But I Really Wanted to Be an Anthropologist is an introduction to the world of Margaux, a charming 30-something living in Paris, navigating the world as an illustrator. This diary documents her day-to-day existence with her boyfriend and young daughter, drinking and smoking, and the difficulties of a persistent and precocious child. Anyone who's ever worn inappropriate shoes to the supermarket or danced around the house in their underwear will be charmed by Motin's irreverent humour.
"Motin's autobiographical comic gives readers a delightful young French woman who works to balance a blogging career, motherhood, and a fancifully romantic partnership. The balancing-act episodes collected here range in length from one page to four, with unpaneled cartoon passages titled in prose (Kids are like alcohol; The magic elevator). The artwork shows actions and expressions with the kind of hyperness one imagines Motin must lead her real daily life, washed in pinks and reds and a bit of violet according to her depicted mood. Words are nicely chosen to show off her essentially optimistic wit (and duly translated to keep the spirit of her humor). It's easy to sympathize with her, empathize with her husband, and appreciate her cheeky three-year-old as well as share the relief of visits with her girlfriends. Like Lewis Trondheim's Little Nothings books, albeit with wholly different personalities and concerns, this is an easy collection to enjoy by comics fans and anyone else who wants to make the acquaintance of a goodhearted and youthful thirtysomething.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"French blogger and illustrator Motin makes her English-language debut in this funny and fresh translation of her first graphic novel. Originally published in France in 2009, the book collects largely stand-alone cartoons in the style of Motin's blog. Fashion-obsessed, self-employed artist Motin is the mother of a toddler ("the tyrant"), has a tense relationship with her mother, and is married to a man who provides equal opportunities to be the butt of the joke-and to turn the joke back around on Motin. The humor translates brilliantly because her self-mockery is in exactly the right tone to make readers rejoice in her small victories. Several of the anecdotes are also reminiscent of comedies where adults who have responsibilities sometimes still act like they did when they were in college, with funny and revealing results. Motin's cartoonish illustrations and her use of color for effect rather than realism create a whimsical tone and bolster her already comedic antics. A great choice for a beach read-or a guilty pleasure. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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