By Zack Smith
Memoirs about unhappy childhoods are common, but David Small’s Stitches is anything but. Growing up with emotionally-distant parents, Small developed a cancerous mass as a result of his father constantly exposing him to high-powered X-rays. The result left him barely able to speak above a whisper.
But gradually, Small was able to find his voice – both literally and figuratively – and go on to a successful career as a Caldecott Medal-winning writer and illustrator of children’s books. But he recently stepped into darker and more personal territory with Stitches, his first graphic novel.