DuBurke’s gritty black-and-white artwork employs foreshortened backgrounds to bring the action right up in the reader’s face, whether it’s talking heads calmly discussing their theories on Yummy’s disordered personality, families in mourning, or a semiautomatic pointed directly out of the frame. Call it historical fiction to be technically correct, but for kids who still grow up believing that “you make it past 19 these days, you a senior citizen around here,” it’s heartbreakingly contemporary.
We’ve always felt strongly that Yummy’s story needed to be told, and it’s great that readers feel the same. If you’re getting ready to read Yummy, don’t forget that we’ve got lots of extra resources available to help you out:
- A book trailer to get kids hooked
- Discussion questions to help readers process the story
- A BookTalk with the author and illustrator for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a graphic novel
- The original Time Magazine article on Yummy’s life and death: “Murder in Miniature”