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Lint Boy and Lint Bear live in their cozy dryer home, carefree and happy—until the day Lint Bear is snatched away by a cruel woman with a vendetta against dolls! Can Lint Boy unite a group of lost dolls to vanquish the villain and save his brother?This magical story is showcased in the stunning full-color art of this young graphic novel. A gently gothic, age-appropriate blLint Boy and Lint Bear live in their cozy dryer home, carefree and happy—until the day Lint Bear is snatched away by a cruel woman with a vendetta against dolls! Can Lint Boy unite a group of lost dolls to vanquish the villain and save his brother?This magical story is showcased in the stunning full-color art of this young graphic novel. A gently gothic, age-appropriate blend of Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, Lint Boy is a compelling tale of good vs. evil that will leave readers spellbound....

Title : Lint Boy
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ISBN : 9780544528604
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Lint Boy Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-01-05 09:26

    A strange and wonderful graphic novel for tween (maybe 8-12) readers that has a bit of a nostalgic feel to it, recalling The Gingerbread Boy and fairy tales with mean adults as in the Bros Grimm. The story features two brothers, Lint Boy and Lint Bear, who are made—not surprisingly, but still humorously and originally—out of lint and buttons and string, whipped together in a dryer. I used to have nightmares about dolls coming to life—that Chucky thing—but this is Horror Lite, really, something a little shy of Gaiman’s Coraline (it's those button eyes), maybe something along the lines of Tim Burton. The art is great, wonderfully strange, with a slight Golden Age feel to it. A little evil girl named Tortura with a dog named Snort tortures homemade dolls for some vague reason (did we need an origin story and psychoanalysis for the witch in Hansel and Gretel?!). She’s just Bad., okay? Tortura grows up to become Mrs. PinchNSqueeze, and she continues to keep a long line of Snorts. She also steals dolls from little children and keeps them in cages (such as bird and hamster cages) she hangs from the ceiling. She plays a mean game she calls Rattle Battle with them, pretty much traumatizing the dolls. Okay, it has a happy ending, because Lint Boy goes to save Lint Bear (who, right, got captured, too) and the rest of the dolls. Solidarity Forever wins the day, let’s just say.Oh! And the single socks that you have been mystified about losing all of your life of doing laundry? They are also here in captivity, kept by the mean witch, so you just might want to see what happens when they are. . . reunited, as Peaches and Herb used to sing. Goodreads rating is very very low for some reason for this book, but I really liked it. It has some gaps in logic in it here and there in the story, but it is overall strangely wonderful and very funny.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2018-12-31 08:05

    A Coraline-esque fairytale of good and bad, love and friendship and a lot of imaginative creatures, Lint Boy is very short but a wonderful book with great morals embedded in its pages.

  • Sandra
    2019-01-16 08:27

    I liked the illustrations and the setting, and of course the message about friendship, team work and even forgiveness. At the same time I found it plain, with lovely but flat characters, and in some way lacking. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange of a honest review.

  • Chad
    2018-12-27 11:25

    A quirky, strange little comic / picture book about two dolls (Lint Boy and Lint Bear) who were created by lint and buttons getting tossed around in the dryer. When Lint Bear gets taken by a nasty old woman who hates dolls, Lint Boy comes to the rescue (sort of).Reminiscent of Coraline, Tim Burton and Edward Gorey, fans of things that are just a little bit off will dig this book. I thought it was pretty great.Received an advance copy from Clarion Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amina
    2019-01-18 07:10

    I loved the illustration "à la Tim Burton", they were awesome!Lint Boy is a great and quick read, with the magical world of dolls and clothers in the back of the dryer. I've always believed my dolls and Teddy bears had their own lives.Alterning between charming and scary moments, this book is all about brotherhood, friendship and how when united, we can vainquish and overcome obsacles.

  • Monica Edinger
    2018-12-24 06:06

    This is definitely a most unique book. At times cute, funny, and then at others very scary ---in a fairy tale way. The opening, for instance, is so witty: "Not so long ago, in the back of a dryer very much like yours, three buttons, a pluck of wool, and a ball of lint bumped into each other so hard they didn't come apart. They wiggled and twitched, and soon Lint Boy was born." The images are soft watercolors. But what happens is pretty intense indeed! Somewhat in the tradition of other toy stories (Pinocchio, Edward Tulane, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Doll People), but also completely original. I'm going to give it to some students and see what they think.

