Kampung Boy – tacos review

Sweet and funny cartoon style book from an internationally acclaimed master of the genre, LAT

This is such a warm and unforgettable memoir of what it was like to grow up in a small Malaysian Village called a Kampung.

Set in the 1950’s, this is a life told from the perspective of a small boy in a simpler time enjoying a simpler way of life. It’s so good, it makes you want to kick off your shoes and socks, throw away your phone and ipad and wish you were right there with him – on each of his daily adventures.

Food, Fishing and Making Mischief

The local villages of the area are starting to lose their traditional way of life with tin mines and factories increasing. Many plantation workers are now heading into the factories and life is changing for the villagers. Yet this young Muslim boy still manages to find all the mischief of a time gone by.

Oh, the illustrations in this book are so super-expressive, quirky and fun. they really capture the feel and fun nature of the villages and the lifestyle of the time.

This is a joy to read at any age. I’d call it the ultimate family reading book that captures the wonders of childhood growing up in obviously a much simpler time and place.


Title: Kampung Boy

Author / Illustrator: Lat

Published in Australia by: Wilkins Farago, 2009

Original publishers: Berita Publishing, Kuala Lumpur, 1979

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