I Was a Child is an illustrated memoir by Bruce Eric Kaplan, the renowned New Yorker cartoonist.
Bruce Eric Kaplan, also known as BEK, is one of the most celebrated
and admired cartoonists in America. I Was a Child is the
story of his childhood in suburban New Jersey, detailing the small
moments we all experience: going to school, playing with friends,
family dinners, watching TV on a hot summer night, and so on. It
would seem like a conventional childhood, although Kaplan's
anecdotes are accompanied by his signature drawings of family
outings and life at home-road trips, milk crates, hamsters,
ashtrays, a toupee, a platypus, and much more. Kaplan's cartoons,
although simple, are never straightforward; they encompass an easy
irony and dark humor that often cuts straight to the truth of
experience. Brilliantly relatable and genuinely moving, I Was a
Child is about our attempts to understand the mysteries that
are our parents, our families, and ourselves.