  • Lynn
    2018-12-22 07:06

    Unique and wildly imaginative. I KNEW there was a secret world in clothes dryers! Sometimes sweet, sometimes scary, in this twist on Hansel and Gretel, two lint brothers save each other and free the captive dolls from a modern day witch. The illustrations were wonderful and since I read this in galley, that says a lot. I'm eager to see the finished copy.

  • La La
    2018-12-25 12:26

    The illustrations in this book are stellar! The story is bizarrely whimsical. I have this categorized as a "picture book" because it is classified as Juvenile Fiction, but it is more like a graphic novel for kids. It is also more than a bit scary at some points, so I am saying at least first grade age. I would read it first and determine how you rate the fright factor before sharing it with your child. This is also a book I think teens would enjoy getting as a novelty gift. It has a wonderful message."Not so long ago, in the back of a dryer very much like yours, three buttons, a pluck of wool, and a ball of lint bumped into each other so hard they didn't come apart. They wiggled and twitched, and soon Lint Boy was born."And for the readers who left bad reviews below because, "Kids would probably like this better than I did," it's a fudge-caking BOOK FOR KIDS! Get a clue. Please!I was approved for an eARC, via Netgalley, in return for an honest review.

  • Nicola Mansfield
    2019-01-13 11:32

    A wonderful graphic novel for kids. I just love dolls-coming-to-life stories and this one is a bit gloomy and goth with a happy ending. The art is terrific, I especially liked Lint Boy and Pinhead. The graphic format is not typical, using a wide variety of designs. Some pages are more picture book with a narrative square, others still form a picture book page but with word bubbles for the text, and finally others use the typical frames format. There is a mean old hag and stories of doll torture so sensitive kids may be scared but all others will love the tale.

  • Gary Anderson
    2019-01-19 05:11

    Lint Boy, the new graphic novel for young readers from Aileen Leijten, is just weird enough to work. After all, laundry has mystical properties. Laundry-doers realize that socks appear and disappear, and lint basically creates itself, so Lint Boy and Lint Bear conjuring themselves out of laundry dust is a relatively easy premise to accept. The plot revolves around how Lint Boy and Lint Bear, along with other doll-like beings, are tormented by Tortura, now known as Mrs. PinchNSqueeze, and her long line of pugs named Snort.With echoes of the Little Gingerbread Boy, Coraline, and the Toys Go Out series, Lint Boy is mostly just adventuresome fun. The panel arrangements are varied and used effectively to emphasize crucial plot points. Because I’d rather see clever than crude, my only reservation is how the dog pee gag and faux-swearing (“Where the friggles am I?”) come across as self-conscious attempts at humor. Maybe elementary-age readers will get a misguided charge out of them.Lint Boy is likely to be popular with elementary students and will give its readers a lot to talk about, and it might just spark some imaginative ponderings about household chores.

  • Bruce Gargoyle
    2018-12-21 06:11

    I received a copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley for review.Ten Second Synopsis:Lint Boy and Lint Bear are born from the remnants of lint floating in the dryer. When Lint Bear goes missing, Lint Boy must venture forth from the dryer in search of his best and only friend - but will he be prepared for the wickedness outside the world of whitegoods?This book felt like something different right from the very first page.  The setting - the inside of a clothes dryer - and the protagonists - creatures made from discarded lint - are not the most obvious candidates for middle grade fare, so straight off the bat there was some originality apparent in the story.  The format of the book is similarly different from the usual.  The narrative style is fable-like and combines small blocks of text with graphic novel style dialogue and illustrative panels.  The book is divided into chapters but these chapters are largely driven by imagery rather than text.  The story is simple enough - after Lint Boy and Lint Bear vacate the dryer it becomes apparent that they are in danger from the particularly nasty owner of the house.  The reader is given some backstory as to who this woman might be and what her motivations are for being such an unpleasant (and downright torturous) individual.  Throughout the story, Lint Boy and Lint Bear are given opportunities to break out of their everyday roles and become leaders to a band of lost and cowed toys.  The story is all wrapped up in this single volume which makes it a good choice for when you are looking for an original, interesting fantasy tale but don't want to commit to a series.There was definitely something missing in my reading experience of Lint Boy and I think that something was production values.  The story reminded me strongly of Ollie's Odyssey by William Joyce, a similar beautifully illustrated story about a missing toy and a bully with a tortured past, but with much greater attention to presentation and the overall feel of the book.While the illustrations in Lint Boy are gorgeous, the formatting of the text and dialogue - and particularly the font - didn't quite fit the gothic style of the pictures.  This may be an "uncorrected proof" issue and might be different in the final version of the book, but as it is, the mismatch of hand-drawn illustrations and computer-generated font didn't work for me.  Similarly, I felt that the book, while a solid read, couldn't quite decide whether it was going to be a novel or a graphic novel and so the story suffered a little in being too sparse in parts and over-explained in others.  Personally, I would have liked to have seen Lint Boy's story fleshed out a little more and lengthened into a middle grade novel, without sacrificing the excellent illustrations.  Alternately, getting rid of the blocks of text and making the tale a full graphic novel would have worked equally well to rid the tome of its "not one thing or another" feel.If the quality and depth of the story had matched the quality of the illustrations in this tome, I think I would have had to nominate this one as a Top Book of 2017 pick.  As it is, it's still a quirky and original tale with beguiling illustrations and characters, but I was hoping for a meatier reading experience here.

  • Elke
    2018-12-30 10:18

    This was a very unusual comic-like story. The illustrations are awesome, very expressive and cute and unique. I loved the dangerous adventure of lint boy and his cuddly brother lint bear. The fact that the monster in this story is human and not some fable creature provided a dark undertone. Despite the fantasy quality of living dolls and socks, it shows that such mean creatures really exist in our world. Children may not yet draw that line from fiction to reality, and after finishing the book my son immediately asked why the old woman was so mean and what made her so. Unfortunately, the book does not offer much explanation in that regard, and even the ending was only an escape from that answer. As it is, it leaves room for your own imagination and thoughts, which can be a good thing as well. However, I recommend to read this book together with your child so you are able to discuss it afterwards and help them draw their own conclusions.A different and thought-provoking variation of the hero vs. monster theme which shows that more can be achieved if you have friends and hold together.(Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of the book, all opinions are my own)

  • Kendall
    2018-12-21 11:21

    Quirky and sometimes dark, this children's graphic novel felt almost like a Tim Burton/Neil Gaiman collaboration. Weird and wonderful, the story begins in a clothes dryer, where two scraps of lint and wool become friends--Lint Boy and Lint Bear--and are having fun and adventure in the confines of the dryer... until Mrs. Pinchnsqueeze captures Lint Bear and puts him in a hanging cage where other tortured dolls (at the hands of Mrs. P) hang in their own sad, little cages. Lint Boy goes on a rescue mission to save his brother and finds much more than he bargained for. A story about overcoming fears through friendship and good winning over evil (did I mention Mrs. P's real name is Tortura?), I adored this odd little book and its stunning artwork.

  • Dyan
    2018-12-22 13:03

    I got this on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Lint Boy is a children's book about a lint boy and his friend Lint Bear. When his brother Bear loses his way, he goes to look for him and embarks on an exciting adventure.I liked this! It was a quick read. Some short thoughts:- The first page says 'friggles' or fuck. I know we're dealing with a kids book here, but can anyone tell me if this is a word people actually say?- It was laid on a bit thick how 'evil' our antagonist Tortura (yes, really) is.- There were good morals in here which were communicated clearly, like the importance of sharing and giving one another second chances.

  • Raye
    2018-12-23 13:13

    I won a copy of this book from Goodreads and when I got it my parents looked at me weird. I’m not sure why they were surprised that this is something I would want to read, since I read pretty much anything and everything I can get my hands on. Not to mention this actually sounded like a good story. But for some reason they were shocked and it kind of confused me. I’m so glad I entered and that I won because I really enjoyed this graphic novel.I thought the story and the illustrations were both amazing. While reading I was so sucked in that at one point my dad asked me what was wrong because I guess I looked upset or something. I just started ranting about how mean Mrs. PinchnSqueeze is and then went back to reading.I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lint Boy and I might just have to get a finished copy to have on my shelves for when my cousins kids come over. Or for myself. 🙂

  • Shandra
    2019-01-05 11:32

    Lint Boy and Lint Bear spontaneously came to life in the dryer one day, and became the best of friends. One day, Lint Bear doesn't hide quickly enough, and is removed from the dryer. This is the story of Lint Boy's quest to find Lint Bear, and what he learns about lost socks, stolen dolls, and the mean old lady who lives in the house...As other reviewers have noted, the illustrations are a bit Tim Burton-esque, and the story itself is a little dark. This is a great graphic novel for tweens who like their stories a little scary, yet still want a happy ending.

  • Laura
    2018-12-29 06:15

    Cute, fun, surreal all ages story. Great art.

  • Lindsey
    2019-01-11 11:15

    I enjoyed this story and the artwork.

  • Noura
    2019-01-02 06:17

    An adorable read with beautiful illustrations that compliments the story about a lint boy and the adventure he goes on to find his brother.

  • Beth
    2018-12-30 09:23

    I thought this graphic novel was very clever. I have no idea how the author came up with the story, but it was original. I think adults might appreciate it more, but kids will enjoy it. The dog at the end is hilarious!

  • Megan
    2019-01-20 09:16

    Am not sure that this should be in the juvenile graphic novels...

  • Jackie Mercer
    2019-01-01 05:08

    Lint Boy by Aileen Leijten tells the story of Lint Boy and Lint Bear, two dolls who live comfortably and happily together in their dryer home until Lint Bear is taken out of the dryer by the evil Mrs. PinchSqueeze. Lint Boy has to come to the rescue of Lint Bear and other dolls who have been imprisoned by Mrs. PinchSqueeze. This story goes from funny and cute to scary and suspenseful and back again. The artwork is simple, but beautiful. I really enjoyed the water-color look. This book was a new spin on the traditional fairytale. It's also a reminder that heroes come in all shapes and sizes (and materials)!

  • Edward Sullivan
    2018-12-24 05:04

    Weird and quite silly with a good dose of scares.

  • Andréa
    2018-12-27 07:30

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  • Lillian
    2018-12-29 08:10

    The book Lint Boy by Aileen Leijten is a charming quick read. Finished in 30 minutes to an hour, and the simplistic language and Tim-Burton style proportions, the graphic novel includes pastel colors and a summer theme; this, overall, creates an easily understood book for small children approaching longer vocabulary and books. However, I do have a fair warning for all readers, especially young ones, approaching this: Tortura. Now, this kind of character is always dangerous in seemingly child-ish books. Like Sid from Toy Story, she is a truly vile character that, despite the childish undertones of the book suggest, is entirely antagonistic and drawn as a terrible, disgusting person. She dips the toys into vats of ooze to see if they will move. She spits on them. She disrespects them. She swings broomsticks over the cages to lock them out. She "transforms" them, taking their cute appearance, pulling out their eyes, turning them inside out and more. To be clear, 'them' refers to the doll colony gained with the protagonist. There is no positive quality with Tortura. One could argue, 'hey, the book is confused with its overall style' but, I like to view this as multiple layers to the story and a range of characters and styles. Once more, this is like Toy Story; it has the leading protagonists and people that to things that would bring young, tough kids to tears and truly dig deep in others. In the entirety of this book, with the charming characters and styles, I find the overall experience to be fantastic if read by the right readers, like nostalgic older people looking for a good read or tougher, small children who could manage Toy Story.This book is sweet and scary, this book is witty, and I love it to death.

  • Lisa Katzenberger
    2019-01-12 10:04

    Lint Boy is a graphic novel geared toward ages 7-10 about a chunk of wool and dryer lint that comes to life and turns into a boy. I think. The story is pretty different. Lint Boy lives happily in the dark of the dryer and but then gets separated from his best friend, Lint Bear, by the cruel owner (only seen as a pair of wrinkly hands) who takes out the laundry. Next, in a flashback, we meet a young girl, Tortura. She is described as "as evil as can be" and has a "vile" dog. This girl is mean. Nasty. She likes to play tricks on her neighbor, and one day steals his doll. The story reverts back to present tense with Lint Boy still trying to reunite with Lint Bear, only to find the wrinkly hands owner (guess who?) has stolen and caged up plenty of other dolls. She likes to torture them, too.There is a lesson here, about good vs. evil, and determination. But, for me the underlying themes of abduction and abuse were too dark. I read it to my six-year-olds, who listened intently (my little boy actually covered his mouth in worry at one point). They were a little confused by the plotline, but they are on the younger side of the target age range. I think older kids will follow it, but a conversation with an adult afterward is probably a pretty good idea. That said, the art was amazing. Ms. Leijten drawings are vivid and a somehow gentle contrast to the dark story. Plus, she makes a chunk of lint into a believable, life-like character. If you are a fan of Tim Burton, this book will be right up your alley.Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

  • Emma Andje
    2018-12-26 13:19

    This book is just plain...weird. Don't get me wrong, I love something that is a bit quirky. However, Lint Boy was too out there for me. One reason this book did not do it for me is because I am not sure the book knows who the target market is. The writing is more fitting for an older audience as is the content (such as torture and animal abuse) and the way the book is organized into chapters. But, the illustrations and the overall story would be better for a younger audience. A boy made of lint, who bears an unremarkable resemblance to a previous lint boy that an old lady owned (or more like stole from a boy she did not like), has his friend/brother taken from their nice home in the clothes drier. Lint Boy then goes on a mission to save his brother and the other toys an abhorrent old lady has trapped. This tale is a mixture of flashbacks and imagination that will take your mind on a trip. It would be remiss of me not to mention that the illustrations were well done and that Lint Boy is very, very unique. There is nothing exactly like it, while at the same time there is enough that I could refer one to if they did like it or vice versa. That being said, this book was definitely not my particular flavor of oddity, but I can see myself possibly recommending it. I was given an ARC of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

  • Natalie Pietro
    2018-12-23 08:11

    Did you ever see the episode of the Carol Burnett show where she lost a sock and crawled into the dryer to discover an odd world of lost things and oddities? Did you ever wonder what happens when the dryer door close and that missing sock or lint ball come alive? This graphic novel reminds me of that fond episode. Lint boy and Lint Bear are brothers till the end. Until one fearful day when Lint Bear was helplessly taken away. Lint Boy is swallowed in sadness and aches for Lint Bears return. There was an old hag who was mean to the bones. She stole dolls and kicked dogs and made you feel quite sad. She tattered poor dolls and forced them to come alive proving she was not deranged as a little girl. Meshing these tales together felt right. An old crone, mystifying dolls, and one snotty dog, make this modern fairytale pop. It will make you hopeful these friends will break free and reconnect. This graphic novel is for the young but has nostalgia for the mature soul. The artwork was playful as the words flowed effortlessly among the pages. This fairytale has a classic quality yet a new sense of wonder.

  • Marzie
    2018-12-25 10:14

    I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.This is a charming dark fairy tale about the power of love and working together. Lint Boy and his brother, Lint Bear, are dolls who were born in a clothes dryer of, you guessed it, lint, buttons and thread. When playful Lint Bear is snatched by the evil hag/mean old lady Tortura, ignoring the fears of all the odd socks, Lint Boy is determined to rescue his brother. Battling Tortura, her dog Snort, and the fear of dolls abused at Tortura's hands, Lint Boy manages to save the day!Younger children (under age six) might be scared of Tortura and her doll-torturing ways but older children will no doubt be rooting for the dolls and cheering them on. Leijten's delicate watercolor illustrations are lovely in this dark tale that reminds me of some of Gaiman's or Dahl's children's stories. Youngsters who enjoy the book might want to try their hand at making their own lint doll!

  • Bluesy
    2019-01-20 09:10

    I loved this book. I would not have guessed that a book about a lint doll living in a dryer would capture my heart but it has. This graphic novel, probably best geared for 4th grade through middle-schoolers was reminiscent in plot of the toys in the first "Toy Story" movie who were tortured by an evil child. However, the tone is far more Tim Burton/Lemony Snicket quirky than bright, modern Pixar. The choice to tell this dark, twisted fairy tale using an antique, soft, nostalgic color pallet with beautiful, delicate hand-drawn pencil and light washed watercolors was just the right mix to tell this unusual story.It definitely could not have been an easy story to pull off and in the hands of a less skilled artist, it would not have been nearly as charming -- however Aileen Leijten's art really came through and made this a fascinating page turner that was both fun to read and memorable. Bravo!