our flight at the San Diego Airport. I say Airport, but it was really more of a bus terminal with a food stand. In true Kallenborn fashion, we showed up for our flight with an hour to spare, with no where to sit, or even stand comfortably. So, we took the elevators back down to security and sat behind the area where people get frisked. *Side note, one of those people was me earlier in the day, when, to my disappointment, the female TSA agent asked me to turn around to see the results of my body scan, where a picture of an outline of a human body stood with its arms above its head, with a highlighted yellow box directly over its crotch.* So we made ourselves comfortable on the benches next to everyone putting on their shoes, and cracked open the book.
Eric read it out loud to me while I sat next to him with my legs crossed on the bench. It was the perfect way to end a weekend of adulting. Eric met me in San Diego on Friday where I had been since Wednesday attending conference. Having been freshly frisked in this crowded airport, a uniquely adult experience, it felt very comfortable to sit on a bench and read a book such as this one with my best friend. The book takes a simple universal concept, an “idea,” something we have all had at least once in our lives, and finds a way to explain how difficult it can sometimes be to trust and believe in that idea, and hence, to trust and believe in yourself. I’ve struggled with this concept since my youth. At the very young age of six, I decided that I wanted to become a writer. I asked my parents for a typewriter for my seventh birthday, and would sit in front of it, pretending to be someone very important and creative, and type out stories of monsters, and sisters, and owls without friends.
Somewhere along the way in my quest to create, I stopped believing that I had that power, that somehow being creative was this intangible thing that I didn’t deserve, that was reserved for interesting people with pink hair and combat boots and tattoos. Not for boring people like me who liked the simpler things in life like laying around the house and cuddling with my dog and curling up next to my husband in the back corner of an airport. This book brought me back to those emotions, and made me realize something that I have come to be very aware of: that the only reason for my failure has been my own self destruction.
Don’t get me wrong, I would consider myself to be a very successful person. I have a job that I love, friends and family that I care for deeply, a beautiful albeit modest and outdated home that I can call my own, and the ability to travel all over the world with the person I care most about most. Whatever my failures have been, they’ve lead me to success of a different kind. But I have failed the girl in front of the typewriter. When did it happen? Perhaps it happened when I shared my idea of writing with the world, and was told that it was stupid, that I would starve and not be able to support myself, that I would never be able to think of anything as creative as what’s already out there to read, so why try? But as this book suggests, although those around you may not believe in your idea, that’s ok – the only one that has to believe is you.
I love this book. I want to make sure that my niece and nephews get a copy so that I can make sure that even if their ideas aren’t perfect, they are theirs, and that is something truly amazing. We are all creative – it is not something reserved for the few of us who find a way to wear the creativity they possess on their sleeve. And as this book suggests, even though it is very difficult to believe in yourself, if you do, your ideas can change the world.
I would like to thank my amazing wife for writing that inspired post, and I hope to get here voice out here a bit more in the future!
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