Joseph Lambert‘s book Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller is out in the world this week and already receiving high praise from book reviewers and literary sources. The fifth book in the collaboration of The Center for Cartoon Studies Presents and Hyperion proves to be yet another gem, joining the likes of Satchel Paige, Amelia Earhart, Thoreau at Walden and Houdini.
Annie Sullivan on her way to meet Helen
The graphic novel became Booklist Online’s Book of the Day! Ian Chipman was swept away by the both story and experience of learning without image or sound experience “but rarely is it presented in such a breathtaking, original, and empathetic fashion.” Joseph Lambert (CCS ’08) allowed the reader to learn WITH the blind and mute Helen Keller as her world grows from a mere black void into shapes that have meaning and relationships with one another.
Likewise, Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan found the “the life-changing moment at the well are powerfully portrayed in 16 small panels per page [compared to the infamous Kirby six panels a page], in art that makes good use of light and dark. The limitations of their initial communications is illustrated to great effect this way.” The lessons coupled with entries from Sullivan’s own journal show her struggle with relationships of objects and the hope that Helen never tires of their learning game.
The headstrong story of Helen Keller and her earthly-Virgil, friend and teacher Annie Sullivan cannot be missed. Pick up a copy today from your local bookstore, online or local library! We’d love to hear what you have to say too. Please visit our Facebook page and drop a comment about Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller.