Burt's Way Home by John Martz

Burt's Way Home

Written by John Martz
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Burt's Way Home by John Martz

Burt's Way Home is an incredibly moving story of what it means to find your place in the world. A subtle and poetic take on the 'home is where the heart is' aphorism filled with the unparalleled storytelling and character designs of the singular John Martz.Presented in beautiful two-colour pages that reflect the unique duality of the story, which is told in alternating formats from alternate perspectives - Lydia's half of the story is told in single-image vignettes, and Burt's half of the story is told in multi-panel comic strips.Burt's stories are filled with his stories of cosmic adventuring whereas Lydia's are grounded in reality and the simple moments of life, leading us to think that maybe, Burt is making it all up. It is never explicit, and Lydia's story never contradicts Burt's, but it seems likely that Burt is an orphan who lost his parents recently and is grieving/coping through fantasy and daydreaming.The book, like life, does not offer concrete answers, but it affirms for its readers that one the greatest benefits of literature, specifically children's literature, is that it teaches us compassion and allows us to dream.


This incredibly sweet story is aimed at kids, but its emotional depth will satisfy many adults. - John Seven, The Comics Beat Kids will love the story of Burt trying to get back home and his ingenuity (as well as the surprise about his family). Parents will love how the story explores the dynamic beyond birth families. - Carrie Anne, EverythingMom Readers of all ages, including parents, will enjoy the way that Burt's fantasy and Lydia's caring presence come together in this wonderful graphic novel. - Alice Albarda, Resource Links John Martz has created a sweet story that is both whimsical and grounded in Burt's Way Home, a story that could easily be heartbreaking, but which ends on an unmistakable note of hope. - Meredith Cleversey, CM: Canadian Review of Materials 4/4 and Highly Recommended Toronto cartoonist and illustrator John Martz is an Eisner and Governor General's Literary Award nominee at the top of his game. With clean lines and understated simplicity, the wordless spreads speak as loudly as those with text. - Linda Ludke, Quill & Quire A perfectly formed little book, this is set amongst snowflakes, staring out at the stars. - Stephen L. Holland, Page 45 Burt's Way Home is a touching story that mixes the prosaic details of foster care with the grand scope of a space opera. - Dan Kois, The Slate Book Review This is a book of the sweetest optimism. 'You'll understand when you're older

- Kate Beaton, author of Hark! A VagrantPraise for A Cat Named Tim and Other StoriesShortlisted for The Governor General's Literary AwardsNominated for the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7) Kids will love the cute animals and their silly antics. It is perfect for early readers and visual learners and will be a welcome addition to any early readers

- Lori Henderson, Good Comics For Kids, School Library Journal Martz

-colored and a joy to look at. - Rich Barrett, Mental Floss Visual learners and younger children alike will pore delightedly over these nearly wordless sequences. - Kirkus This book could be for kids who cannot read or kids that can but like to tell their own story. The pictures are fun for anyone to look at. - Adam, Age 7, San Francisco Book Review This colorful book is destined to be a hit with imaginative little ones. - Allyce Amidon, Foreword Reviews John Martz is a master of inventive comics storytelling, and this is the kind of book I wish I'd had when I was a kid: inspiring, eye-opening, and never not fun. A Cat Named Tim is a treasure chest of wonderful. - Ryan North, Adventure Time, Dinosaur Comics

About the Author

John Martz is a cartoonist and illustrator in Toronto, ON. He is the creator of the wordless online comic strip Machine Gum, and the illustrator of several picture books including Abbott & Costello's Who's On First? (Quirk Books, 2013). His comics and illustrations have appeared in The Globe & Mail, MAD Magazine, Lucky Peach, Canadian Notes & Queries, and kus! He won the 2013 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Story for his comic book Gold Star (Retrofit Comics, 2012). His book, A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories, was shortlisted for The Governor General's Literary Awards and was nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7).

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48 pages


John Martz
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Koyama Press

Publication date

13th September 2016



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