[Monday Reading] Kingdom

Kingdom by Job McNaught



Written and illustrated by:
Jon McNaught
Published by: Nobrow Press
ISBN 13: 978-1910620243

Kingdom captures the journey of a mother bringing her son and daughter to re-create similar trips taken when she was a child, to a caravan park, and a visit to a relative, in painstaking detail.

Anyone who has ever been taken on a road trip by their parents would find something that resonates, in this mostly wordless graphic novel.

As one reviewer says, “McNaught is not much interested in dialogue or plot, though there is no shortage of text, from retail signage to the “plip plip” of water dripping in a seaside cave. He invests instead in mood…”.

Perhaps it was the mood of the book that brought back my own memories of a family road trip during the early 1980s, along the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, from Singapore to Desaru to Kuantan, and staying in a Holiday Inn.

With mum, dad and younger sister somewhere along the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, early 1980s.

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12 comments on “[Monday Reading] Kingdom

  1. Looks Interesting, thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a great reading week

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  2. That is a unique book. The family pic was also neat, as you wrote, we can all make a connection to that. Thanks for sharing!


  3. What a great picture! I haven’t read many (any?) wordless graphic novels, so it’d be interesting to try this one out.

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  4. That’s a neat looking graphic novel. I don’t think I’ve ever panels laid out quite like that.

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  5. Looks wonderful, Kenneth. As others have written, we all remember those road trips, and without AC, too. Thanks for sharing this book!

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  6. I love road trips–I may have to check this one out!

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  7. Thanks for the heads up about this graphic novel Kenneth. My family didn’t do to many long road trips unless they were necessary. I’m still looking forward to reading this one.

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  8. Oh my goodness, almost all of my holidays were road trips when I was a kid, always camping, because it was cheap! Fond memories of those days! 🙂


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  10. My oldest daughter like to illustrate our family road trips, so I’m going to have to hunt down Kingdom for her. Adding it to my list. Thanks for sharing, Kenneth!

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